John D. White ’70 – Robert L. Walker ’58
Music Activities Center
From football games to formal concerts, Texas A&M University has a rich musical tradition, one that includes a wide variety of performances and covers a diverse set of genres. The new John D. White ’70 – Robert L. Walker ’58 Music Activities Center will accommodate more than 1,300 student musicians who participate in the bands, choirs and orchestras at Texas A&M.
Located on the corner of George Bush Drive and Coke Street, the facility will include:
- Four large rehearsal halls with state-of-the-art acoustics.
- A 100-yard artificial turf practice field for the Aggie Band that will eliminate uneven or unsafe rehearsal conditions.
- Soundproof practice rooms with extended student access.
- Ample locker space for instrument storage.
- Opportunities within the building to tell students, former students and visitors about the proud traditions of music organizations at Texas A&M.
What’s in a Name?
Thanks to a $10 million naming gift from the Corpus Christi-based Ed Rachal Foundation, this new facility has a name. In a surprise announcement in February 2016, Rachal Foundation CEO Paul Altheide and Chairman David Hoyer announced that the organization would request to name the new facility in honor of Dr. Robert Walker ’58 and John White ’70, former board members of the Rachal Foundation who were instrumental in establishing its relationship with Texas A&M. The Board of Regents approved the naming at its April 2016 meeting.
The university and the Texas A&M Foundation would like to thank the following donors for their support:
- The Ed Rachal Foundation
- Anne and David Dunlap ’83
- Elizabeth and Paul “Haskell” Motheral ’52
- Patricia and Weldon Kruger ’53
The Music Activities Center will house the following musical groups at Texas A&M:
- The Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band
- Wind Symphony
- Symphonic Winds
- Symphonic Band
- Concert Band
- Jazz Ensemble I
- Jazz Ensemble II
- Aggieland Orchestra
- Singing Cadets
- Century Singers
- Women’s Chorus
- Chamber Orchestra
- Philharmonic Orchestra
- Sponsored Student Music Ensembles
Texas A&M University has committed to funding half of the $40 million necessary to construct the Music Activities Center; the other $20 million will come from donor support through the Texas A&M Foundation. To date, we have received pledges for more than $19 million, and are just shy of reaching our goal. With your help, we will transform music education at Texas A&M.
For more information about supporting this initiative, contact:
Cindy Munson, Senior Director of Major Gifts
Listen to a related podcast about Texas A&M student musician Kyle Cox ’18 and our need for a new Music Activities Center.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q.When will the center be open?
A.We plan to break ground in the fall of 2017, with the completed facility opening in summer of 2019.
Q. Why do you need a replacement for the E.V. Adams Band Hall?
A. The E.V. Adams Band Hall can no longer safely accommodate the bands and ensembles that practice under its roof. This new facility will provide state-of-the-art practice and rehearsal spaces, and will comfortably fit the 1,300+ student musicians who will use the building to create beautiful sounds.
Q. How big will the center be?
A. The center will be 70,000 square feet.
Q. Will the center be designed to LEED specifications?
A. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is changing the way we think about how buildings and communities are planned, constructed, maintained and operated. The center will be designed to LEED Silver specifications.
Q: Who will be designing and building the new Music Activities Center?
A: Plans for the center were designed by Brown Reynolds Watford Architects and Hammel, Green and Abrahamson, Inc. Collectively, these two firms have designed 11 Texas A&M projects, including the Music Building at Texas A&M Commerce, the Liberal Arts and Humanities Building, the Francis Hall renovation, and the Evans Library and Library Annex renovations. They have also been involved in 90 performing arts projects, 75 collegiate rehearsal halls, and have won 85 national and regional design awards. Construction will be implemented by Spaw Glass.