A new music hall at Texas A&M University is a step closer to reality, thanks to a $10 million pledge from the Ed Rachal Foundation.
The donation puts the plans for the Music Activities Center at about $2 million away from its goal. The Texas A&M Foundation hopes to complete fundraising by the end of the year in time for a 2017 groundbreaking.
“This generous gift helps construct a state-of-the-art rehearsal facility that will address the current needs and future growth of our musical ensembles,” Director of Bands and Music Activities Tim Rhea said in a statement. “The Rachal Foundation has ensured that our students will have an environment for their musical endeavors that will enhance lives on campus and in the community.”
Texas A&M President Michael Young called the gift “momentous for the future of musical education” at the university and a milestone in the progress of the Lead by Example capital campaign.
The $40 million center will serve as a home for all of the university’s musical groups, most notably the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band. It will be located on the south end of the campus, on the corner of George Bush Drive and Coke Street.
It is expected to feature an artificial turf drill field, soundproof rooms, instrument lockers and four rehearsal halls.
According to the Texas A&M Foundation, the $10 million donation makes up half of the donor support requested for the project. The university is picking up the tab for the other $20 million.
The Corpus Christi-based Ed Rachal Foundation was established in 1965 to benefit charitable, scientific, literary and educational causes in Texas, as per Rachal’s will.