The gift, which will count toward the university's $4 billion Lead by Example campaign, will support construction of the Music Activities Center, the future home of the university's orchestras, choral groups, and bands. When completed, the $40 million facility will accommodate more than thirteen hundred student musicians and will feature a variety of practice space and amenities, including soundproof rooms, lockers for instrument storage, an artificial turf drill field, and four state-of-the-art rehearsal halls.
To date, the Texas A&M Foundation has raised approximately $18 million of the $20 million it is privately raising for the center's construction, with the university having pledged the other $20 million. Groundbreaking on the facility is expected sometime in 2017.
"This gift by the Ed Rachal Foundation is not only momentous for the future of musical education at Texas A&M University, it is a major milestone in the university's comprehensive campaign," said Texas A&M University president Michael Young. "As part of this effort, we have made a commitment to enhancing transformational learning experiences for our students, and the Rachal Foundation gift will most certainly aid in this exceptionally important endeavor."