Texas A&M University - Music Activities Center
Honoring a Rich Musical History
The state-of-the-art Music Activities Center at Texas A&M University consolidates rehearsal and performance space for 14 bands, orchestras, and choirs, including the renowned Fightin’ Texas Aggie, the largest military marching band in the nation.
HGA created an integrated story that celebrates the legacy of the bands, which were once scattered throughout campus facilities but now have dedicated music building with acoustically precise practice spaces, instrument and uniform storage, informal learning/gathering spaces, a two-story lobby, and even a practice football field modeled after the campus’s official Kyle Field.
A highlight includes a 50-foot-high, 9,000 square-foot rehearsal room for the 450-piece Aggie marching band, which has unique spatial and functional requirements for hearing protection, instrument storage, and direct access to the practice field.
HGA engaged in a rigorous design process with the Director of Bands, student representatives, donors, and other stakeholders to integrate seven design criteria that support a shared experience for the 1,300 enrolled students and many alumni—recruiting, legacy, honor, recognition, pride, reach, and celebration.
These criteria resulted in a uniform aesthetic, in which large-scale graphics and installations seamlessly integrate with the architecture, playing off the textural, brick-clad exterior and two-story, glass-framed entrance.
Most prominently, the lobby and common spaces include a Music Ensembles Timeline, scholarships plaques, trophy cases, donor recognition signage, framed photo displays, room signage, and unifying campus maroon tones—all honoring Texas A&M’s thriving band tradition.Portfolio
College Station, TX
Learning Spaces, Performing Arts