REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.--The U.S. Army Materiel Command Band held the official groundbreaking of their new facility here Jan. 12.

"What a great event. This marks the last ground breaking for our BRAC construction projects [at Redstone Arsenal]. We are so glad you could be here and a part of it," said Col. Robert M. Pastorelli, Redstone Arsenal commander.

The new home of the AMC band will be 16,082 square feet and include a large rehearsal room, individual practice rooms, music library, instrument storage, repair and cleaning, uniform locker rooms and band administration offices.

The AMC Band currently resides at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. The new facility will be located near the AMC and USASAC headquarters buildings which are currently under construction.

"Today, the U.S. Army Materiel Command and Redstone Arsenal are showing the way ahead for our band well into the future with a state-of-the-art-facility for band training," said Chief Warrant Officer 4 Frederick L. Ellwein, commander, U.S. Army Materiel Command band.

"They are providing a facility such as this to train and maintain a band that can inspire, entertain, and tell the Army story like no other organization, and do this around the globe," Ellwein continued.

Construction is expected to be completed by Jan. 2011, concurrent with relocation of personnel and equipment from Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.

The construction contract was awarded to Dyson Construction Company from Decatur, Alabama for $4.383 million in Aug. 2009.

Officials participating in the ground breaking included: Maj. Gen. Todd Semonite, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Ronnie Chronister, U.S. Army Aviation & Missile Command; Chief Warrant Officer 4 Frederick L. Ellwein, commander, U.S. Army Materiel Command Band; John B. Rogers, Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army - North Alabama; Brig. Gen. Christopher Tucker, commanding general, U.S. Army Security Assistance Command; Mayor Paul Finley, City of Madison; Mayor Tommy Battle, City of Huntsville; Col. Robert M. Pastorelli, U.S. Army Garrison Redstone Arsenal commander; Chief Warrant Officer 4 Peter Gillies, U.S. Army Materiel Command; and Bob Ratliff, Dyson Construction.

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