FORSCOM band accepts keys to new training facility
July 7, 2011
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (July 7, 2011) -- The Army Ground Forces Band took possession of its state-of-the-art training facility here today.
The Army Ground Forces Band (www.forscom.army.mil/band) provides musical support for the Army’s largest command, U.S. Army Forces Command (www.forscom.army.mil).
The turnover of the building took place after a final inspection was made by representatives from the Army Corps of Engineers, the post’s Department of Public Works Real Property and Master Planning Divisions, and LifeCycle Construction Services, the company that has overseen the overall project.
The new 18,748-square-foot building will consolidate the band’s operations, which were scattered around various locations at the unit’s former home at Fort McPherson, Ga.
“Our new building will enhance the band’s mission capabilities,” said Maj. Treg Ancelet, the AGFB commander. “The acoustically superior rehearsal areas will especially help serve to fine-tune the band’s performances.”
Situated at the intersection of Gruber Road and Semaphore Street, the new training facility includes the following features:
- A state-of-the-art rehearsal hall for a 64-piece concert band
- A jazz band/large group rehearsal room for a 25-piece ensemble
- Five small group rehearsal rooms for five- to eight-piece ensembles
- Nine individual practice rooms
- A highly engineered sound room for professional recordings located between the concert band and stage band rehearsal rooms
- A supply room that includes an instrument repair room, a uniform storage area and a separate equipment storage area
- A library includes a floor-to-ceiling automated storage and retrieval system, music sorting area and three work stations.
Acoustic control has been accomplished through finish selections such as acoustical ceiling tile, acoustical wall panels and acoustic floor panels, particularly in the main rehearsal room, practice rooms and main lobby. The main rehearsal hall and group practice rooms have floating hardwood maple floors for added acoustical benefits.
All finish materials have environmental benefits and are durable and easy to maintain and replace as necessary.
Although The Army Ground Forces Band will not complete its move into its new building until the end of this month, several of its Soldiers tried out the rehearsal areas today and were pleased with what they heard.
“It’s really great to play in a building built for music,” observed trumpeter Sgt. James Newcomb. “It sounds like a trumpet in here when I play, which is unlike other band buildings I’ve been in.”
“This will really be good for the band,” said Spc. Zhao Liu, taking a break from playing his flute. “You can actually hear your real sound.”
The band and its various ensembles, or Music Performance Teams, serve as musical ambassadors of the American combat Soldier to the American people, instilling pride in our troops and support for our nation’s military through the performance of music at the local, regional and national levels.
The 64 Soldiers assigned to the band have passed highly selective auditions and are among the finest musicians in the United States Army Band Program. The majority of the band's members have studied music at leading universities and conservatories.
The Army Ground Forces Band made the move with FORSCOM, its parent unit, because of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure legislation.