band’s mission involved transforming an old swimming pool into an
acoustically balanced rehearsal facility. The greatest sonic anomaly
involved early reflections off the plaster walls surrounding the pool,
which is kidney shaped with curved walls, making it difficult to
predict the angle of reflections. Sound was reflected in every
direction with little attenuation due to the hard wall surfaces.
Intelligibility of sound sources was almost completely lost, which
resulted in hearing/ear fatigue.
“I've used Auralex products with all the bands I've commanded,” says
Chief Warrant Officer Three, William S. McCulloch, who is the commander
and conductor of the 10th Mountain Division Band. “This project
started with an email requesting recommendations for acoustic treatment
for our "shallow end”. I received an immediate response from Auralex,
at which point the company provided diagrams and suggestions for
absorption and diffusion throughout the space.”
Auralex Acoustics recommended several of its 3” StudioFoam Wedge
products, which include six 2’X4’X3” StudioFoam wedges in each box. 3”
StudioFoam Wedges are recommended for rooms with higher SPLs (Sound
Pressure Levels) or more low frequencies, while providing a
well-controlled, more accurate sound in any size room.
“As we started adding pieces of 3" foam around the room, positive
results were instantly noticed,” continues McCulloch. “I've worked
with audio for almost 20 years and have studied acoustic treatment
techniques, but this was the first time I've gotten to witness the
before and after in a large room. When I originally looked at the
treatment plan, it didn't seem like enough foam to make a difference.
I was simply amazed by the results.”
“As a Major in the United States Army who has served in Southwest Asia,
I had a personal and patriotic commitment to this project,” says Tim
Martin, director of sales and marketing at Auralex Acoustics. “Bands
within the United States Army, such as the 10th Mountain Division Band, really make a difference while
serving overseas, as they not only inspire the men and women of the
Army, but also our sister services and allies. I am proud of our
military and glad we were able to assist them in accomplishing their
The 10th Mountain Division Band consists of several smaller musical
groups including a marching band, big band jazz ensemble, jazz combo,
rock band, woodwind quintet and the Dixieland Band. It is also
comprised of two brass quintets, salsa band, Celtic band, a recorder
group, solo pianist and guitarist. In support of the men and women in
the country’s armed forces, the band performs all over Iraq, ranging
from dining facilities to tents to outdoor stages.