By Courtney Robeson
This year, Samford’s music department has had the privilege of celebrating the reopening of Buchanan after an 18-month renovation. Though the layout of the building remains the same, this renovation was deeply needed in order to modernize the technology and meeting areas.
For over 60 years, Buchanan Hall has been home to the Division of Music at Samford University. Named after John H. Buchanan, the building first opened back in 1958.
Inside Buchanan, the feeling of community among the students and staff has been mending after the isolation of COVID-19. Joel Davis, a Music Theory and Composition professor, said that the change has boosted morale and given the university a sense of excitement after the stress of the pandemic. Davis recalled how the faculty meeting they had before the reopening reminded him that he not only works with amazing colleagues, but also dear friends.
As for students in the department, they finally have the community they’ve been missing during this renovation.
Kaylee Fisher, a sophomore Worship Leadership major, expressed that, “It feels like we really have a home to go to now.”