The perfect project
By Tina Akouris email@example.com June 11, 2013 10:40PM
Updated: July 15, 2013 3:28PM
Music is a huge part of Chris Norwood’s life. The Joliet Central High School rising senior plays three instruments and wants to major in music performance in college.
But being an Eagle Scout is a big part of Norwood’s life, too, and he wanted to find a way to combine the two loves when it came time to do his annual Eagle Scout project.
That’s when Norwood got the idea to make cello and contra bass racks for the Joliet Township High School’s music program.
“We have to do a project that reflects you as a scout,” Norwood said. “Music is my passion. And in February or March, I noticed that we had six basses (at East campus) that needed a rack.”
A cello rack holds about four cellos. According to hertzfurniture.com, a cello rack retails for about $819 and could go as high as $1,200.
The same website sells a contra bass rack for $859 with a high-end price of about $1,300.
And Norwood made the racks for free, two for each campus.
“It just feels really good to contribute something like this to the school,” Norwood said.
Peter Lipari, the Joliet Township High School director of orchestras, said Norwood’s gift is a huge one to the music program.
“When we get together at camps in the summer we lay (the instruments) all over the floor and it’s a recipe for disaster,” Lipari said. “These cases he made are even better than the ones we bought. They are really cool looking.”
Norwood said he made both cases over the Memorial Day weekend — but he also had the help of about 15 to 20 members of his Boy Scout troop and members of Joliet’s bands.
Norwood, who doesn’t have much experience doing carpentry, has been involved in the school’s music program since his freshman year. He plays the double bass, sousaphone and bass guitar in three of the school’s bands and has been playing the bass since fourth grade.
Long after Norwood graduates from Joliet Central, his gift to the music department will endure.
“(The instruments) fit like a glove and they will last forever,” Lipari said. “These are state of the art — and gorgeous.”