Everything to build anything. That’s Bosch Rexroth’s aluminum structural framing portfolio.
Versatile, easy-to-use and practical in a variety of applications, big or small, such as for new band equipment for Lakeshore High School.
The Challenge: Lakeshore High School needed new band prop structures and who better to take on the challenge than Lakeshore student and local Boy Scout, Blake Bacon. The task benefitted both sides – Blake needed an Eagle Scout project and Lakeshore needed new equipment and this project checked both boxes.
Because they needed to be placed on wheeled platforms for half-time shows and marching band events, the final product had to be portable, but still strong enough.
The Solution: As his Eagle Scout project, Blake led the design and construction of the new equipment. To get started, he needed to procure the materials needed to complete it. That’s where Bosch Rexroth came in. Our robust aluminum framing made the perfect medium for constructing the sturdy, yet portable, frames that a marching band would require.
It took the coordinated effort of over 20 people, including 15 students and 13 adult volunteers, over 100 hours to complete the project from start to finish. This included 21 hours of building with the framing alone.
According to Blake, this was his first time building with aluminum extrusion and he reported it being an “easy to use” material that delivered stellar results.
The Results: With its new props in arms, the Lakeshore High School Marching Band went on to win 1st place in their flight IV band competition held at Ford Fieldhouse in Detroit. Applications Engineering Supervisor at Bosch Rexroth, Gerald Berzins, who helped coach Blake with the material reported that "the extrusion structure was a huge hit as it helped the band not only win first place, but also the best overall general effect and best visual effect."