Amy Cowell performing in 2005 with
her Strad model cello, "Elliot,"
dedicated to Thurmond's son.
is pictured performing in her senior recital at conservatory in Laramie,
Wyoming. In 1995 Amy purchased
Thurmond's first cello, dedicated to his son Elliot. The cello is modeled after
Stradivarius and was constructed with wood cut from the forests around
in 1954. Thurmond obtained the pattern for this cello from his master teacher, Karl
Roy, who directed Thurmond through its construction.