Sheridan Markham, a senior at Tarpon Springs High, will play piccolo in the U.S. Army All-American band.
Yuri Couto, a senior at St. Petersburg High, will play in the percussion session in the U.S. Army All-American band.
LARGO - Two Pinellas County Schools students have been selected to participate in the U.S. Army All-American band that will perform during halftime of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Jan. 4 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
The game will be aired live on NBC.
Sheridan Markham, a senior at Tarpon Springs High, will play piccolo in the band, and Yuri Couto, a senior at St. Petersburg High, will play in the percussion session. Markham and Couto are two of just 125 band members from across the country to be selected to play in the band.
“This is pretty amazing because there are thousands of school districts in the country that didn’t have members selected but we have two,” said Jeanne Reynolds, PCS’ Performing Arts specialist.
The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is the premier high school football game in the nation, and the selection to participate in the game’s band is a yearlong process. The band members, who are all seniors, are nominated by their band directors during their junior year. They must then submit an online application and several videos that demonstrate their musical and marching ability.
In addition to the two band members, three football players from Pinellas County Schools were among only 90 players from across the county selected to participate in the game. Mason Cole and Artavis Scott from East Lake High and Isaiah Wynn from Lakewood High will play in the prestigious high school football game.
Revised to include information about all Pinellas County students selected to participate. Added photo of Yuri Couto.