TARPON SPRINGS — Football players aren't the only stars of the U.S. Army's annual All-American Bowl. An elite group of 125 high school musicians and color guard members get to showcase their stuff, as well.
One of those nationally recognized performers at the Jan. 4 bowl game in San Antonio, Texas, will be Tarpon Springs High School's Sheridan Markham.
The Army and high school recognized Markham's selection at an event last Thursday and presented her with an All-American Bowl jacket.
Markham, who plays the piccolo, is a section leader with the prestigious and award-winning Tarpon Springs High School Marching Band.
"Being selected for the All-American Band is such an honor," Markham wrote in a text sent to The Suncoast News early Thanksgiving Day morning. "The event at my school was very special. It made my induction into the band very memorable, especially since I was surrounded by my band family and close family. I also appreciated how representatives from the district and state were present. I am very grateful for their support."
All 125 band members are honored during the Army's Selection Tour in his or her hometown.
Markham and the All-American Marching Band will perform during halftime of the nationally televised bowl game played in the Alamodome. According to an Army press release, last year's game was attended by over 40,000 people.
Markham's trip to the Lone Star State adds to a busy travel schedule this year. Her Thanksgiving morning texts were sent from New York City just after 3 a.m. She is there playing alongside her fellow Tarpon Springs High Outdoor Performance Ensemble members as part of the 87th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The band needed to be at the parade route for a 3:15 a.m. rehearsal.
"It still hasn't set into our minds that we will be walking down the streets of NYC surrounded by millions in just a short amount of time," Markham wrote. "The experience is going to be wonderful and is something I will have in my memory scrapbook for the rest of my life.
"I couldn't think of a better way to spend my Thanksgiving, especially since I will be with my band family. We are all so excited to be performing and couldn't be more thrilled to be a part of something so spectacular."