Artist of the day: Chris and Robin Benoit
Today we'll pay tribute to two members of the Pinellas County artistic community who are making sure the Tampa Bay area continues to produce great musical talent.
Chris Benoit has been the band and orchestra director at Largo High School since 1989. Just a mile down the road, Robin Benoit is in her 13th year as band director at Largo Middle.
Since becoming husband and wife in 2000, the pair have ushered hundreds of students through the two schools' band programs.
Robin concentrates on the fundamentals — how to read music and understanding what it takes to play music as a group. About 85 percent of her band students at Largo Middle move on to Largo High's band program as freshmen, where Chris leads them through the more advanced stages. He hopes that by graduation, they will "want to continue developing their music independently without the teachers.''
Click here for Piper Castillo's story about the husband-and-wife musical team who live and breathe their careers.
Photo: Douglas R. Clifford, tbt*