Ed Sheeran leaves high school class stunned with surprise visit and generous musical gift
Ed Sheeran left a Florida high school class stunned after he surprised them with free guitars and concert tickets.
The Shape of You hitmaker visited a group of Middleton and Blake high school pupils during their band rehearsal last week as they played his single Eyes Closed to promote his new guitar line.
In footage shared on Instagram, the 32-year-old is seen casually entering the classroom with his guitar as he interrupts the band’s practise.
Standing alongside a teacher, Sheeran thanked the class for welcoming him and told them he had “come to play some songs” for them.
Not only that, but he announced an exciting surprise for the students — free tickets to his sold-out show at Raymond James Stadium and guitars for the music department.
He said in the video: “I’ve also brought some guitars to give to you guys and the music department, and I’m playing a sold-out stadium tomorrow, but I’ve got tickets for all of you guys to come.
“But tomorrows to like 72,000 people, and right here, I’m going to play a tiny piece of it now, if that’s OK.”
Following his announcement, he went on to play an acoustic version of his 2017 track Perfect for the class and later sang a duet of Photograph with a smaller group of guitar-playing students.
After his impromptu performances, Sheeran was seen signing autographs, taking selfies and speaking with the pupils.
Speaking of the experience, one student told local news station WFTS Tampa Bay: “I couldn’t really think too much about what’s happening because we had to focus on the song we were playing.
“But then once we finished, I was like, ‘That’s Ed Sheeran in our band room’.”
Another added: “I’ve followed Ed Sheeran for like a while. And I’ve always had like high hopes that he would be like, an amazing person, like in person.
“And it’s just like, really nice to actually see him coming to a community and like giving, it’s just like, it really gives me hope about stars and stuff.”
Sheeran’s surprise school visit comes a week after he won a second Marvin Gaye copyright lawsuit following his trial victory earlier this month.