Super Bowl sub sales fill empty spot in band budgets

January 30, 1994|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,Staff Writer

By the time they settle in to watch today's Super Bowl, hundreds of county residents will have taken part in another local tradition: tackling 12-inch submarine sandwiches, prepared by local high school students.

Wilde Lake, Mount Hebron and Atholton high schools are among the local schools whose students sell subs the weekend of the Super Bowl to raise money for bands uniforms, accessories, equipment and band trip expenses, band directors said.

For $3.50 to $4 per sandwich, school alumni and people who placed orders with students at area village centers get foot-long ham or turkey sandwiches topped with cheese, onions, lettuce and tomatoes.

And in many cases, the students themselves have played chef, turning out the sandwiches assembly-line fashion.

"I enjoy it," said Dennis S. Peacock, a tenor saxophone in the Wilde Lake High School band, whose school this year marked its 22nd annual Super Bowl sub sale. "I think it's fun . . . and it lets everyone know the band is around."

The annual Super Bowl sub sales have gained momentum in recent years, as local high school bands have sought to make up the loss of some school funding.

Until five years ago, the school department helped pay for band uniforms, as it did for athletic teams. But because of budget cuts, band uniforms were cut from the budget, said Lee Stevens, Atholton's music director.

Atholton's performing groups began selling subs two years ago after successful sales at other local schools, including Severna Park High School in Anne Arundel County, Mr. Stevens said.

"They really are good," he said of the made-from-scratch or ready-made subs.

At Wilde Lake, students and the Band Boosters, the band members' supportive parents, took 907 orders this year, raising about $3,600. They made and delivered the sandwiches yesterday.

This year is the last year that the 52-member Wilde Lake band will play its annual spring concert at the current high school building, which closes in June for reconstruction. Wilde Lake students will attend another high school until the new building is completed in about two years.

"It's a long-standing tradition," said Janet Epstein, a parent volunteer. "This is our last year, and we're going out with a bang."

Mount Hebron High School has been selling subs since 1975, raising a total of $4,000 each year in three band fund-raisers, said Bob Johnston, band director.

"People need to eat, so you can do it over and over again," he said.

And like the Super Bowl itself, there's a little competition involved. Band members compete to sell the most subs for prizes, for instance. And there is friendly rivalry between the schools themselves.

"The only problem with Wilde Lake and us is we shared the Hickory Ridge Shopping Center and they were appalled last year because we had a table at Hickory Ridge," Mr. Stevens said.

"If we can make a buck, and they can make a buck, it's OK," he said.

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