SOUTHINGTON — As football fans spent Sunday morning preparing for the big game, the Southington Marching Band was preparing and delivering grinders during their annual Super Bowl sub sale.
Around 70 band members and dozens of parents formed an assembly line in the high school cafeteria to turn ham, turkey, salami, cheese and vegetables into about 2,400 sandwiches. The work began at 6:30 a.m. and lasted about three hours. After that, the grinders were loaded into coolers and delivered.
Drum Line Captain Natan Gorr, a senior, said it’s a fun way to spend a morning with friends.
“It gives you a good sense of unity,” he said. “ … It really just has people work together for a common goal.”
The sub sale is the band’s largest fundraiser, raising around $25,000 to help offset the cost of uniforms and trips, including one to Walt Disney World in Florida this month. The band members teamed up for the first two weekends of January to go door-to-door to collect orders for the subs.
Sean Stanton, who organized the sale this year, said having band members visit homes across town builds community.
“I think it gives them a good sense of belonging to something that’s greater than they are,” he said.
Tops Marketplace donated the meat and cheese, while the Aqua Turf Club provided the lettuce.
“This town takes care of its own,” said Dan Noonan, president of the Southington Band Backers Club Inc. “It’s such a wonderful place to live.”
During his daughter’s time in the band, he’s seen how the sale, and being a member of the band in general, can build confidence in the approximately 70 students who participate.
“This program has transformed thousands of kids,” he said.