50 years of Bethel Park band hoagies


Ally Wolling

Members of the Bethettes and Marching Band perform during halftime of the varsity football game vs. Baldwin on Friday, Sept. 23.

Meghan DeHaven, Managing Editor

For 50 years, the  BPHS Music Department has been selling band hoagies to fundraise for their annual spring trips. 

Music students in grades 10-12 participating in Top 21, Jazz Ensemble, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, String Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Bethettes, and Majorettes will be selling the hoagies this year.

A total of five hoagie sales will be held to fundraise this year’s trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C. The beach trip will be from April 27 to May 1.

“Getting to perform on a national level and take our classroom activities outside of Bethel Park is such a special and rewarding thing,” band director Mr. Chad Thompson said.

The first sale of the year took place on Sept. 17. The other four hoagie sale dates include Nov. 12, Jan. 21, March 4, and April 15.

BPHS Music Department offers three types of hoagies: Turkey, Italian, and Italian Special. A turkey hoagie is turkey and mozzarella, an Italian is bologna, ham, salami, mozzarella, lettuce, and tomato, and a special hoagie has everything on an Italian hoagie but with the vegetables on the side. The Music Department also offers mission hoagies that are donated to a local mission. All hoagies sell for $7.

When asked why the Music Department makes and sells hoagies rather than selling other products, Thompson said, “The Music Department hoagie sales have long been our tradition of fundraising for three primary reasons: (1) We engage and embrace the community, (2) we practice great work-ethic by making the hoagies by hand each sale and (3) because we make them by hand, the profit made by the hoagie is maximized.”

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, golden tickets will be hidden in 50 hoagies. The golden ticket will go towards a free hoagie for the next sale. 

The music department is also selling 50th anniversary T-shirts.

If you’re interested in buying hoagies to support the Music Department, reach out to a student or director to buy in the next sale.