The Goddard High School band performs during the Blue, Bands and Barbecue held Saturday at Roswell Honda. Monies raised were slated for both the GHS band and the band from Roswell High School. (Mark Wilson Photo)
Attendees of the 2013 Blues, Bands and Barbecue fundraiser held at Roswell Honda enjoyed chicken, pork ribs, brisket and music Saturday.
This year’s fundraiser raised more than three times as much money as last year for the Goddard High School and Roswell High School bands.
Each school netted at least $2,400 from sales of raffle tickets and barbecue meals.
“We just made it bigger and better this year,” said Nick Boyd, general manager for Roswell Honda.
Carla Overmier, vice president of the boosters for the RHS band and parent of a senior in the band, attributed the profit increase to event sponsor All About Spas donating a Big Green Egg grill to the raffle, rather than giving it to the winner of the barbecue contest.
She said the schools took home only $700 a piece the previous year.
Barbecue meals were sold out by 3 p.m., which was scheduled to end at 4 p.m. As popular as the meat was, it wasn’t the only attraction for attendees. Both high schools’ bands, as well as Carlsbad’s eclectic band, No Mas No, performed.
Goddard senior Mason Holman, 17, said he thought his band’s performance went well.
“We’ve been working on it all week. We’ve come a lot further than we were,” said the young tuba player.
Members of No Mas No said they were impressed with the bands’ performances, especially the performance of Goddard students.
“Goddard’s rhythm section is pretty tight,” said bass player Lawrence Royal.
Overmier pegged the general success of the day’s event to higher enthusiasm than the previous two years of the event.
“I have a great enthusiasm for my child. It’s a memory that my child will take with her in life and say, ‘Wow, my mom did this for me,’” she said.
Like money and enthusiasm, the number of barbecuers in this barbecue contest also multiplied. According to Overmier, last year saw only seven or eight contestants; this year, there were 16.
Grand champion barbecue team Two Tons of Fun received a check for $1,000, courtesy of Roswell Honda.
Teams also were recognized for strengths by category. Judges voted Rub the Grub first place for chicken; Two Tons of Fun first place for pork ribs; and Outlaw Smokestack first place for brisket.
In total, 34 6-pound chickens and 18 slabs of ribs were donated by Sam’s Club and 16 briskets were donated by Southwest Cash and Carry.
Welder Randy Buhalts, of Carlsbad, participated in the contest as part of team Wee, which was comprised of him and his boss.
“We didn’t win, but we don’t care. We were just here to learn and play,” he said.
Other sponsors of Blues, Bands, and Barbecue included Farmers Country Markets, Lawrence Brothers IGA, Los Cerritos Mexican Restaurant, Graves Farms, Pepsi and Jack FM, which promoted the event.
The biggest fundraiser of the year is yet to come for the high school bands —players will be selling tickets at the Eastern New Mexico State Fair. The fair will donate 6.5 percent of ticket revenues to each high school band.