Photo Release -- Sandy Spring Bancorp Recognizes Director Solomon Graham's Service

Photo Release -- Sandy Spring Bancorp Recognizes Director Solomon Graham's

Contribution to the George B. Thomas Learning Academy Made in Graham's Honor

OLNEY, Md., April 25, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc.
(Nasdaq:SASR) announced that in honor of Solomon "Sol" Graham's impending
retirement from the board of directors, a contribution was made to the George
B. Thomas, Sr. Learning Academy, Inc. (known as Saturday School) to recognize
Graham's 18 years as a director. Graham joined the board in late 1994 and
actively served on several committees including chairing the Nominating
Committee. He will retire at the close of the 2013 annual meeting of
shareholders to be held on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. An award-winning
businessman and noted patron of academic causes, Graham has been a leader in
the community for 30 years.

Solomon Graham

A photo accompanying this release is available at

"Sol has been an active and vital member of Sandy Spring Bancorp's board, and
it has been a pleasure to serve with him," said Chairman of the Board Robert
L. Orndorff. "He has never hesitated to offer his leadership, support, and
judgment whenever it was needed."

Graham is the founder and President of Quality Biological, Inc., a provider of
products and supplies for molecular biology and cell biology laboratories,
located in Gaithersburg, MD. He is also an active supporter of the George B.
Thomas, Sr. Learning Academy, a tutoring and mentoring program which has
enhanced the academic achievement of thousands of children in Montgomery
County, Maryland since 1986.

President and CEO of Sandy Spring Bank, Daniel J. Schrider said, "As a local
business owner and long-term client, we are very proud that Sol Graham has
been a committed ambassador for Sandy Spring Bank over the years. His
dedication to serving the community and passion for education makes him an
outstanding role model for all of us. We are very pleased to honor him and his
service to the board by making this donation in his honor to the George B.
Thomas, Sr. Learning Academy."

About Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq:SASR) /Sandy Spring Bank

With $3.9 billion in assets, Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc. is the holding company
for Sandy Spring Bank and its principal subsidiaries, Sandy Spring Insurance
Corporation and West Financial Services, Inc. Sandy Spring Bancorp is the
largest publicly traded banking company headquartered and operating in
Maryland. Sandy Spring is a community banking organization that focuses its
lending and other services on businesses and consumers in the local market
area. Independent and community-oriented, Sandy Spring Bank was founded in
1868 and offers a broad range of commercial banking, retail banking and trust
services through 49 community offices in Anne Arundel, Carroll, Frederick,
Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George's counties in Maryland, and Arlington,
Fairfax and Loudoun counties in Virginia. Through its subsidiaries, Sandy
Spring Bank also offers a comprehensive menu of insurance and investment
management services. Visit for more information about
Sandy Spring Bank.

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CONTACT: Mandy Walsh
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