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East - West: A Rivalry Supreme

By George W. Ramsey, Jr.
for the Times-West Virginian

You can boast about high school athletic rivalries far and wide, but you could have probably searched this nation from sea to shining sea and not found another that -- judge on color, pageantry and intensity -- would have equaled the East-West gridiron rivalry here. This colorful football classic is staged annually at East-West Stadium between the East Fairmont High School Bees and the West Fairmont (Fairmont Senior High School) Polar Bears -- two Clas AAA schools of approximately 850 students each, located on opposite banks of the legendary Monongahela River. When it is reenacted for the 87th consecutive time this season, it will perpetuate a rich athletic tradition that has firmly established itself as one of the oldest and foremost high school athletic rivalries in the State of West Virginia.

East-West has been unique among high school athletic rivalries. Moreso than just the annual battle to determine the city grid championship, the rivalry has been a catalyst around which Fairmont residents have been able to showcase their city's rich historical legacy. The city of Fairmont enjoys a rich geo-historical setting that is reminiscent in many ways to the beautiful European capital of Budapest. Like Budapest, the modern city of Fairmont was formed on the opposite banks of a wide and beautiful river, and when joined by charter in 1899 was connected only by a towering suspension bridge.

These two communities -- Palatine on the East Side and Fairmont (formerly Middletown) on the West Side of the legendary river -- functioned harmoniously in their assumed roles as a single administrative unit, but each was too deeply entrenched in its individual culture to ever ben fully absorbed into the other. So, like the ancient communities of Buda and Pest, which would make up that European capital, the two communities still continued to exist like two souls dwelling in the same body.

Although the competition between these two communities was never malicious, their residents loved to turn out and try to out-do each other -- no matter how menial the endeavor. And as luck would have it, it was through their prep football elevens that they chose to express their individual identities. The climate for the rivalry was rather enhanced during the 1918-21 era when the city fathers approved the construction of the Monongahela River Bridge. More commonly known as the High Level Bridge, or even more endearingly, the Million Dollar Bridge, the structure was a perfect example of the then spawning art of reinforced concrete construction. It was so advanced in architectural beauty that it was praised by its builders as "bearing somewhat the same relationship to the next finest bridge structure that Notre Dame Cathedral bears to an ordinary church."

Dedicated in 1921, the same year as the advent of the East-West Game, this magnificent structure -- instead of serving as the umbilical cord to unite the two communities as the city's fathers had hoped -- evolved into a half-mile-long no man's land over whose decks revelers could launch forays across town to the other school's campus, confront each other in spirited rallies, or stage ebullient victory celebrations which turned the East-West Game into a spirited rivalry.

During the days surrounding the East-West Game, the ends of this magnificent bridge were as zealously guarded against spies from the other side as the borders of any sovereign nation. The rivalry was further enhanced by a unique sibling relationship that existed between the city's two public high schools. Following its charter, the newly-formed city of Fairmont, just like Budapest, was swept by a wave of unprecedented prosperity. Located in the hear of the world's richest coal fields, Fairmont became the epicenter of the nation's coal industry. It evolved into the headquarters for two of the world's largest corporations -- the Consolidated Coal Company and the Monongahela Valley Traction Company, the world's largest electrified railway system -- and served as the site for the lavish estates of three of the nation's leading coal barons.

By the 1916 era, to quote the words of a visiting railroad executive, Fairmont stood "head and shoulders above about every other West Virginia city." It was dubbed "The City of Millionaires" and was believed to have reigned as possibly the wealthiest city on the planet based on per-capita income. Riding this euphoric wave of opulence, Fairmont residents expressed the desire for a new high school that would be worthy of the city's rarefied status. The city father's responded of a new, state-of-the-art Fairmont High School.

Dedicated in 1907, the new school, designed of English collegiate architecture, was hailed as the "most beautiful and best equipped high school" in the state. In less than a decade, due to the spiraling growth of the city, the new school was afflicted by overcrowding, and the city fathers were already formulating a plan for expansion. East residents argued adamantly that any addition to the school should be located on the East Side.

Accordingly, in 1916, the expansion became a reality as 68 students began attending classes in the Central School building on East Side. In going back and examining the minutes of these meetings, the school board members do not appear to have seen themselves as creating a new school but merely placing an annex of Fairmont High School on the east side of the river. In fact, the first school was simply called "the High School on the East Side."

In 1919, under continual persistence from East Side residents, funds were approved for the construction of the beautiful East Fairmont High School on Morgantown Avenue. Opened in 1922, the new school appropriately bore the name East Side High School. In 1926, it was determined, by machinations unknown to this author, that these two high schools would henceforth be officially known as Fairmont East and Fairmont West, seemingly to indicate that each saw itself as the direct descendant of "Old Blue" -- the old Fairmont High School.

Until just recently, sometime around the mid-1980s, West High administrators resorted to calling their school Fairmont Senior High School, which is somewhat illogical since their institution is a four-year and not a three-year high school. But the unique relationship between these schools endured, and it was evident in the way they portrayed the school names on their athletic teams' uniforms.

When playing on the road, both schools displayed simply the name Fairmont. Only when playing at home was it deemed necessary to distinguish between East and West. Fairmont football fans were to benefit fro this unique sibling relationship, for it meant that the East-West Game, although fiercely contested, was to remain relatively free of the animosity that is usually present in most traditional rivalries. The nearest thing for comparison in the college ranks would be Army-Navy, where the two service academies battle each other fiercely on the field of competition, but hold no real dislike of each other, but instead feel a sense of kinship.

With this unique set of favorable circumstances, Fairmont was more ideally suited than any other city in the nation to create a pure athletic rivalry. Consequently, before the football was ever teed up for the first kickoff on October 25, 1921, the East-West Game was predestined to become the premier high school football rivalry in the state, and the model which all subsequent rivalries tried to emulate.

These early East-West games provided the citizens of the "Friendly City" ample excuse for a colorful autumn pageant. For nearly a full week preceding the game, Fairmonters reveled in the jubilant and boisterous excitement of thuse meetings, bonfires and pep rallies. On the West Side, students snake-danced through the streets and set fire to wooden structures that had been constructed on top of Watson Hill (above the old American Laundry on Locust Avenue), which when lit displayed the flaming letters FHS all across the city. On the East Side, followers paraded in throngs along Merchant Street and participated in spirited pep rallies during which one visitor to the city proclaimed, their shouts could be heard from more than a mile away.

The student bodies of both high schools conducted forays through the other school's campus, engaged in cheering jousts on the street in front of the courthouse, held fruit fights on the High Level Bridge, staged lively pregame parades through the heart of the city and on out Fairmont Avenue to South Side Park (today's East-West Stadium), and concluded with any number of equally boisterous post-game activities.

On the day of the second East-West Game in 1922, ebullient East Side students, bursting with enthusiasm, turned up at the stadium a full hour before game time. Accompanied by a burlesque band and attired in various forms of imaginative costumes, they stirred up the gathering crowd with a continue stream of cheers. Just prior to kickoff, the East students unleashed 50 pigeons with blue and gold ribbons dangling from their legs to fly around the stadium while they taunted Fairmont High's rooting section with a spirited rendition of "The old West Side, she ain't what she used to be," sung to the tune of the traditional ditty, "The Old Gray Mare."

Fairmont High School students once arrived at South Side Park leading a cow which bore a sign around its neck boasting: "This ain't no bull; we're going to beat East Side." Sometime during the course of the afternoon, East Side students stole the cow and replaced the sign with one reading "We stole their cow, and we got their goat." It was a spectacle that would have put even the finest of college rivalries to shame. And the ebullience generated by the two rooting sections was not limited to the spectators in the stands. On the gridiron, East-West games became synonymous with epic battles.

In their first three confrontations, the teams ended up in a dead heat with each side claming a 14-7 victory and the third game ending in a scoreless tie. By the year 1945, when this author first became aware of the East-West Game, 16 of the first 23 games had been decided by a margin of one touchdown or less. Although heavily skewed in favor of West by a 52-27-7 margin, the East-West Game has been trademarked by close and exciting struggles that have come right down to the final gun.

Of the 85 games played to day, more than half (48) have been settled by a margin of two touchdowns or less. Nearly half (36), counting the seven ties, have been decided by a touchdown or less. Only seven have been decided by a margin exceeding 30 points, and in more than eight decades of competition, only two have concluded in what could be called blowouts with 40-plus points. The approximate average score is West 17, East 12.

But although the exploits of the Bees and Polar Bears in front of the athletic arenas alone would rank East-West at the forefront of state rivalries, it has almost always been the contributions of the 12th man -- the fans and cheerleaders -- which made the East-West rivalry famous. On the morning following the inaugural East-West Game, the accounts in the daily newspapers exclaimed "No cheering like that of yesterday has ever been seen at South Side Park." Special praise was meted out to the Fairmont High cheerleaders, who were called the best prepared. "They sang their college songs and gave approved yells in the most appropriate manner," the scribes stated. East Side's cheering section was also lauded for the manner in which it delivered the school's new fight song, which was sung to the tune of "Hail West Virginia."

In the early 1930s, the city fathers began to fear that many of the pre- and post-game antics were on the verge of getting out of hand. So they incorporated the East-West Game into the city's Armistice Day festivities. In this more formal format, the East-West pageant was highlighted by joint thuse meetings on the courthouse steps. There were cheering jousts in which the massed student bodies squared off in an endeavor to outdo each other in volume and creativity. There was also the Armistice Day parade, which featured the marching bands and majorettes of each of the county's eight public high schools. The highlight of the parade came when the two city high school bands passed in revue. Their supporters, stepping forward by the thousands, thrust their blue-and-white and blue-and-gold pom-poms towards the heavens and made downtown reverberate with the trademark East-West war cries -- Swat those Bees and Sting those Bears.

Festivities at the stadium were augmented by spectacular halftime shows presented by the bands and culminated in the Bee-Bear Tear, a dance held in the Fairmont Hotel. There the captain of the losing team would present the "Little Brown Jug" to the winning captain. In the 1960s, affected by the conflict created by the state playoff system, the game was moved forward from Nov. 11 to an earlier Saturday afternoon setting and a decade later was transformed into just an ordinary Friday night game that marked the end of the season.

While admittedly not the glittering spectacle that it used to be, the East-West Game continues to attract a capacity crowd to East-West Stadium.

Busy Bee Band to Perform for Pittsburgh Steelers

For the first time in 16 years, the Busy Bee Band & Honeybees will be providing halftime entertainment for the Pittsburgh Steelers! On December 28, 2014, the group will make its first appearance at Heinz Field as the Steelers host the Cincinnati Bengals in an AFC North showdown. Kickoff is scheduled for noon. Full Story

American Football Conference Championship Game
Denver Broncos vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Three Rivers Stadium | January 11, 1998
Performing in front of the 2nd largest crowd in the history of Three Rivers Stadium, the 195 member Busy Bee Band & Honeybees brought the 61,382 Steeler fans to their feet as they form the 160-foot tall letter "S" to a standing ovation.

The Busy Bee Band & Honeybees just returned from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where they performed in the 29th Annual Pittsburgh Columbus Day Parade in Bloomfield, PA. The band will next be in action at East/West Stadium for the annual showdown against Fairmont Senior High School. The football matchup is scheduled for Friday, November 7th and kickoff is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. 2014 Schedule

2014 Busy Bee Band at Mountaineer Field
The 2014-2015 Busy Bee Band & Honeybees perform at Milan Puskar Stadium during the 49th Annual Morgantown Red & Blue Band Spectacular in Morgantown

Upcoming Performances:

2014 Field Show Highlights

We're trying something new with the field show pictures by using Facebook to store the photos. You don't need a Facebook account view the pictures -- but it is much easier to use their pre-made photo album over creating a photo album for each performance. I hope it works well for everyone:

Band Performs for Honor Flight / Recognized by Congress
The Busy Bee Band & Honeybees joined several hundred other spectators for the return of the Clarksburg Honor Flight on Saturday, May 10th. 92 veterans, some who served in World War II and the Korean War, were escorted to Washington, DC to visit their memorials. The Honor Flight is completely funded by donations. The tour included stops at the World War II Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial. After lunch, the veterans visited the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial and the Marine Corps Memorial. Upon their return to Bridgeport, the Busy Bee Band & Honeybees serenaded the group with patriotic medleys as they departed the plane. Selections included the "Armed Forces Salute" which includes the official song for each service branch: Army - The Caisson Song; Navy - Anchors Aweigh; Air Force - The U.S. Air Force; Cost Guard - Semper Paratus (Always Ready); and Marine Corps - The Marines' Hymn. West Virginia Honor Flight 2014
Members of the Busy Bee Band & Honeybees at NCWV Airport to welcome home veterans who participated in Honor Flight Clarksburg





Mr. President, I am filied with so much pride every time our military veterans visit our nation's capital and have the opportunity to stand before the memorials built to honor them.

This weekend, 93 veterans from North Central West Virginia, escorted by 55 guardians, will be
traveling to Washington D.C. to see the memorials that commemorate their sacrifice and valor. This
will mark the very first Honor Flight from North Central West Virginia - which is my hometown region
of the Mountain State.

50 World War II veterans, 42 Korean War veterans and one terminally ill Vietnam War veteran will
fly from the small town of Clarksburg, West Virginia to Reagan National Airport. And before they
lift off on a truly memorable and moving day, I look forward to greeting our vets bright and early
at the local airport to wish them a safe trip to our nation's Capitol. I also will express my
deepest gratitude to these special men who helped keep America free and made the world a safer
place for liberty-loving people across our country and beyond our borders.

Upon their arrival, 30 active duty Sailors from the National Naval Medical Center and eight Marines
from the USS West Virginia submarine will accompany the Honor Flight entourage during their daylong
adventure. These heroic West Virginians will travel to Washington to visit the World War II, Vietnam, Korean
FDR Air Force, and Iwo Jima Memorials as well attend a ceremony at Arlington Cemetery.

And while their step has slowed, their spirit is keen. their pride is undiminished , and their patriotism is immeasurable. No matter the war, no matter the rank, no matter the duty, every one of these 93 veterans answered America's call and served our great country with the utmost valor. In our time of need, they stepped forward and said, "I'll do it - I'llrotect this country." This trip to our nation's Capitol is just one way
to say thank you.

But the West Virginia's North Central community has much more planned to show their gratitude for these devoted and courageous veterans. Upon the Honor Flight's return Saturday evening, hundreds of West Virginians will welcome home our returning vets, including National Guardsmen, Civil Air Patrol volunteers, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and our famous West Virginia University Mountaineer, Mike Garcia.

In addition, more than 155 band members from the Busy Bee Band and Honeybees of East Fairmont High School will perform a medley of patriotic songs, led by their band director and former-Marine, T.J. Bean.

Mr. President, I want to express my gratitude to my hometown community for their tireless efforts to make this Honor Flight a reality. I especially thank Butch Phillips and all the people who have been instrumental in planning and fulfilling this truly special experience for our 93 West Virginia veterans. This generation of Americans was united by a common purpose and by common values - duty, honor, courage, service, integrity, love of family and country. And their triumph over oppression will be forever remembered.

Let us remember that these Honor Flights show tribute to all who have served this great country, so may God bless the United States of America and all the men and women who keep us free.

(Download PDF of Congressional Record)

The 2013-2014 season ended with the Busy Bee Band & Honeybees performing in the Annual Three Rivers Festival Parade in Downtown Fairmont on May 22nd. The parade marks the official beginning of the weekend Three Rivers Festival celebration at Palatine Park. The group then bid farewall to the Class of 2014 during Graduation at the East Fairmont High School Gymnasium on May 23rd. Thank you and Good Luck to the Class of 2014!

Follies 2014 Draws to Close

The 41st Annual production of the Busy Bee Band "Follies" closed out their four-day performance schedule of April 24th thru April 27th with over 2,800 enthralled ticketholders enjoying this long-running spring show. The choreography of the Honeybees along with fantastic show-tunes performed by the band kept each audience enthralled within the Broadway-style concert theater at East Fairmont High School for each of the four performances. Full Story

Follies 2014
The Busy Bee Band & Honeybees during Follies 2014


Congratulations Class of 2013

Congratulations and best of luck to the Busy Bee Band & Honeybees Class of 2013. Travels for this group included a 2009 trip to Massillon, Ohio where they performed at the Massillon Tiger Band Revue. in 2010, the band traveled to New York City, where they performed on the U.S.S. Intrepid and were displayed on national television on the Early Show during their visit to CBS Studios. The New York City trip concluded with a Memorial Day Parade in Brick, New Jersey and a trip to the Jersey Shore. In 2010, the group performed at Fairmont State University at halftime for a nationally televised game and then traveled to Washington, DC where they performed at the Marine Corps War Memorial and presented a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. In 2011, the band traveled to Pittsburgh for the Annual Pittsburgh Columbus Day Parade, where the group won 1st place in marching division. In the Spring of 2012, the band boarded Royal Caribbean's Monarch of the Seas for a four-day Caribbean odyssey that included performances at Rawson Square in downtown Nassau, as well as aboard the ship as a pre-show performance on stage of the shipʼs broadway-style theatre. The band also visited the Royal Caribbean owned Cococay Island for a day of fun-in-the-sun prior to their return to Port Canaveral. The Class of 2013 concluded their travels with the Busy Bee Band & Honeybees with a recent trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida where the group was featured in the Mainstreet U.S.A. Parade in the Magic Kingdom.

Busy Bee Band & Honeybees at Disney World 2013
The Busy Bee Band & Honeybees march down Mainstreet U.S.A. in the Magic Kingdom during their 2013 trip to Walt Disney World

Members of the Class of 2013 - Cathy Baker, Sami Minney, Kristin Stapleton, Alexis Tatterson, Jenna Weatherly, Chamarra Castanon, Megan Kuhn, Madie Lopez, Cayley Paknik, Torie Satterfield, Bailey Carpenter, Hannah Lenhart, Elizabeth Wimer, Canon Fancher, Megan Eakin, Heather Walker, Nettie Barber, Chris Halpenny, Jack DeVault, Jessica Garlow, Lauren Talerico, Jordan Woodbury, Joe Sarsfield, Devin Gorbey, Taylor Rakosky, Anna Wyont, Kelli Eakin, Matthew Shaffer, Stephen Audia, Drew Edwards, Caleb Fancher, John Priest, Brandon Shipley, Grace Slusser, Jackson Steinbrecher, Austin Vandergrift, Samantha Denham, Alexandria Mentus, Jeanie Pool and Hannah Prince.

Follies 2013 Concludes

The 40th Annual production of the Busy Bee Band "Follies" closed out their four-day performance schedule of April 11th thru April 14th with over 2,800 enthralled ticketholders enjoying this long-running spring show. The choreography of the Honeybees along with fantastic show-tunes performed by the band kept each audience enthralled within the Broadway-style concert theater at East Fairmont High School for each of the four performances.

Highlights from Follies 2013 includes the selections from the Broadway musical "Annie", a salute to Dick Clark in "Rock, Roll and Remember" and the traditional Honeybee kickline to "Hello Dolly". The Busy Bee Band Percussion section was featured in the song "Some Nights" by the pop music group .fun and the Busy Bee Band premiered Director Earl W. McConnell's arrangement of "My Home Among The Hills." Follies 2013 Story

Follies 2013
The Honeybees are featured during "The Heat Is On" during Follies 2013

2012 Field Show Performance at the Morgantown Band Spectacular


2012 Busy Bee Band & Honeybees
The Busy Bee Band & Honeybees perform during the Annual Morgantown Band Spectacular at Milan-Puskar Stadium


Band Returns from Nassau, Bahamas

The Busy Bee Band & Honeybees returned on April 17, 2012 from their spring performance trip to Nassau, Bahamas via Royal Caribbeanʼs Monarch of the Seas. The four-day Caribbean odyssey ran April 13 – 16, 2012 with performances at Rawson Square in downtown Nassau, as well as aboard the ship as a pre-show performance on stage of the shipʼs broadway-style theatre. The band also visited the Royal Caribbean owned Cococay Island for a day of fun-in-the-sun prior to their return to Port Canaveral. Full Story

The Busy Bee Band & Honeybees at Nassau, Bahamas

Follies 2012 Concludes

The 39th annual production of the Busy Bee Band "Follies" closed out their four-day
performance schedule of March 29th thru April 1st with over 2,800 enthralled ticketholders enjoying this long-running spring show.

The choreography of the Honeybees along with fantastic show-tunes performed by the band kept each audience spellbound within the Broadway-style concert theater at East Fairmont High School for each of the four performances.

Since its inception in February 1970, this annual stage show (presumed the longest
running high school show-style concert in West Virginia) has drawn thousands of
parents, relatives, community supporters and band enthusiasts to auditoriums at both the old East Fairmont High School (1970 – 1992) and the new EFHS (1994 – 2012).

Each yearʼs production highlights current genres of Broadway musicals, motion picture blockbusters as well as music of the current pop culture. By combining the music with the dancing talents of the "Honeybees" as well as involving band students portraying leads in either theatrical or film scenes, enhances the entertainment value to a theatrical setting. Follies 2012 Story

2011 Season Highlights

The Busy Bee Band & Honeybees concluded the 2011 field show season at the East/West game on November 4th. Highlights from the 2011 include performances a the Morgantown Band Spectacular at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium on Tuesday, September 13, 2011 following their September 10th performance at the Fairmont Senior Band Spectacular in Fairmont. Full Schedule

The Busy Bee Band & Honeybees perform at the East Fairmont/University game on September 2, 2011.

Adding / Updating Alumni

AlumniWe're always looking to add to our Alumni listing here at busybeeband.com.  If you're a past member of the group, please e-mail Mike Swisher to be added to our Alumni Listing or check your current listing and update any information.  Also, take a moment to browse through all of the alumni information in the Alumni Center. Or follow us on our new official Facebook Site.   Full Story

Multimedia Library Updated

Highlights from New York City and the 2006 Field Show from Follies 2007 have been added to the Multimedia Library. Additionally, the 2006 field show from the Thomas Jefferson High School Band Spectacular and the 2005 field show from the Morgantown High School Band Spectacular have been uploaded in full to YouTube and can be found on the Multimedia page. Stay tuned as we continue to add video of the band from past years and, soon, from this year. Multimedia Library

To see additional videos, you can visit the Busy Bee Band & Honeybees Channel on YouTube. Or, if you would like to be notified when new videos are added to the site, you can create a membership on YouTube and subscribe to the Busy Bee Band & Honeybees Channel.

Busy Bee Band Photo Gallery
Photo GalleryThe Busy Bee Band & Honeybees Photo Gallery has been updated with pictures celebrating the rich tradition of the organization.  Take a moment to look back on some of the memorable performance of yesteryear.  Full Story

Azalea Festival "Parade of Nations" Grand Champions

The Busy Bee Band & Honeybees returned Sunday night from Norfolk, Virginia where they participated in the 54th International Azalea Festival. Seventeen high school bands representing six states participated in the event. The Busy Bee Band & Honeybees were awarded Best Overall Marching, Best Overall Music and Queen Bee Meghan Kinty was awarded Best Drum Major. The group was presented as Grand Champions of the Parade of Nations, winning a gold medal representing a rating in the 90th percentile based on a national grading scale. Full Story

Band at the Azalea Festival Parade
The Busy Bee Band & Honeybees march in the 54th International Azalea Festival Parade of Nations

Busy Bee Band Featured in National Magazine

SYTAThe Busy Bee Band from East Fairmont High School is sharing the “New York Experience” with schools throughout North America. Members of the Busy Bee Band are pictured marching down Seventh Avenue in New York last May when the band visited Rockefeller Center and also the USS Intrepid. The picture is on the cover of the March issue of Student & Youth Traveler.

“This magazine goes to 35,000 schools in North America, and we were just fortunate enough to get on the cover,” Director Earl W. McConnell said — beaming with pride as he displayed the magazine cover. Full Story

Busy Bee Band Featured in The Instrumentalist
The InstrumentalistFor the second time in three months, the Busy Bee Band & Honeybees have been featured in a prominent national magazine. For over 60 years school band and orchestra directors have depended on The Instrumentalist for practical information to use with their ensembles. In their June 2007 issue, the magazine features an Interview with the the Director of the Busy Bee Band & Honeybees, Mr. Earl McConnell, and examines the travels of the band throughout the country and the contributions made at home. Full Story


Busy Bee Band & Honeybees Featured in National Spotlight Once Again

The Busy Bee Band & Honeybees have once again been featured in a national magazine. The band is featured on the cover of the August Issue of Teaching Music, which is distributed nationally by the Music Educators National Conference. This makes the 3rd national magazine in which the group has featured in the last 18-months.

The magazine article focuses on the challenges and rewards of travel for musical groups. In addition to the cover, the band is featured prominently in the magazine in a double-page spread picture from the recent trip to the Bahamas. Full Article


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