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Next Up: Grafton

The band will be traveling to Grafton to visit the Bearcats new football field on October 25, 2013. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. East Fairmont will be then be back at East-West Stadium for the final two games of the football season as the Bees host Philip Barbour on November 1st followed by the Annual East-West Game on November 8th.

Thank you to all the alumni who attended Homecoming on October 18th at Fairmont State University. We will have pictures and video of the performance available soon!

The 2013-14 Busy Bee Band & Honeybees perform at Liberty High School to start the 2013 football season

 


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.

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


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

 


2012 Field Show Performance at the Morgantown Band Spectacular

 

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

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

 



Adding / Updating Alumni

We'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
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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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