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JUNIOR HIGH REHEARSALS: Jr. High School (7th & 8th grade) rehearsals will be held at East Fairmont High School -- at the high school on Airport Road and not at the Junior High at previous noted. Again, the Jr. High will practice at East Fairmont High School. Incoming 7th graders will meet at 9:00 a.m. to practice to 10:15 a.m. Rehearsals will run Monday through Thursday (July 6-10) and again the following week 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Incoming 8th Graders will work the same two weeks (Mon, July 6 - Thurs, July 10 & Mon, Jul 13 - Thurs, July 17) with practice beginning at 10:30 a.m. and ending at 11:45 a.m. Again, note that all practice will be held at the East Fairmont High School

FULL BAND REHEARSALS: The 2015-2016 edition of the BUSY BEE BAND & HONEYBEES of East Fairmont High School will begin rehearsing on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 from 6:30 until 8:30 pm. We will meet again on Thursday, July 9, 205 and each consecutive Tuesday and Thursday evening through July 30, 2015. These rehearsals will include the incoming Freshman class as well as all upperclassmen and will be the starting point of this year’s band.

UNIFORM FITTINGS FOR ALL STUDENTS: will run the week of July 28 - July 30, 2015 during the afternoons. Students will be notified ONE week prior to fittings as to which day and time period in the afternoon (1:00 pm - 3:30 pm) they will need to come in for their uniform. If you are going to be out of town that week, I will need to know so that I can get an accurate height and weight measurement in order to save you a uniform. Our uniform distribution system is computerized so as to allow the quickest & most accurate fittings for your son or daughter. When alterations are needed, our seamstress - Ms. Debbie Boggs will be present to measure sleeve and pant length so that she can alter that particular uniform to the exact size of your son or daughter. Also during this fitting, all freshmen will be fitted for their band shoes and spats as well as their Rugby Shirt that are part of the uniform. Please make every effort to be at your uniform fitting time if at all possible.

SECTION REHEARSALS: will be for a two week period with Week #1 starting on Monday, July 20, 2015 through Thursday, July 23, 2015. Week #2 will run from July 27, 2015 through July 30, 2012 (Monday - Thursday). Listed beloew are the instrumentation schedules for each of the days:

9:00 - 10:00 AM
Flutes and Clarinets
10:00 - 11:00 AM
Alto Saxes and Trumpets
11:00 - 12:00 PM
Tenor Saxes, Trombones & Sousaphones
9:00 - 11:00 AM
Percussion Section

SPECIAL PARENT–NIGHT MEETING: MONDY, JULY 27, 2015, 7:00 - 8:00 PM. - E.F.H.S. Auditorium. Each year, we have a special parent night meeting in which BOTH parents and students of the Busy Bee Band & Honeybees are required to attend as an organizational meeting. At this meeting, information concerning the Band program will be presented along with a detailed handout containing information prevalent to our program. Also included in the handout will be an information letter and form concerning Band Camp. Parents may feel free to ask questions concerning the band program, Band Camp and the Busy Bee Band Boosters. Remember, this is a required meeting for all students and parents.

PRE-CAMP WORKSHOP: AUGUST 3 - AUGUST 6, 2015. This four-day, intense workshop is also held at E.F.H.S in the evenings from 5:30 - 9:30 pm. This is where we begin our fall field show drill designs, charting of individuals in squads, and intense group playing focusing towards the following week’s Band Camp. Friday, August 3, 2012 is a free day for preparation for Band Camp which follows on Saturday.

BUSY BEE BAND CAMP - AUGUST 8 - 14, 2015 - (Sat - Fri.): The annual Busy Bee Band Camp will be held at beautiful Camp Caesar 4-H Camp located between Webster Springs and Cowen, WV. This camp is REQUIRED for the fall performance band. Additional information will be announced at the 5Parent Meeting on Thursday, July 27, 2015.

FIRST PERFORMANCE: Home Football Game - East vs. Liberty High School - Friday, Aug. 28, 2015!

Purchase Follies For Online Viewing

For the first time, the Busy Bee Band & Honeybees are happy to offer you Follies for online viewing. In addition to pre-ordering Follies 2015, you will be able to order previous Follies performances. More shows will be added in the coming days so be sure to check back for updates.

Follies 2015 Opens April 16th

Thursday, April 16, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 17, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 18, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 19, 2015, 2:00 p.m.

The 42nd Annual production of the Busy Bee Band "Follies" will open on April 16th. The show will run 3 evenings (April 16-18) with a Sunday matinee on April 19. The four-day performance brings in an audience of nearly 3,000 to the East Fairmont High School Auditorium every year. The choreography of the Honeybees along with fantastic show-tunes performed by the band has kept audiences enthralled within the Broadway-style concert theater at East Fairmont High School for 41 years and Follies 2015 promises more of the same entertainment.

Follies 2015 is scheduled for Thursday April 16th through Sunday April 19th. Showtimes for Thursday-Saturday are 7:30 p.m. with a 2:00 p.m. matinee on Sunday, April 19th. Reserved seating only. The easiest way to purchase tickets is through your favorite local band member who can take your order and reserve your seats at their next practice.

Ttickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, April 3rd, at which time you can contact the Busy Bee Band Ticket Office at (304) 366-7826 and leave your contact information, including show date preference, name and contact number and someone will reach you as soon as possible. Thanks for supporting Follies 2015 and the Busy Bee Band & Honeybees.

. Highlights from Follies 2014

Busy Bee Band & Honeybees

December 28, 2014 Halftime Show
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Only 9 Days and counting before the Fabulous Follies 2015. This year's show will include Highlights of Billy Joel, Led...

Posted by East Fairmont High School Busy Bee Band & Honeybees on Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Busy Bee Band Returns from Columbus Day Parade in Pittsburgh
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

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

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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