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Busy Bee Band to Perform for Steelers - Dec. 20th

The Busy Bee Band & Honeybees will be returning to Heinz Field on December 20, 2015 as the Pittsburgh Steelers host the Denver Broncos. This will mark the group's 24th performance at a Pittsburgh Steelers football game, which included performances for twenty-one consecutive years at Three Rivers Stadium. No other band from the State of West Virginia can make such a claim as East Fairmont. The band has performed in front of hundreds of thousands of Pittsburgh Steeler fans, including 1998 and 1994 AFC Division Championship Games and two AFC Playoff Games. This will mark the second consecutive season for the band to play for the Steelers at Heinz Field. Kickoff for the nationally televised AFC game is scheduled for 4:25 p.m. and can be seen on CBS.

Upcoming Performances:

  • Saturday, December 12, 2015, 5:00 p.m. - Fairmont Christmas Parade - Downtown Fairmont
  • Sunday, December 20, 2015, 4:25 p.m. - Pittsburgh Steelers v. Denver Broncos at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA
  • Performance Checklist for Students

    The 2015-16 Busy Bee Band & Honeybees perform at the 50th Annual Morgantown High School Band Spectacular at Mylan-Puskar Stadium

Annual Sunkist Citrus Fruit Sale

The Busy Bee Band & Honeybees annual Sunkist Citrus Fruit Sale kicked off on November 6, 2015 and orders will be taken until November 29, 2015.  The group sells Sunkist Oranges and Grapefruit in the following options:

40-pound boxes
available as:  Grapefruit Only, Oranges Only or Mixed

20-pound boxes
available as:  Grapefruit Only, Oranges Only or Mixed

10-pound bags
available as:  Grapefruit Only or Oranges Only (No Mix)

For more information or to place an order, contact a member of the Busy Bee Band & Honeybees or call the Band Office at (304) 366-7826.  All orders must be made by November 29, 2015 and payment must be made upon delivery.  All checks should be made out to the Busy Bee Band Boosters.

Pictures from the 2015 Field Show Season

Posted by East Fairmont High School Busy Bee Band & Honeybees on Friday, September 4, 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 Concludes

The 42nd Annual production of the Busy Bee Band "Follies" concluded on April 19th. The annual feature show ran 3 evenings (April 16-18) with a Sunday matinee on April 19. The four-day performance brought an audience of nearly 3,000 to the East Fairmont High School Auditorium. The choreography of the Honeybees along with fantastic show-tunes performed by the band has kept audiences enthralled with the Broadway-style concert theater at East Fairmont High School for 42 years.

Highlights from Follies 2014



Busy Bee Band & Honeybees

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

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 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 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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