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Busy Bee Band 
& Honeybees
in 59th Annual 
Toyota Gator Bowl

 

Thursday, January 1, 2004

On Thursday, January 1, 2004, East Fairmont's Busy Bee Band & Honeybees joined several other high school groups from around the country to perform at the 2004 Gator Bowl Parade in Jacksonville, Florida.  Over 78,000 people attended the traditional bowl game between the West Virginia Mountaineers and Maryland Terrapins.  The attendance level was a new record for Alltel Stadium, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars.  Despite a lackluster performance by the Mountaineer football team, the band enjoyed the 70-degree weather and Florida sunshine.

Arriving at the stadium at 8:00 a.m., the band joined the other groups for one last practice together for the 12:30 game.  Following a brief rehearsal, the group ate lunch at the stadium and took their seats to watch the game.  Mid-way through the second quarter, the band filed to a staging area and took the field at halftime.  Ken Dye, director from Notre Dame University, lead the 1800-piece ensemble in his arrangements of "Hey Baby" and "Beach Boys Medley".  Following the performance, the group returned to their seats to watch the remainder of the contest.

Thursday evening, the band returned to the hotel to pack instruments and uniforms and have dinner.  The group left Jacksonville early Friday morning to return to Fairmont.

Pictures below.  Click for enlargement.


Private First Class Jessica Lynch

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