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Hamrick practices some of the music the Busy Bee Band will
be performing in Jacksonville, Fla., during a rehearsal
Saturday. - PHOTO BY TAMMY SHRIVER
EFHS Busy Bee Band and Honeybees eager to join Mountaineers at
Florida's Gator Bowl
The East Fairmont High School Busy Bee Band and Honeybees
practiced one last time Saturday morning before heading Monday to
Jacksonville, Fla., for the Gator Bowl.
"I think it's a great honor and a great experience for
everybody to be there at the same time as the Mountaineers,"
Earl McConnell, EFHS band director, said.
West Virginia University will play the Maryland Terrapins at 12:30
The band found out in September that it was chosen to participate
in the Gator Bowl festivities after being spotted by a scout at a
band spectacular in Ohio. And soon after, the Mountaineers were
selected to play in the Gator Bowl.
"What makes it really great is that the Mountaineers are in the
Gator Bowl," McConnell said.
The Busy Bee Band and Honeybees are used to participating in
historical events. In 2001 they played at the inauguration of
President George W. Bush and in the Rose Bowl Parade.
Due to this winter's weather, a lot of the Busy Bee Band and
Honeybee practices had to be done at home.
"We had to learn two new dances, and we have been practicing at
home because of the snow," Honeybee and EFHS senior Morgan
Kincell said. "I'm excited and can't wait to go down to
Kincell mentioned that she and the other members were going to try
and get the other bands to support the Mountaineers during the
game. During Kincell's sophomore year, the band traveled to
Mike Swisher, a 1996 EFHS graduate, will be traveling with the
group to Florida and will be e-mailing pictures back to West
Virginia. He also will be posting daily updates and pictures on
"In 2001 when we went to the Rose Bowl, the Web site had 5,000
visitors," he said.
Chartered buses carrying the 190-member band and the Honeybees
will leave around 7:30 a.m. Monday for Jacksonville.
At approximately 11 p.m. Monday evening, the group will arrive in
Jacksonville. Tuesday morning there will be a rehearsal for a
field show contest at a local high school. The band will perform
at 8 p.m. that evening in the field show contest performing tunes,
including "All That Jazz," "Celebration" and "It's A
Most Usual Day."
At 3 p.m. Wednesday the band will participate in the Gator Bowl
Parade, playing such songs as "This Is My Country." Later in
the evening, the band will ring in the new year at the
Jacksonville Convention Center.
Thursday is the reason for the whole trip, as the band prepares
for the Gator Bowl. At halftime, the band will join others to
perform in front of 80,000-plus people at the stadium and for the
audience watching on NBC.
On Friday, the band will return home.
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