"Busy Bee Band Follies
The New Follies Format is
|1974 - 1ST
BEE BAND "FOLLIES"
featuring Kim Helmick as
The following is an article
from the Fairmont Times:
June 12, 1975.
East Musicians Wow 'em
New York Thrills
To Busy Bee Band
"It was a thrill to hear "Hail West
Virginia" played on the sidewalks of New York,"
Judge Robert E. Maxwell of Elkins reported last night.
The northern district federal judge was passing by
yesterday when he saw a band forming on Seventh Avenue
and 53rd Street in front of the American Hotel. He
stopped and recognized Band Director Earl McConnell.
Traffic was stopped as hundreds of New Yorkers crowded
the area around the hotel and the East Fairmont High
School Busy Bee Band gave out with what the Judge said
"was one of the finest concerts I have ever
Queen Bee Danette Steele conducts the
Busy Bee Band at a command performance at Seventh Avenue
and 53rd Street in
front of the Americana Hotel. Traffic stopped and an
instant crowd of thousands were entertained.
The band in New York at the invitation of the
Entertainment Committee of Rockefeller Center, had just
come from the Center where they had received a
"tremendous ovation." The management of the
Americana had requested that the band give a street
concert at the hotel. Judge Maxwell said, "I am sure
that the fine young people of the band gave the New
Yorkers something to think about. They were the best
ambassadors for West Virginia that I have ever
The Busy Bee majorettes of the band had a visit with
the Rockettes at Rockefeller Center yesterday afternoon
and the whole band was guest of Radio City Music Hall.
The judge arrived at Benedum Airport in Bridgeport last
night and called to report how "proud" he was
of the Fairmont band.
The band went on to Hershey Chocolate Museum and will
arrive home today. The trip is being sponsored by the
Busy Bee Band Boosters, Frank Cimino president. Traveling
with the band as directors are Mr. and Mrs. Earl L.
McConnell, Sr.; as counselors are Mr. and Mrs. Frank
Cimino, Mr. and Mrs. David Nuzum, Mrs. Ruth Phillips, Mr.
and Mrs. Richard Romino, Mr. and Mrs. Nick Opus, Mr. and
Mrs. James Layman, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Stuart, Mr. and
Mrs. Jack Delligatti, Mr. and Mrs. Willaim Cain.
Snoopy visits the 1975 Busy Bee Band
"Busy Bee Band Follies
Our Country's Bicentennial...
Spectacular costuming and the
Honeybees provided an unforgetable finale to the music of
"The Stars and Strips Forever." Above, Dyane
Carpenter, Sandy Morgan, Lisa Yann, and
Cindy Cain are part of the precision routine.
|'76 Show opener featured a
George M. Cohan with the Honeybees
performing to "Yankee Doodle Dandy".
From left: Susan Bartolf, Jamie
Constable, Lisa Yann, Cindy Cain and
Earl W. McConnell, Jr. Becomes
||1976 saw the development of Co-Directors for the Busy Bee Band & Honeybees. After 11
years as Director, Earl W. McConnell, Sr. was joined by Earl W. McConnell, Jr. The new co-
director came to East after 3 years as Director of Bands at Grafton High School.
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