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Follies 2005

April 7, 2005 marked the opening night for the 33rd Annual Production of Follies. A packed East Fairmont High School Auditorium was present when the curtains opened and the group played the opening fanfare from "That's Entertainment" followed by "There's No Business Like Show Business," "Everything's Coming Up Roses," and "Comedy Tonight". The Honeybees were then featured in a Busy Bee Band favorite called "Power Lines".

The Busy Bee Band & Honeybees present the Genius of Ray Charles

The band then performed a tribute to the late Ray Charles as they played his classic songs "I Can't Stop Loving You," "Hallelujah I Love Him So," and "Georgia On My Mind." Jerry Herman, winner of four Broadway Tony Awards for musical production, was next up as the band presented one of his best known show tunes entitled "The Best of Times," followed by the Honeybees dancing to "Gloria".  

Broadway productions in the 1990's reached towards the movie screen for musical ideas that could be staged. High on the list were two films by Disney that are still running as well as the blockbuster movie "Titanic". The band presented music from these musicals as they played "Beauty and the Beast," "Godspeed Titanic" and "Circle of Life" from The Lion King.

Two long-standing trademarks of the Honeybees have been their captivating smiles and their ever-popular precision of their kickline. The group closed Act I of Follies 2005 by recreating a scene from the annual Christmas production at Radio City Music Hall. Since 1933, the Rockettes have mesmerized audiences as they watch the "Parade of the Toy Soldiers" unfold. This clever line moves from one formation to the next and finishes with an unexpected twist. The Honeybees presented this Toy Soldier routine to "March of the Toy Soldiers" and "You're Nothing Without Me" from the Broadway Musical City of Angels.

The Honeybees present their trademark kickline.

Opening Act II, the band looked at the 30th anniversary of the fall of Saigon by playing the music of the Broadway musical "Miss Saigon". In 1991, Alain Boublil and Claude-Michael Schonberg brought to New York's Broadway stage the musical "Miss Saigon" depicting a moving testament to teh human spirit and a scathing indictment of the tragedies of war. Two of the most prominent pieces from the musical were presented as the members of the Busy Bee Band & Honeybees recreated the tragic ending of the fall of Saigon and events that led up to that moment. The group performed "The American Dream" and "The Heat Is On In Saigon". The recreation featured Aaron Richmond, Hali Haught, Megan Maley, Chris Morgan, Tiffany Nichols, Mycha Poling, Jared Rogers, Ellie Santy, Rachel Shaver, Christy Thompson, Chris Vincent and the Honeybees.

The band then performed the traditional concert piece "In All Its Glory" by James Swearingen and featured the Honeybees in a visit to the '50s performing "Rock Around the Clock" and "All Shook Up."

Aaron Richmond plays a part during the presentation of Miss Saigon

The Busy Bee Band & Honeybees made an uprecedented tenth performance visit since 1974 to Walt Disney World in May of 2005. As celebration for that accomplishment, the band performed "Disney March Salute" which contained highlights from the "Mickey Mouse March," "It's A Small World," and "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah."

The band and Honeybees were then featured in highlights from 2005 field show and parade performances, including the Inauguration of Marion County native - Governor Joe Manchin - in Charleston, West Virginia. Featured songs included "Strike Up The Band," "Hail, West Virginia," and "It Don't Mean A Thing If It Don't Have That Swing."

The Busy Bee Band percussion section is featured during the Esprit Concert March

With America's will still being tested throughout the world, the band took a moment to pay tribute to the men and women of our Armed Forces who each and every day face the uphill struggle of bringing freedom to the oppressed people of the world. Playing great oratocial moments of past American statesmen, the band performed a "Patriotic Fanfare" written by John Williams followed by "Amazing Grace" and "Battle Hymn of the Republic". The herlad trumpeters were then featured as the Busy Bee Band performed "The Star Spangled Banner" as arranged by John Williams for the Rose Bowl Pregame Ceremonies in January of 2004.

The Busy Bee Band Herald Trumpets are featured during the Patriotic Closing.

Follies 2005 then closed with "That's Entertainment " and the traditional presentation of the "Busy Bee Band Bouquet" by Queen Bee Kayleigh Lynch.


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Ray Charles

Honeybee Feature

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Esprit Percussion Feature



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Miss Saigon

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