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


Highlights from each day:

Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday

The Busy Bee Band & Honeybees of East Fairmont High School recently participated in the 59th Annual Toyota Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida.  A January 1st tradition, the Gator Bowl featured the Maryland Terrapins and the West Virginia Mountaineers.  The Terrapins topped the 'Eers in the game by a score of 41-7.

The group departed for Jacksonville on Monday, December 29 on five Central Cab charter buses.  On Tuesday, the band was given the opportunity to practice their field show at a nearby high school before making a quick trek to the Atlantic Coast for some fun in the sun.  Tuesday evening, the Busy Bee Band & Honeybees joined other high school groups from across the country for a field show competition.

The morning of December 31 marked the first opportunity for the bands to meet to rehearse for the "Mass Band".  Following rehearsal, the band joined in the Winn-Dixie Hometown Gator Bowl Parade.  The Gator Bowl Parade is one of Jacksonville's finest parades, featuring the world famous Clydesdales, colorful floats, high school bands, giant helium balloons, both college bands, cheerleaders, mascots and entertaining specialty units. The parade steps off in grand style at 1:00 p.m. as it makes it way through beautiful Downtown Jacksonville.

Wednesday night, the group joined all other participating bands for a New Year's Eve Party hosted by Bowl Games of America at the Prime E. Osburn Convention Center in Downtown Jacksonville and quickly returned to their hotel in preparation for the following day's Gator Bowl.

On January 1, 2004, the group returned to Alltel Stadium for a final rehearsal with the other groups.  At 12:30 p.m., a national NBC audience tuned-in for the Toyota Gator Bowl.  At halftime, the Busy Bee Band & Honeybees joined nineteen other bands from around the country as they entertained the 78,000+ in attendance at the game.  The group returned home on Friday, January 2nd.

Pictures from the trip can be found in the day-to-day highlights.  If you took pictures that you would like to be possibly used on the web-site or for the archives, please contact Mike Swisher.

Highlights from each day:

Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday



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