1993 Airport Road | Fairmont, WV  26554

East Fairmont High School

Busy Bee Band & Honeybees

The East Fairmont High School Busy Bee Band & Honeybees is the marching band from East Fairmont High School located in Fairmont, West Virginia.  The unique name of the group was adopted by Earl W. McConnell, Sr. and his wife, choreographer of the Honeybees, Millie McConnell.  The drum major of the group is titled "Queen Bee."  In 1976, Earl W. McConnell, Jr. became co-director of the organization.  In 2009, Mr. McConnell stepped down as director and turned the reins over to Mr. TJ Bean, an alumnus of the band himself.  The group has long prided itself on its rich history and tradition.

The band performs at every home football game at East-West Stadium and travels to several away games throughout the year.  When traveling, the group requires six Marion County school buses or four charter buses to accommodate band membership and personnel.  As an ambassador of Fairmont and the State of West Virginia, the band has performed at twenty-four Pittsburgh Steelers football games, the 2004 Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida, the 2005 and 2009 Inaugural Parades of Governor Joe Manchin, the 1989 and 2001 Presidential Inaugural Parades in Washington DC and the 2000 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California.  Over the past 50+ years the group has performed at Walt Disney World thirteen times, with the most recent trip being in 2017; traveled to New York City five times, where in 2006 they became the first high school band to perform at Rockefeller Center in over 40 years; and have made numerous trips to the Pittsburgh area, Washington DC, Toronto Canada, Atlanta Georgia and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina..  In April 2019, the group made took its fourth cruise to Nassau, Bahamas aboard the Carnival Liberty.

Annual Sunkist Citrus Fruit Sale

Each year, the Busy Bee Band & Honeybees have two Sunkist Fruit Sales with one beginning in November and the other in February.  The group sells Sunkist Oranges and Grapefruit in the following options:

40-pound boxes - $30.00

available as: Grapefruit Only, Oranges Only or Mixed

20-pound boxes - $18.00

available as: Grapefruit Only, Oranges Only or Mixed

10-pound bags - $10.00

available as: Grapefruit Only, Oranges Only or Mixed

The easiest way to place an order is through a current member of the Busy Bee Band & Honeybees.  Fruit is on sale from now until November 30th.  If unable to place an order with a member of the band, call the Bandroom from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Mon-Friday at (304) 366-7826.  Leave a message if no one is available!

​Upcoming Performances:


  • Saturday, December 14, 2019, 5:00 p.m. - Annual Fairmont Christmas Parade, Downtown Fairmont, WV (Begins at 3rd Street Bridge and ends at Palatine Park)

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Printable Schedule (PDF)

Pictures for the 2019 Annual Fairmont Veterans Day Parade on November 11, 2019

Members of the Busy Bee Band & Honeybees celebrate with the East Fairmont Bees football team following their 40-8 victory over Berkeley Springs at East-West Stadium

The Busy Bee Band & Honeybees present their 2019 Field Show at the Morgantown Band Spectacular at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, WV

On Friday, October 1, 2004, on the campus of East Fairmont High School, a dedication ceremony took place for the unveiling of the Veterans Memorial Plaza located near the front entrance of the school. The plaza was designed and donated by East Fairmont alumnus Clyde Dodd, and was constructed by Valley General Contracting of Fairmont. The dedication featured as guest speaker Mr. Hershel "Woody" Williams - a Marion County native and recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor which he received for his actions on the island of Iwo Jima in 1945 during World War II.  Full Story

Clyde Dodd cuts the ribbon to dedicate the new Veterans Memorial Plaza at East Fairmont High School. L-R. Mr. Hershel "Woody" Williams, Mrs. Bernie Dodd, Mr. Keith Holt, Mr. Clyde Dodd and Major Michael Morrison. .

The 2019-2020 Busy Bee Band & Honeybees perform during their first show of the season at North Marion High School

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Changes with REMIND!!!

Remind has limited people to 150 per class, which is why some of you may have noticed you were unceremoniously dumped.  But here are new numbers -- please sign up with your group:  NOTE - NOTE - NOTE -- you must at the @ sign at the beginning

  • Amazing Senior Class of 2020: Please @bbbh20 to this number: 81010

  • ​Future Seniors - Class of 2021: Please text @bbbh202 to this number: 81010

  • To our amazing sopho moros Class of 2022: Please text @bbbh2022 to: 81010

  • And to the future of our band, Freshman - Class of 2023, text @bbbh2023 to 81010


Give Back to the East Fairmont High School Foundation

Amazon Prime users -- how would you like to help the East Fairmont High School Foundation? Did you know that if you go to smile.amazon.com you can pick a charity to support and one of those charities is the East Fairmont Foundation. If you already have a charity chosen, choose the charity at the top of the page and choose change and type in East Fairmont High School Foundation Inc. The Foundation has provided a lot of support to East Fairmont, including providing scholarships, educational mini-grants and providing other items to support the school. Pictures are attached on how to change your charity -- every little bit counts so please consider assisting the East Fairmont High School Foundation!

Here is how you can change your charitable donation on Amazon Prime:

1) Go to smile.amazon.com and choose the group your supporting:

2) Choose "Change" next to the foundation you had previously chosen

3) Search for the East Fairmont High School Foundation Inc.

4) Be sure to chose EFHS Foundation as your preferred charity

The Foundation has provided over 1 million dollars in scholarships to East Fairmont High School Students, provides mini-grants for educations projects and supports many of the art and athletic programs at East Fairmont.  All contributions help East Fairmont so please consider changing your charity and encouraging others to do the same!

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The Busy Bee Band & Honeybees present their 1999 Field Show at the Fairmont Senior Polar Bear Band Spectacular at East-West Stadium in Fairmont, WV

From their 1968 Spring Concert, the Busy Bee Band, under the direction of Earl W. McConnell, Sr., presents Seventy-Six Trombone

We take you back to a Fall of 1993 Patriotic performance at East/West Stadium as the Busy Bee Band & Honeybees reenacted the famous raising of the American Flag atop Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jijma as captured by the camera of Joe Rosenthal.

In 2003, the Busy Bee Band & Honeybees traveled to Jacksonville, Florida to perform in the 2004 Gator Bowl Parade in downtown Jacksonville and perform during halftime of the Gator Bowl.  It just so happened West Virginia made the Gator Bowl that year as well, so it was a very exciting time with a lot of terrific West Virginia fans (but don't ask about the outcome of the game).  While in Jacksonville, the group joined other bands from around the area to perform an exhibition at a local high school, which you can watch below!

The East Fairmont High School Busy Bee Band & Honeybees present their 2004 Field Show at the Bethel Park Band Festival in Bethel Park

Patriotic Performances from the Busy Bee Band & Honeybees

To celebrate this 4th of July week, everyday we will bring you a Patriotic Performance from the Busy Bee Band & Honeybees. To close out the week, we bring you the combined bands of the Busy Bee Band and the Fairmont Senior High School Polar Bear Band as they collaborate for the 2007 pre-game show prior to the 87th East-West Game at East-West Stadium.  "Armed Forces Salute" was played by the groups as each branch of military service was recognized.

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2019 Nassau, Bahamas Spring Trip

Following the successful run of Follies 2019, the Busy Bee Band and Honeybees made their annual Spring trip this year to Nassau, Bahamas. Leaving on Wednesday, April 24, the band made their way to Cape Canaveral, Florida where they embarked upon a 4-day, 3-night cruise on the Carnival Liberty.  Full Story

2019 EFMS Band Concert

The 7th and 8th grade band and choir programs at East Fairmont Middle School performed 2 concerts in the gymnasium of EFMS on Tuesday, May 28th. The band portion began with the combined groups playing “America, the Beautiful.”  Full Story

Follies 2019 Wraps Up

Follies 2019 finished its 4-show run on Sunday, April 7th. Highlights from the show included music from ABBA's Mamma Mia!, a tribute to the '90s, and the ever-popular Honeybee kickline to "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy."  The spring tradition brought nearly 3,000 spectators to the East Fairmont Auditorium.  Full Story

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The Busy Bee Band Herald Fanfare Trumpets made their debut at Follies 1992 - playing "Queen's Fanfare," composed by Earl W. McConnell, Jr.; Fanfare from "Emperata Overture" and "Radio Festival Fanfare" composed by Dr. William Moffit

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