Bee Parks and the Hornets
Bee Parks and the Hornets is the creative endeavor of Brittany Parker, a Maine-based theatre and music maker. She started the band at the beginning of 2018 to empower young people and the adults who love them. Pulling from various musical inspirations, including Motown, the Beach Boys, and 90’s alt rock, Brittany begin writing a series of songs that included stories of environmentalism, social justice, equality, self-confidence, and loving your neighbor. She was joined by her friends and colleagues Mélissa Smith, Carl Ferm, Joey Dupuis, and Jarly Bobadilla — who all also contributed songs and musical ideas. This culminated in a 60-minute theatrical show with puppets and audience interaction. More musicians joined the team to create a roster of Hornets playing a variety of instruments, including trumpet, saxophone, electric guitar, keyboard, ukulele, bass guitar, and drumset (see gallery below). The band has played at theaters, libraries, museums, schools, zoos, and parks across the East Coast. In July 2019 they released their first full length album, Welcome to Our Hive, which can be found on all digital music platforms.