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The Honeybees meet the Beeliners

The Honeybee Trio was formed in October 2008. Its three young singers, Sarah, Natalie, and Karli were only 12 and 13 at the time. They were all aware of each others' vocal abilities: they had all performed in local talent shows, were members of the same musical theater groups, and had even discussed the possibility of doing a trio. When Debi McMindes, a local piano teacher, approached them about doing a performance at a retirement community, they were ready to go. Though there were originally no plans beyond that one performance, it was clear that their combined talents produced something very special. When Debi introduced their first arrangement of “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boys” - well, it was magic! And so, The Honeybee Trio was born. Debi continued to work with the girls on a weekly basis, for about three years, rehearsing the classic Andrew’s Sister's 40’s songs,many of which Debi herself arranged and accompanied. The girls sang classics from the 1930s and beyond in tight, three part harmony, with an emphasis on the 1930s and 40s swing era. In the nine years since their journey began, they have performed hundreds of times to enthusiastic audiences throughout California, along with select performances in Arizona, Nevada, and Iowa. They were invited to sing on a two week concert tour in Japan, in 2014, which was one of their favorite times together as a trio. Their fans and CD sales span 22 countries in five continents.

Because of the nature of the songs in their repertoire, active military and veterans groups often request the girls to perform. They have formed a close association with Travis Air Force Base where they have appeared several times: the Base Commander's retirement party, a "Welcome Home Warriors" event, the "Skies Over Solano" airshow, and a VIP reception for General Raymond Johns (Commander, Air Mobility Command). In addition, they have had the honor of meeting the First Lady and performing for Admiral Papp (Commandant of the Coast Guard) during commissioning of the USCGC Stratton. They have also had the privilege to entertain the public on the historic USS Hornet three times.

The trio also organized and performed at a fundraiser which directly benefited the Travis Fisher House and the Travis AFB USO. This event raised over $6500 to help these important organizations assist our military members and their families.

These girls feel a very strong tie to their community, and have also participated in other fundraisers and civic events. They have performed for the past two years at the Festival of Trees Gala to help raise funds for Opportunity House (an important local organization that houses women and children at risk), twice participated in the national Victory Over Cancer celebration, entertained the crowd at the Vacaville Relay For Life, as well as performances for patients at Shriner’s Childrens Hospital and Stanford Ronald McDonald House .

In addition to these experiences, the girls have fronted several big bands including two holiday tours with the Air Force Band of the Golden West, and appearances with the California Pops Orchestra on several occasions. They’ve twice had the thrilling experience of performing in front of a crowd of 25,000 at their town's tree lighting ceremony, have entertained at the famous Jackson Rancheria Resort and Casino, sang and danced at San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders games, and performed the national anthem to open a San Francisco Giants game. They have also headlined at several local venues to sold-out crowds.

As their reputation has grown, so has the list of publications in which they have appeared. These include The San Francisco Chronicle, The San Jose Mercury News, The (Vacaville) Reporter, The (Fairfield) Daily Republic, The Dixon Tribune, Vacaville Magazine, Emma Close To Home magazine, Northbay Healthcare Wellspring magazine, Vacaville Around Town, and The Monthly Grapevine. They have also performed on Vacaville's own radio station (KUIC), and have appeared live on Good Day Sacramento, and Sacramento & Company.

They earned 1st place in the 2009 Fiesta Days Talent Competition and received the Artistic Achievement Award from the Vacaville Arts Advisory Committee and the City of Vacaville. Recently, they were given the Volunteer Appreciation Award from the Travis AFB Fisher House and the 2011 Vacaville Performing Artists' Award by the Vaca Arts Council, and have received a certificate of appreciation form the veteran’s and auxiliary organizations in Vacaville for their work with Veteran’s groups.

They have recently completed their fourth CD.

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Updated 10/30/2016