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October 22, 2012

A cappella group perform at 49er halftime

Vallejo Times-Herald

Performing at half-time of the San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks game Thursday night may not have surpassed a Summer Olympics assignment, but it was right up there for Annabelle Marie. The director of the local children's a cappella group, VOENA, wrote a tribute song, "America," for the U.S. Olympians saluted at the game and her young singers pulled it off perfectly, she said Friday.

"It was definitely a 'Wow!' moment," Annabelle Marie said. "The kids were jumping like jackrabbits because they were so overly excited." About 65,000 fans heard the area youth sing after 58 Olympians were honored during the special ceremony.

"We stood behind them, waiting for the second quarter to finish," Annabelle Marie said. "Olympians past and present were talking with our kids and, of course, the kids were all wishing they had their cell phones to get pictures."

VOENA did a test run before the game, Annabelle said, and was fully prepared to sing it live when cued. "Faces all over the stadium lit up," she said. "Even the cheerleaders and the 49ers stopped in their tracks, explaining how they got goose bumps when they heard us." Read more.

Posted by acapnews at October 22, 2012 12:00 AM