Collections of Colonies of Bees

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Collections of Colonies of Bees
Origin Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Genres Rock
Years active 1998 (1998)-present
Associated acts Pele
Past members
  • Jon Mueller
  • Jon Minor
  • Jim Schoenecker
  • Thomas Wincek
  • Nick Sanborn

Collections of Colonies of Bees is an American musical ensemble from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


Collections of Colonies of Bees was founded by Chris Rosenau and Jon Mueller in 1998, then both members of the band Pele.[1] Their debut album appeared on the UK-based label Rosewood Union, while their next several releases appeared on Crouton Records. By the time of their 2004 release Customer, they had added two new members, Jon Minor and Jim Schoenecker, and signed with Polyvinyl Records. In 2006, the group added Thomas Wincek and Daniel Spack,[2] though two more years would pass before their next full-length, Birds, appeared.[3] In 2011, the band released the album Giving on the label Hometapes.[4] Following the release, Mueller and Wincek left to pursue a solo career (Mueller) and the band All Tiny Creatures (Wincek).

Collections of Colonies of Bees also forms half of the band Volcano Choir, the other half being Justin Vernon. They released two albums, Unmap in 2009 and Repave in 2013.


  • Chris Rosenau - guitar (1998-present)
  • Jon Mueller - percussion (1998-2011)
  • Jon Minor - electronics (2003-2004)
  • Jim Schoenecker - electronics (2004-2011)
  • Thomas Wincek - electronics (2006-2011)
  • Matthew Skemp - bass (2008-present)
  • Daniel Spack - guitar (2006-present)
  • Ben Derickson - percussion (2012-present)
  • Marielle Allschwang - vocals (2016 - present)