Who Are These Guys
Third Rail is a different type of rock band. We play Classic Rock hits, in a fun, intimate, acoustic style. Some you'll know by heart, some you'll remember after the first few notes, but all will be songs you'll enjoy! We have a lot of fun on stage and we appreciate our audience.
Marc Churchill (Sage)
Marc is a native of Excelsior and developed his musical interests early on after seeing the Beatles and Rolling Stones on the Ed Sullivan Show. He went on to study music at Augsburg College and UCLA. As an accomplished drummer, he has performed various music styles ranging from Classical to Big Band to Hard Rock. In Third Rail, Marc heads up the guitar department in addition to his regular vocal duties. He has also come to terms with his resemblance to John Lennon...
Bill Zimmerman (BillyZ)
BillyZ is the band's bassist holding up the bottom "rail". You'll definitely hear the influence of his earliest faves from the Beatles to the Eagles, Grand Funk and of course, Steely Dan. Although he's a corporate dude by day, he's had his hand on the bass frets in one kind of band or another for most of his life. As the band's sole "Cheese Head", you can always count on his fun and sarcastic banter with the other rails.
Mark Shampine (Spyder Man)
Mark started his musical endeavors as a high school senior in Northern NY, rocking with fellow high school students and playing keys for his Dad's “adult contemporary” group. Mark has played in bands across NY, Virginia, Maryland, and Oklahoma before joining Minnesota's music scene in 2001. Third Rail is a fresh approach to some great tunes, but Mark's biggest challenge is making sure some music actually gets mixed in with the comedy routine.