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The Heist formed in 2007 with a goal to reproduce the musical energy and awe of a
timeless era. Many major publications and media outlets, including the Los Angeles
Times, KTLA’s Morning News, and KLOS 95.5 fm have noted that The Heist have been
able to seamlessly capture the essence of classic rock through superior musicianship
and attention to detail -
In addition to our musicianship, we also pride ourselves on being very versatile. The Heist has performed to crowds of 4,000+ but has also been featured at art galleries and small gatherings playing acoustic sets for a more intimate experience. Read on to learn a little bit more about each member of this classic rock cover quintet.
The lead singer of the band, Chris Schellenbach,(younger brother to drummer Mark
Schellenbach) has been classically trained and has performed all over the world for
all types of audiences -
Jessica Schellenbach (formally Jessica Paulsson and married to drummer Mark Schellenbach) brings her formal training on piano and voice all the way from Billesholm, Sweden. Coming from a family of singers and performers it was only a matter of time before she would pick up an interest for it as well. She was an active participant in several musicals, theater productions, and talent shows throughout her youth.
Jessica brings her own style and sound to the band with her keyboard and percussion. You can also catch Jessica as the featured vocalist on a few songs, singing the likes of Stevie Nicks, Linda Perry (4 Non Blondes), Linda Ronstadt, Christine McVie (Fleetwood Mac), and more.
Billy Ryder started early in life with classically trained piano. Soon thereafter he started taking an interest in guitar and bass and was taught by Jesse Buglione, respected bass player from the band Lagwagon. Later, Billy went on to form the Southern California punk rock quintet “Sunset Fiction” with drummer Mark Schellenbach. Together they would hit the road, touring parts of the United States, and opening up for bands such as Strung Out, Yellow Card and Story of the Year.
Billy’s passion for and interest in the bass continues. He is considered by many to be one of the best bassists in the Southern California cover and tribute scene. He can also be seen shredding the bass in his 80’s & 90’s novelty cover band, Han Cholo, which is fronted by Hollywood Undead’s Charlie Scene.
Brendan McGrath has been utilizing his musical talents professionally both live and on studio recordings with a variety of instruments since the young age of 10. By age 18, he was the featured guitarist for Los Angeles’ highly sought after Irish rock band ‘Wrath of McGrath’ incorporating mandolin as well as harmony and lead vocals. This notoriety would culminate to being recruited to play and tour internationally with members of the classic rock band Jethro Tull including front man Ian Anderson. Influenced by a variety of musical styles, Brendan’s guitar playing adds a unique flavor to the Heist while keeping with the traditional vibe that’s so crucial to the classic rock sound. His distinctive vocal sound has a wide range from a raspy Van Morrison and Tom Petty to a light Eric Clapton. His talents have had him recognized by Boston’s Berklee School of Music for “Outstanding Musicianship.”
Brendan is currently playing guitar for a number of other musical projects, including playing guitar for singer Chris Schellenbach’s solo project Blackwood Harvest. His other projects include indie rock bands, Throat Sprockets, and The Gardeners.
Mark Schellenbach also started out in life pursuing piano as a youngster. Drums would eventually become his main instrument and his passion. Funny story: Mark’s first drum set was a 1960’s a Ludwig kit and was rumored to be owned by the one and only, Stewart Copeland of The Police. The drum set was later traded to two shady guys in a minivan for a pair mediocre speakers.
Mark helped Billy form the So Cal punk rock band Sunset Fiction in the early 2000’s. He later left Sunset Fiction to join the San Francisco powerhouse rock band "Normal Like You.” The bay area band gained nationwide success and went on multiple tours across America. Normal Like You opened for bands such as Something Corporate, Saves The Day, Paramore, and The Matches to name a few. Mark is also the bass player for his brother Chris’s solo project Blackwood Harvest and the drummer for punk rock pet project Moosegiraffe.
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Playing the Best of the 60’s, 70’s and Beyond
THEY LOVE US!
And you will too!
“You guys were great! We couldn’t have been more thrilled with how everything turned
out. I’d highly recommend you to anyone having an event. You never really know what
you’re getting with a band until you see them perform, and all of you delivered in
a big way. The best part, apart from your talent, is how friendly and easy-
“I can’t get over what an amazing job you guys did at our wedding. We got a lot of
slack from people for not hiring a DJ. Boy did you sure prove everybody wrong. I
can’t believe you had the whole room dancing for 3 hours straight. And your song
choices were just perfect. Thanks for taking the time to learn and play our first
dance and father daughter dance song as well. It was truly the perfect night.” -
“I just want to thank you and the band for the perfect night last night. You guys
were absolutely incredible and more. The party would not have been the same without
your amazing talent and musical contribution. You guys absolutely rocked and I hope
I get a chance to see you play again very very soon!” -
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