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It's Saturday evening. The crowd buzzes with anticipation. Shawn counts off the first tune and lays down a massive beat. Billy joins in, and the bottom end shakes the stage. Russell’s guitar madness begins. Tom and Rachael start working the crowd. The HitZone kicks off a raucous set of amazing cover tunes. The dance floor fills up. Everyone is in the Zone..., the HitZone.
Formed in 2000, the HitZone (formerly the Hitmen) is one of Vancouver’s most unique musical acts. When the HitZone are booked to play your event, you can be sure your guests will be rave about the quality of the band and the non-stop energy they create. Clients consistently marvel at the band’s versatility and “can do” attitude. The HitZone will keep the dancers happy with sure-fire party faves from the 50’s to today, from England to San Francisco.
Amazing 5 part vocal harmony and stellar musicianship guarantee pitch-perfect versions of tunes by Beyonce, The Beach Boys, Gnarls Barclay, Abba, Katy Perry, The Beatles, U2, The Stones, Journey, Prince, Michael Jackson, The Temptations, The B-52’s, Bon Jovi, The Eagles, Rhianna, Stevie Wonder, Elvis, Sly Stone, Pink, Queen, Earth Wind and Fire, and many, many more. The 5 members of the HitZone (a horn section and added female vocalist available on request) will apply their vast knowledge of pop music spanning 4 decades by performing their repertoire of hundreds of songs. You can request songs from their massive playlist to custom-design your party!
The HitZone is your first choice for a party band that will put you in the zone…of fun!
Guitar / Vocals
Russell Marsland is one of Canada's premier guitarists. A child prodigy, at age 17, Russ became lead guitarist at a famous nightclub called Lassetter's Den, named after owner Bill Lassetter from the BC Lions. The house band consisted of the likes of Tom Lavin from the Powder Blues Band, as well as David Lanz, keyboardist for the late great Frank Zappa. He later co-founded the legendary Rhythm and Blues Allstars, performing along B.B. King, the Allman Brothers, and War.
Billy is an accomplished Bass Player, Vocalist and Songwriter. Born and raised on the island of Oahu Hawaii, Billy has 30 years of experience, from Oahu, through the West and Mid- West of the United States, Europe and thru out Canada. Residing in Canada since 1992, Billy has been carving out a niche for himself on the local Vancouver scene. Recording with, and producing a number of independent Acts, including fronting a 10 piece band,
Personal Funk device
Some highlights of Shawn’s performing/recording career include being nominated for a Juno with “Alibi” for Country Music Group of the Year in 1988, nominated 3 times for All-Star Drummer by the Canadian Country Music Assn., and he was awarded 5 times as All-Star Drummer for the BC Country Music Assn. (1993-97), Andy Timmons, Paul Gilbert, Don Felder, Cheech Marin (Cheech and Chong), Susan Jacks, The Odds, Holly Arntzen, Leonard and Sample, Ellen MacIllwayne, Lisa Brokop & more
Keyboards / Vocals
He was vocal coach to Will Ferrell in the movie “Elf”, musically directed “All Grown Up” at Richmond Gateway Theatre. And was the musical director for the Jessie Award-nominated musical, “Red Rock Diner” and for “Cheatin’ Hearts”, both at the Arts Club Theater. As a session musician, he has written, produced and sung TV and radio jingles for the Canadian, U.S., Japanese and New Zealand markets. As a performer, Tom starred in the ‘99/’00 Kiss Project at Performance Works on Granville Island and has appeared in the opera “The Gang” at Harbourfront in Toronto.
Not just a performer, she runs two You Tube channels and a behind the scenes blog where she uses social networking extensively to spread her message and share information about her own projects as well as those of other artists.
Her You Tube adventures with 'Kelly and Rachael's All Access Pass' have taken her backstage with bands like Loverboy, Chilliwack, and Blondie and she shares with her audience some behind the scenes peeks at music awards shows, radio stations, photo shoots, newspapers, TV and recording studios, festivals, record companies