In 1976  Wayne Fennimore met Bill Marlin and the CROSSFIRE band was born. They soon hooked up with drummer Chuck Schmedeke and bass player Jeff Warren and went on to take the Colorado music scene by storm.

For years Crossfire (including Tony Ortega and others) brought  their unique style of music to Colorado and the west.

In 1989 the band went on a 27 year hiatus.

But not forever! In 2015 Bill, Chuck met up again and formed the band Common Thread with  bass player Adam Kraus. They were finishing a great run with the Common Thread band when they got the opportunity to get back together with  old friend and bandmate Wayne Fennimore. Together they make up the new 


Crossfire has a unique sound and style built on great tunes and unequaled musicianship.

Turning every stage into a concert stage Crossfire brings music from the heart.  



Adam Kraus

Wayne Fennimore

In 1977, Bill, Wayne and Chuck got together and Crossfire was born.

An, boy, do they have stories! Ask them about...

Bill Marlin

Wayne met Bill Marlin  just two weeks after his arrival in Colorado from the East Coast in the mid-seventies. After an initial musical effort, ending in several members opting for college instead of an obviously lucritive career in music, Bill and Wayne searched for other musicians, hence building the original Crossfire Band.    


A refugee from Detroit City Bill brought his music degree to Colorado and hooked up with Wayne to form the original Crossfire Band. 

After Crossfire Bill went on to play with the Bill Marlin & Red DeLisle Duo, Marlin Band, Brick Band, Mother Load and the Common Thread Band.

Bill is an active member of the Colorado music scene 

 Adams journey in music started back in Illinois where he took lessons on the piano, trumpet and eventually the bass.  In 2014 Adam relocated from Chicago to Colorado and was soon performing in a band with Bill and Chuck, two years later the band was done and a new band formed with Wayne. Adam enjoys playing all types of music and looks forward to creating something special with the Crossfire Band.

Chuck Schmedeke

Chuck left Colorado in 1989, to tour Europe, the Middle East and Central America. Following those road-years, he settled in LA and played with may well-known bands in Hollywood and Vegas. He returned to his heart-home in 2015 and is thrilled to have joined back up with Bill, Wayne and Adam.

Wayne played through the years with local bands such as Abandoned Minds, The Point Blanksters, Midnight Flyer, and others, at times musically crossing paths with Bill here and there.  Musical growth and timing have brought three of the original members back together again.  

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