The Sons of Champlin started in Marin County in 1965 by Bill Champlin, Tim Cain, Terry Haggerty and Geoff Palmer and been considered the "penultimate" Marin County band for over 50 years. The band has released eight major label albums and a few releases on indie labels. Bill Champlin has worked on over 300 records and has performed on numerous TV and movie soundtracks, including the lead vocal on "In the Heat of the Night" series starring Carrol O'Connor. He played for 28 years with the band Chicago and managed to fit in a handful of Sons' gigs during that time. The current lineup is Bill Champlin on keys and guitar and lead vocals; Geoff Palmer on keys and vibes; Alan Hertz on drums; Dick Mithun on bass; Tal Morris on guitar; Tim Cain on sax; Jeff Lewis on trumpet; Doug Rowan on sax; and Tamara Champlin on lead and background vocals. The band has always been a step-up musically from the norm. Founding member Terry Haggerty has been known to sit in with the band which is always an emotional experience for diehard fans. The Sons of Champlin are a Marin County gold mine.