Train Company was formed in 2008 by lead singer and guitarist John Zozzaro, after meeting saxophonist Mark Alletag at an NIU jazz performance. Within weeks, drummer Rob Lejman and bassist Mike DeWitte were added, and the group played their first show on Zozzaro's 21st birthday. Since then, Train Company has independently released 3 records and toured the U.S. playing shows in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Austin, Nashville, Miami, and many in-between.
The name "Train Company" was chosen quickly. It has come to symbolize the band's DIY mentality toward crafting albums and traveling the country, while foreseeing the groups ability to add musicians. Though their title pays tribute to Chicago's legendary rail lines, it was chosen because, simply put, "...it sounds like a rock 'n roll band."
In 2009, Train Company's self-titled debut album met ecstatic reviews for it's classic, jazzy-pop feel. Within a year of its release, the group found themselves playing a sold-out show with Blues Traveler at Chicago's House of Blues. For that show, the foursome recruited keyboardist Samuel Wyatt - a now permanent fixture.
The following year, Train Company released their blues-soaked Change EP, which includes the songs "Change", "Still Can Feel The Heat", and "Conquistador". The group chose Chicago's Lincoln Hall for it's release and performed with a backing vocal trio. Several months later, the same 8 piece group was invited to play another sold-out show at The House of Blues, this time with Counting Crows.
In 2012, Train Company's sophomore album, The Remains of an Effort was released at the historic Arcada Theater. They performed with an accompanying string quartet, vocal trio, and horn section arranged by saxophonist Mark Alletag. The Remains of an Effort has been their most ambitious album to date, garnering national radio play from indie-rock stations like Chicago's 93XRT, and Berkeley, California's KALX.
In 2013-2014, Train Company released the single "Step to Me" and signed a partnership with electronics giant JVC, enabling the group to continue touring the U.S.