The Band

Brian Koch
Lead Vocals

Brian coming from a very musical family, originally started to play drums at the early age of 8 years old. Being behind the drums did not hinder Brian's urge to sing and start working on his vocal abilities at the same time. Having musically talented brothers and sisters they were always finding ways to hold concerts in their family basement. "Shotgun" was the first band that Brian put together with a couple friends and they performed in the Cleveland area with a mix of cover songs and originals which were featured on local radio stations. Brian continued to play music through 1991, met his wife, Liz and together they raised 3 children, McKenzie, Jordan and Cole. Getting the chance to come back to music and be the front man of "On Fire" is near and dear to his heart as Van Halen has always been his favorite band growing up.

Criss Markulis

Criss started playing drums when he was 13 years old quickly developing his first band, "American Classic" a year later. Criss has been playing professionally for the last 35 years being involved with a number of local bands and musical projects along the way. In 2006 he was approached to join Kiss tribute band, "Mr. Speed" to portray his drum hero and inspiration, Peter Criss. He also pulls inspiration from legendary drum greats Buddy Rich, Bruce Crump, John Bonham and Matt Sorum. Criss has now switched gears to portray Alex Van Halen and formed Van Halen Tribute. "On Fire". Criss is married to his wife Denise and together they have a blended family of 4 adult children Jamee, Zacc, Alexis and Gunther.

Rob Koch

Rob was raised in a musical family. Both parents were in choir, dad played the trombone. Listening to the early Beatles & Beach Boys he loved the harmonies. When Van Halen arrived they combined the heavier rock with harmonies. By the time VH 1984 came out with the first video (party time!) he was convinced playing in a band was for him and bought a guitar. Rob quickly switched to bass guitar after younger brother Brian asked him to play in his band. The rest is history! Many bands later he now plays the music that inspired him to play in the first place, Van Halen!

Dean Carriero

Dean started playing guitar at the early age of 8 years old and by the age of 13 he taught himself to play by ear. Throughout his high school years, he and friends held regular jam sessions and by 1989 he started his first official band "Unchained" that covered Van Halen to Dokken and anything in between. While with "Jinx" in 1992 he did some original writing and recording. In 1995, Dean continued on the originals path and joined "The Simpletons" band that recorded a full LP and gave him the opportunity to play shows in Dallas, TX, New Orleans, LA, Philadelphia, PA and Youngstown, OH opening up for headliners Michael Stanley, Joe Walsh and other major acts from 1995 - 1997. Dean is excited to bring you the sounds of "on Fire" having joined the band in 2021. Dean is married and raising 2 children.