Dispatch originated in the early 1990s as One Fell Swoop
, but changed their name to Dispatch in 1996. Chad Urmston
, and Pete (Francis) Heimbold
, who were all attending Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont comprised the band's lineup throughout their entire career. Their music drew upon several influences, such as acoustic folk-rock
, and funk
. Dispatch gained much recognition outside of New England, without any help from a label, and stuck together long enough to release seven albums, three of which were live performances.