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Ready To Rock

By Susan Guynn

Frederick News-Post

July, 30, 2010


After taking June off for band member Shane Gibbon's wedding and family vacations, Sticktime is ready to rock the party, festival, bar, or in this case, the Libertytown Volunteer Fire Department carnival.

The band takes the carnival's entertainment stage on Friday, Aug. 6.

"We play a lot of local fire company events, including dinner dances," said drummer Chris Holland. The band also plays corporate events and has played other venues including Maryland's Zoo's "Brew at the Zoo" in Baltimore and "Wine in the Woods" in Howard County.

Sticktime formed in 2002 as a cover band playing "the classic rock songs you know the way you remember them."

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Chris on drums at Thurmont Carnival


Frederick News Post Staff photo by Skip Lawrence

Chris Holland of Sticktime playing drums at the Gurdian Hose Company carnival in Thurmont MD.


"It's Sticktime"

By Erin Cunningham

Frederick News-Post

March, 31, 2005


EMMITSBURG -- It's been a slow process for the men of Sticktime. For three years, they have worked hard under the radar, creeping into larger venues and gaining a loyal following.

Now, they are primed for a seamless transition into the Frederick music scene, where they are sure to be a major force.

Every time the five-man classic rock band plays a show they see a few more fans, a few more bodies moving to Sticktime's mix of new rock and crowd favorites. The band can play anything from The Doors to Three Doors Down.


They say their shows have been compared to the workout equivalent of three pilates videos, due to a mix of great dance tunes.


And because of each man's vocal and instrumental versatility, they can play almost anything. Throw a Led Zeppelin song at them, and they'll rock it.


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Sticktime band practice





Frederick News Post Staff photo by Sam Yu

Sticktime practices classic rock recently in a home in Pennsylvania near Emmitsburg.

From the left are Bob Calo, Bart Gibbon, Chris Holland, Shane Gibbon, and Rus Gallagher.





Chris and Bob from the Frederick News Post

For these cops, the beat is rock

By Erin Cunningham

Frederick News-Post
October 25, 2004

EMMITSBURG – Ripped jeans. Muscle shirts. A mean guitar. And an attitude. It’s all the ingredients of a rock ‘n’ roll band.

But police badges, kids and lots of laughter add to Sticktime’s vibe. Cpl. Chris Holland and Sgt. Bob Calo, both Maryland State Police troopers and longtime friends, said a series of coincidences led to the formation of the classic rock band. The four men have played together for about a year and a half.


Rus Gallagher plays bass, Bart Gibbon plays the keyboard and guitar. Cpl. Holland is the drummer, and Sgt. Calo plays lead guitar. The quartet performed Friday and Saturday at the Ott House in Emmitsburg until 1:30 a.m., and while they were tired the next day, they said they loved every minute.

Most of them have families and what Cpl. Holland called “responsible jobs,” but making music has always been an important part of everyday life.


They practice in a barn or a basement depending on the weather.

“It’s an itch. A passion,” Cpl. Holland said. “it’s like you are always itching and something’s saying pick up the sticks. Let’s rock ‘n’ roll.”

Sticktime at the Ott House 10/23/2004Each has been in a band before but said they found the perfect fit in each other.

“We’ve found a chemistry that makes bands last a long time,” Sgt. Calo said. “We have all the ingredients to stay together.”

Early on, the group wanted to play music they enjoyed, but they soon found that an audience wants tunes they can dance to. Now, they focus on playing tunes ranging from The Doors to Three Doors Down, and just about everything in between. And it’s that little-bit-of-everything performance and a high energy attitude that earns them gigs and fans.

“We have our foot on the crowd’s throttle,” Cpl. Holland said. “We really feed off the crowd.”

They’ve played in Western Maryland, local private parties and state trooper gatherings.

When they perform at The Ott House in December, it will be their third time at the venue, and they hope to soon play gigs in Frederick.

Cpl. Holland said they hope to earn a reputation as the band that can play anything. For now, they stick to cover songs, but he said they may start writing their own music soon.

“We’re just getting to know each other musically,” Sgt. Calo said.

But they already have an idea for the cover of their first CD: An X-ray of Sgt. Calo’s index finger. Cpl. Holland flattened it with a hammer while constructing their first practice stage.


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