Chris plays with band 'Shrunken-Headbangers'
Read Chris' pre
Bob plays with band 'Jr. and The Jobless'
Read Bob's pre Sticktime History.
Bart plays with band 'Ragtag'
Read Bart's pre Sticktime History.
Russ plays with band 'Phish Phry"
Read Rus' pre Sticktime History.
All the eventual Sticktime members are gaining valuable experience playing with these
Chris, Bob and Russ Meet and form 'SkyBox'
Through an chance cookware meeting SkyBox meets up with Bart. Everyone knows it is
their destiny and to foundation of STICKTIME is laid
Bands lands its first gig as Sticktime. They are booked to play a police gathering in
western Maryland. And in something reminiscent of "The Blues Brothers" things
don't go so well. The 95 car Grantsville pile-up occurred that very weekend, needless to
say the police where a tad busy. And Sticktime played the wrong kind of classics for the
retirees that weren't busy with the accident
However, with their strong dedication to "The Show" they found a small local
bar to perform at. So the packed up and headed for
their second gig of the day.
Well after getting the truck out of the mud that is.
The Show Must Go On!!
The bar tab that the roadies ran up however exceeded the bands fee for the show. A
lesson is learned about roadies that work for beer.
Towards the end of a very trying year things started to smooth out. Gig's were becoming
more regular and getting to them was becoming less of a gamble.
Sticktime plays grand opening of the North End Pub in Martinsburg WV. Ironically,
Sticktime played the same establishment when it was named Somewhere Else Club. The band
played the clubs last open night when the new owner closed it to create the new and much
improved North End Pub.
Sticktime is constantly re-evaluating equipment to provide the best sound and show for
its audience. A Plexiglas shield is introduced to the drum kit.
While the presence of the shield generates comments and inquiries for all who encounter
it, it is very effective in bringing the stage volume down and saving Bob's ear drums.
The shield has many references including but not limited to "The Penalty
Box", "The Sin Bin", "Beer Bottle Deflector".
Sticktime plays Days Inn Hotel Corporate event in Frederick, MD. Owners want Sticktime
to be "Their Band". Sticktime accepts. (of course we
Sticktime lines up their first show at the Ott House in Emittsburg.
Sticktime gets the nod as The Ott House's 'House Band". Put into a bi-monthly
rotation with their other favorites.
Band plays repeat performance in North East, MD at the Maryland Troopers Association
fall bash. Cops LOVE us!!
The band learned some very valuable lessons this year. One that stands out is to lock
the damn door on the trailer. Especially when Bart is driving around corners and equipment
is spilling out on the road. Luckily just a cymbal stand, not a 24 channel digital
SkyBox experiences its first tragedy - Bob's hand is mutilated in a
bizarre accident while trying to apply aircraft technology to their stage work.
Bob makes an eventual recovery, while not as "good as new" he's
is able to once again play guitar with his grotesque hand.
SkyBox plays LibertyStock 2002 and several private parties
Soon thereafter on their way to another gig in eastern Maryland the
equipment trailer blew its tire on the Baltimore Beltway.
Sticktime was becoming concerned about the traveling part of being a band.
Several shows later...
In June of 2003 the band lands a gig at Champions in Frederick. They get
there without incident. While struggling some with the interesting acoustics of that venue
the band has a successful show. Things are starting to look up!
This became our first regular gig! We played this club many times. These
gigs became the shows other bands went to see. While the style of music was different than
many of the bands that came to see them, the other bands appreciated Sticktime's
As the gigs have gotten more regular Sticktime decides to end their long
relationship with U-haul and purchase their very own equipment trailer. Upon first seeing
it Bart remarks "that thing has got Sticktime written all over it" We think he
was suggesting that it was obviously a classic.
Sticktime was invited to play the Mount Saint Mary's University Alumni
Reunion. On an interesting note both Bob and Chris graduated from The Mount in 1989 and
1985 respectively. It was great seeing all those successful people we graduated with who
weren't trying to start a rock band to deal with their mid-life crisis.
Sticktime gets some press attention.
Cop Rock article appears in Frederick News Post
Photo from Ott House Emittsburg
Now that we know how to lock the trailer door, let's remember to bring the
key with us.
Buy Master Lock brand locks, they're a BITCH to get off.