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Jimmy Hoddinott and Gary Hoddinott, the way they looked back in the 1980's playing music in nightclubs (photos on left side), and the way they look now, still playing music! (photos on right side)
Jimmy Hoddinott and Gary Hoddinott, the way they looked back in the 1980's playing music in nightclubs (photos on left side), and the way they look now, still playing music! (photos on right side) (Submitted photo)

Growing up in Carroll County, two brothers were like many other kids, enjoying life in rural communities and close-knit neighborhoods. But these particular brothers, Jimmy and Gary Hoddinott, were a little bit crazier than the average kid. Sure, they did the normal things that boys do, like rode dirt bikes, were active in boy scouts, and played sports. But one other interest they both had was music. To be specific, Jimmy loved playing guitar and Gary loved playing drums. Their love of music continued through their high school years at South Carroll and Liberty High, with both of them playing in bands, eventually playing out in the area nightclub scene and having success in the "classic rock" genre. Jimmy has played lead guitar in several bands through the 80's and 90's, including Perchance and a Van Halen tribute band called Diver Down. Gary has played drums in various bands, and while in a band called Life or Death, even headed to New York to promote original songs. But in 1997, the brothers merged their talents and with some other musicians, formed the Slim Jimmy Band.



The Hoddinott brothers are still close to their roots of Carroll County, which is why, after 30 years, they are still playing music right here in Carroll County at places like The Stables in Westminster, Belisimo's and at the Winfield Carnival. They also perform throughout Maryland and Pennsylvania at places like The Purple Moose, Padonia Station, Riverwatch and at Eagles Clubs. The band supports various local Carroll County groups, like ABATE of Carroll County and also The Winfield Baseball Association. In addition to Jimmy and Gary, Slim Jimmy's current band members include Dan Renner on keyboards, guitar and vocals, Charlie Bossalina on bass guitar, and Dave Okutman, another Carroll County resident, on guitar and vocals. To see their upcoming schedule and to hear their music videos, you can look them up on Facebook at "Slim Jimmy" or on http://www.MdParty.com/slimjimmy.



Slim Jimmy is playing this year at the annual fundraiser for The Winfield Baseball Association. This event is scheduled for Saturday, April 6th, at the Carroll County Ag Center from 7:00-11:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased online at WinfieldBaseball.com or by emailing winfieldbaseballfundraiser@comcast.net. Please show your support for the Winfield Baseball kids and get your ticket for this event!

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