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Meet Your Neighbor: Sleek recaps his experiences in country music – The News


FREMONT – When local businessmen asked Jim Sleek to run for a seat on Fremont City Council, his reputation made him a good fit. He is well known as a Gibsonburg football coach and as a certified substitute teacher and member of the transportation staff for Fremont City Schools, and his popularity is widely embraced by fans of his band, Uptown Country Band, which celebrates its 35th anniversary this year.

Sleek, who has served as a 2nd Ward city council member for two years, got his start in the music world many years before Uptown Country was formed in 1984. He first took the stage in 1971 as a 12-year-old drummer in his father’s band, “Ray Sleek and the Sleek Brothers.” The group performed locally and on the national stage as the opening act for some of the Grand Ole Opry’s biggest stars, including the Oak Ridge Boys, Porter Wagoner and Bill Anderson.

“My dad was a fiddler, and I consider him the hub of the Sleek Brothers Band,” Sleek said of Ray, who died last June. “I always give credit to the Sleek Brothers Band. I think that’s why Uptown Country lasted so long. We have our roots in my dad’s band.”

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