Our Story

Funktion Junction is the brain child of Gary Hodges & Yolanda Roth. They met while working on individual CDs. At Gary's behest they decided to combine their musical visions and start the band that eventually became the funky band of brethren you see below. Please meet the stars of the show:   

Gary Hodges

Gary Hodges hails from Peoria,  IL,  but was raised in the Twin Cities. Gary attended the University of Minnesota as a Vocal Performance Major. 

He sang briefly with Gilbert and Sullivan Light Opera Company and did chorus work with the Minnesota Opera before completing "Black Olive", his first solo project on a local record label. Gary has been singing and collaborating with local artists like Debbie Duncan, Robert "Eddie" Robertson, Lori Dokken, and Sanford Moore for over 18 years.

Gary Hodges

Gary Hodges hails from Peoria, IL, but was raised in the Twin Cities. Gary attended the University of Minnesota as a Vocal Performance Major.

He sang briefly with Gilbert and Sullivan Light Opera Company and did chorus work with the Minnesota Opera before completing "Black Olive", his first solo project on a local record label. Gary has been singing and collaborating with local artists like Debbie Duncan, Robert "Eddie" Robertson, Lori Dokken, and Sanford Moore for over 18 years.

"Big Mike" Mothershed

Born in Kansas City, he started out as a child prodigy gospel singer He then spent 13 years in the U.S military while working part-time as a studio background singer. His talents allowed him to be pursued to perform voiceovers for the r&b division at Capitol Records, Inc in L.A. He performed background vocal tracks and voice-overs for national r&b acts, Epic Recording legends, Luther Vandross and Jeffery Osborne.

He has competed and won countless vocal contests nationally and is renowned for being able to recreate the Motown, Stax and Philly Sound of balladeers, past and present. His tenor and baritone command of vocals along with his confidence is entertaining and allows him to engage any audience who loves r&b/funk or just good dance music.

"Big Mike" Mothershed

Born in Kansas City, he started out as a child prodigy gospel singer He then spent 13 years in the U.S military while working part-time as a studio background singer. His talents allowed him to be pursued to perform voiceovers for the r&b division at Capitol Records, Inc in L.A. He performed background vocal tracks and voice-overs for national r&b acts, Epic Recording legends, Luther Vandross and Jeffery Osborne.

He has competed and won countless vocal contests nationally and is renowned for being able to recreate the Motown, Stax and Philly Sound of balladeers, past and present. His tenor and baritone command of vocals along with his confidence is entertaining and allows him to engage any audience who loves r&b/funk or just good dance music.

Loren Hamilton
Loren is a native Minnesota hailing for Duluth. He is so gifted that all he needs is the key of any song. He is a band leader in his own right and solo just as well as playing a support role. You will be hard press to find any bass player with the funk & roll skills of Mr. Loren Hamilton.

Loren Hamilton Loren is a native Minnesota hailing for Duluth. He is so gifted that all he needs is the key of any song. He is a band leader in his own right and solo just as well as playing a support role. You will be hard press to find any bass player with the funk & roll skills of Mr. Loren Hamilton.

Ralph Hale

Originally from Massachusetts, Ralph is a relative newcomer to the Twin Cities. He has broad experience playing the Jazz, R&B and Pop club circuits in Boston, and Los Angeles. 

He has performed with jazz greats Phil Woods and Jimmy Mosher, Latin jazz stars Francisco Loyo and Lallo Carillo, and studied extensively with the funk-meister, David Garibaldi of Tower of Power. Sound, groove and musicality are some key elements that Ralph brings to his playing.

Ralph Hale

Originally from Massachusetts, Ralph is a relative newcomer to the Twin Cities. He has broad experience playing the Jazz, R&B and Pop club circuits in Boston, and Los Angeles.

He has performed with jazz greats Phil Woods and Jimmy Mosher, Latin jazz stars Francisco Loyo and Lallo Carillo, and studied extensively with the funk-meister, David Garibaldi of Tower of Power. Sound, groove and musicality are some key elements that Ralph brings to his playing.

Tim Rummelhoff

*1973-77 Alto & tenor sax in the Minneapolis R&B combo, "The  Explodo  Boys" 
*1978-83 Alto & tenor sax with "Barry Goldberg & The Highway 52 Band"
*1979-83 Alto & tenor sax with auxiliary horn section of "The Wallets"
*1980-85 Co-founder and tenor sax/vocalist of "The Sweaters"
* 2010 - Tenor sax with "Midnight Mo." & Semi-regular with "The Rich Lewis Band,"
"Old Soul," and "Barry Goldberg & Friends"
*2012 Tenor sax with "Mystic Funk"

In addition to his musical talents, Tim is an excellent professional photographer!

Tim Rummelhoff

1973-77 Alto & tenor sax in the Minneapolis R&B combo, "The Explodo Boys" 1978-83 Alto & tenor sax with "Barry Goldberg & The Highway 52 Band" 1979-83 Alto & tenor sax with auxiliary horn section of "The Wallets" 1980-85 Co-founder and tenor sax/vocalist of "The Sweaters" * 2010 - Tenor sax with "Midnight Mo." & Semi-regular with "The Rich Lewis Band," "Old Soul," and "Barry Goldberg & Friends" *2012 Tenor sax with "Mystic Funk"

In addition to his musical talents, Tim is an excellent professional photographer!

Viola Jordan-Kill - Lead Female Vocalist
She hails from Joliet, IL. A lsinger song writer - she excels in every genre. He energy, sex appeal, command of the audience and awesome voice is 2nd to none. She has international experience and therefore a veteran and a true professional. She is instantly loved by all the see and hear her perform!!!

Viola Jordan-Kill - Lead Female Vocalist She hails from Joliet, IL. A lsinger song writer - she excels in every genre. He energy, sex appeal, command of the audience and awesome voice is 2nd to none. She has international experience and therefore a veteran and a true professional. She is instantly loved by all the see and hear her perform!!!