'Rock it like a hurricane' as
big hearts help a cause
SHE'S MET THE
BAND: Brooke Barker, second from right, hangs
out with some of the band members.
By Brooke Barker
October 20, 2006 | Some may call it stalking; others
would say "groupie." I would choose the word
The night I first met Ryan Shupe and the Rubber Band,
it was totally unexpected -- and will probably stay
in my memory for a long time.
Let me give you a little background information.
I've seen the band perform four times in the last
year, I know all the songs by heart, we listen to them
on a weekly basis at my apartment and I almost drove
an hour last month, when I heard they were speaking
in my hometown, Farr West. Needless to say, I love them.
I'm also journalism student, and have been covering
ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition for the
Hard News Café. There have been several perks this week.
I was able to talk to the family on Sunday and see the
joy on their faces, I have also been able to get an
insider's perspective by talking with members of the
crew and talent, I've gained a respect for the "everyday
people" who are helping out on this community project
around the clock and I've gotten to see some amazing
Ryan Shupe and his band members -- Bart Olson, Colin
Botts, Craig Miner and Roger Archibald -- are some of
those amazing people who have devoted themselves, their
time, money and energy to the cause. These are people
I've come to call "angels without wings."
It was business as usual Wednesday night: meet the
band (which I thought was going to be Isaac Hayden),
do an interview, write a story and call it a night.
However, when I walked into the room, I was surprised
to meet several smiling, goofy and energetic guys --
not Isaac Hayden. What a shock!
I'd been told the chances of talking with them would
be slim to none, and not to expect it. Maybe I should
have at least prepared something in case. Next time
They broke away from their Ernie from Sesame Street
impressions, a palm pilot Risk game was put away, and
I knew these were just normal guys who like to play
musical instruments and sing on the outside, but I found
they have incredible hearts beneath their T-shirts and
"We just found out about this like five days
ago," said Shupe. "I guess they had to keep
it all on the down low, and figured we'd tell someone."
Every member of the band has seen the show, and loves
what it does for people. Luckily they were in Utah,
and jumped at the chance to come play for the benefit
concert, which raised more than $11,000.
"There's a special place in my heart for Logan,"
said Shupe. The band played to a packed Kent Concert
Hall last spring, and also at Cache Valley's Summerfest.
Archibald said they've also been to the Howl.
"We're part of something bigger here," said
Shupe. "We don't have to know everyone to be part
of it. We're just going to go out there and rock it
like a hurricane!"
The band members all said they just wholeheartedly
wish the best for the Pauni family, and after getting
the crowd of more than 2,500 cheering about corn dogs
and dreaming big, they took a chance to head down to
the construction site and see it.
I know this because my roommates and I ran into them
there as we were walking back to our cars.
This was already after they'd taken the time to get
a picture with us at the Spectrum, while signing autographs.
I found out that Shupe went to Weber High School in
North Ogden -- my high school's rival, which may be
a problem -- but I'll try to look past it if I ever
run into him again.
Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband really are just five
normal guys with big hearts, and they honestly made
everyone in my apartment's night. Of the six of us,
there were three very happy girls to have their picture
with the band -- including me, just a fan.