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Barcode 307-a band making music that transcends generations of music lovers

Published: Nov. 3, 2020 at 10:15 AM CST
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -

The band Barcode 307 first made its debut in Riverton five years ago, and for this Fremont County band, playing music that transcends generations has become the norm, but playing at this location every Halloween to a costumed crowd, has started to become a tradition.

Founder of the band Ray Apodaca stated, “We’ve played here at the Elks for every Halloween I think for the last five years. It’s been really fun, they really like us here, and we always get a good turnout, especially on Halloween. We get a lot of neat costumes come in.”

Ray and Barcode 307 played at the Elks again this year. He said he’s wanted to have a band since he was in high school, and that music runs in the family. Five years ago, he started trying to make his dream of starting up a band a reality.

“My older brother had the first rock band here in Riverton, and my mother and father also were musicians and had bands. My daughter is a really good singer and good guitar player, I wanted to get her out in the limelight.” Ray’s daughter is Jena Spriggs, and has won titles since she was a girl, singing varieties of songs from Patsy Kline to Lady Gaga. Apodaca said his niche is rhythm and vocals, and he joked that the real reason he’s part of the band is, “I own most of the equipment so they let me play with the band.”

As he was assembling the band, he ended up finding people that had been playing since they were children. The lead guitarist, Rod Lincoln, played at the Beacon in Casper when he was a child. The drummer Tom Bergin has been playing drums since he was a little tyke of six or seven. The keyboardist, Matt Fuller grew up on Copper Mtn. in a cabin, with a piano playing since he was young.

“We all bring a little different style to the band. I kind of do some of the oldies stuff, and Rod, he can just do anything. We do everything from Jerry Lee to Elvis to Creedance, to Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Lady Gaga, Kiss. It’s a variety and that’s what people like.”

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