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Judge orders teen-rocker to listen to Barry Manilow

The members of the rock band Revolving Reverence have big plans.

They want platinum albums.

They want sold-out shows.

They want legions of fans.

On one recent night, the high school freshmen just wanted out of the room they were in.

Fort Lupton Police recently caught them and about a dozen or so others residents violating the town's noise ordinance.

So as a form of punishment the town had them sit in a room for an hour and listen to everything from Barry to Barney.

That's Barry Manilow and Barney the Purple Dinosaur.

"These people should have to listen to music they don't like," said Judge Paul Sacco.

Ten years ago, Judge Sacco noticed something that bothered him.

It wasn't just the fact that so many of the faces in his courtroom were so very familiar to him.

There were a lot of repeat offenders.

No, what really irked him was the idea that many of them were teenagers who simply came equipped with their parent's cash in hand to help them pay off the fines that he would inevitably impose.

"So they weren't getting a lot out of it," he said.

That's when he decided to do something a tad unorthodox.

Call it Fort Lupton's version of the Golden Rule.

Judge Sacco says it has really cut down on "repeats."

"Most kids don't want to hear somebody like Glen Close trying to sing opera," he said right before showing us a bit of a grin.

The town typically carries out the sentences of noise violators four times a year.

Revolving Reverence ended up there because not too long ago they played a gig.

That gig was at a band member's father's house, and their stadium was a backyard.

Still, it was a gig and they had no intention of letting their audience down.

"The cop station was two blocks away," explained band member Robert Mort. "People who were at the party loved it. I'm not sure the cops did."

"Too much music, too loud, too late," said fellow band member Harrison DeRuiter.

They each received a ticket for violating the town's noise ordinance.

Judge Sacco was the one who sentenced them to Barry Manilow.

"I actually don't think Manilow's too bad," he said.

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