Speaking to his fans

Zac Romo (right) speaks to fans at a fundraiser dedicated to his band at Sweetwater Grill in Royse City.

Following a torrent of support from fans in and outside Royse City, the Zac Romo Band showed up to Sweetwater Grill in Royse City for a fundraiser dedicated in their name.

Last week, the Royse City Herald-Banner reported that a Facebook fundraiser had raised more than $10,000 in a matter of a day in response to news that the band had their equipment stolen from their trailer.

Romo, who was on vacation, said he had not known about the fundraiser until he had landed in Mexico.

“Dude, it’s really hard to give a response to something like this,” Romo said at the Saturday fundraiser. “We know people enjoyed our music when we went out to shows. We had no idea that there was love like this.”

Romo said he always knew Hunt County was full of people with love and support. The fundraiser, however, attracted the attention of fans from as far as Tennessee.

“There is no words from all four of us. I have no idea how this happened, or what happened, but we are eternally grateful,” Romo said.

Romo said the donations will allow the band to continue their art and music. He and the other band members are now figuring out a way to give back to the community.

“We have to give back somehow, with what just happened to us,” Romo said. “Pay it forward, man. That’s how this stuff works.”

Romo, who grew up in Caddo Mills, said he has always tried to be a decent to others. Romo is also a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.

Michael Summers, a member from a different local band called “30 Miles East” had spoken to the Herald-Banner about how the Zac Romo Band had always gone out of their way to help other local talent and community efforts.

“(Romo) is one of the best dudes out there. It doesn’t surprise me that support has poured in like it has; he deserves it,” Summers said in a previous interview.

Kevin Arterberry, who plays drums for 30 Miles East, and Ben Jammin, the band’s lead guitarist, also spoke to the Royse City Herald-Banner at the Saturday fundraiser. They said they have always enjoyed a friendship with the Zac Romo Band.

“Usually bands battle against each other,” Arterberry said. “Not with us, we’re like a brotherhood, and we’re all from Hunt County.”

30 Miles East was one of the bands that performed at the Saturday fundraiser at Sweetwater Grill.

Chris Young, the owner of the restaurant, said as soon as he heard about what had happened to Romo and the rest of the band, he set up a fundraiser to support the band.

In addition to providing a venue for the fundraiser, Young’s restaurant held raffle drawings and a silent auction to help Romo and his band members.

Young said he wants his restaurant to foster a family-friendly atmosphere for locals. A fundraiser for a band in need, he said, fits well with that mission.

“Our goal is to help give back to the community,” Young said. “We want to be here for a long time, and we can only do that if we do the right thing and we put our best foot forward.”

Steve Doyle attended the fundraiser as a fan in support of the Zac Romo Band. He said he has been a fan of the band ever since their first performance at Sweetwater Grill.

“Look at how many people love them. They treat every one of us like family,” Doyle said.

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Hojun Choi is a native of Houston and a graduate of University of Texas at Austin, where he studied journalism and worked as a reporter at The Daily Texan. To reach him outside of business hours, email HChoiReporter@gmail.com.