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Faith bonds band with law enforcement ties

Friday, June 20, 2008

Members of P150 (from left) Donnie Archer, Marcus Archer, Rick Swearingen, Eric Vanatti, (back) Dave Archer, Karen Boes and Mary Jo Archer will perform during the Brazil City Police Reserves Pancake Breakfast June 28 at the Forest Park Pavilion. Courtesy Photo.
A local band is sharing their love of community service, music and God's word.

The members, who are all connected to law enforcement in some way, derive their name from "Psalm 150: Praise the Lord, praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens."

"P150 is the name of our band," Piano player and Brazil City Police Reserve Patrolman Eric Vanatti recently told The Brazil Times. "We try to 'praise the Lord' as much as possible by playing contemporary Christian music, but we also play a variety of other music, from classic country to rock-n-roll oldies, as well."

Vanatti, ordained minister Donnie Archer (lead guitar) and his son Marcus (bass), Clay County Coroner Rick Swearingen (drums), BCP Captain Dave Archer (rhythm guitar/lead singer) and his wife Mary Jo and Karen Boes (singers) are the members of the band.

A few years ago, a love of music created a friendship between Dave and Mary Jo Archer and Boes when they met at church. Mary Jo is a lay speaker, Boes has performed opening shows for several well-known secular artists, while Dave, and his brother Donnie, has achieved musical success playing on the road with well-known country artists.

About two-three years ago the trio created a musical ministry they could take to area campgrounds, but, as it grew, they realized the need for more musical selections.

To do that, they needed more musicians.

"When we needed them God brought musicians to us," Boes said.

Donnie and his son Marcus joined the group, with Swearingen and Vanatti joining shortly after on the same day.

"We are all servants," Boes, whose husband is Clay County Sheriff's Department Reserve Officer and Sex Offender Registry Administrator Benny Boes, said. "Each of us, either in law enforcement or personally, was serving our community and God in our own ways. But, when we were brought together, we became servants of God."

Boes told The Times the bond has created a life-long friendship among the band members and a unique "God-given sound" in their music.

"We have an incredible ministry. All the credit for the creation of this band goes to God," Boes said. "We were all doing our own things in life. All of us were accomplished musicians in some way, then God tapped us all on the shoulder at the same time, bringing us together to use those skills in God's name."

The opportunity to provide a positive message to those who, for what ever reason, have found themselves without hope or have been weighted down by life's problems is a special part of P150.

"When we decided to put the group together, it was because we were just a bunch of cops and cops' families that just enjoyed hanging out together after work and on our days off," Dave Archer said, but then added that it became much more. "Most of us work together almost on a daily basis in the law enforcement field and found that individually our faith had helped carry each of us through trials within our own lives."

Dave said the band members would share positive stories about family life and how using the talents God had given them helped lift their spirits when life and their jobs got them down.

"We decided to share that positive message to others in need around us," Dave said. "We think of it this way, we're sworn to try and keep the peace in our community as law enforcement officers, and as God's servants to tell others of God's peace as his children."

With so many of the band members associated with law enforcement, it's only natural they are volunteering to serve breakfast during the Brazil City Police Reserves first annual pancake breakfast Saturday, June 28. The event begins at 8 a.m., and the band will take the stage at the Forest Park Pavilion, at 10 a.m., to entertain the crowd.

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I have heard P150 band play a couple of times, they play the first Sunday of each month at the Methodist Church on Pinckley. And I highly recommend that everyone who likes Christian music to attend. They are filled with the spirit and I wish they played played more often.

-- Posted by dsb on Sat, Jun 21, 2008, at 5:32 PM

P150 has performed at my church and they are wonderful to listen to. I love - love - love their version of Amazing Grace, you feel the presence of God when they are singing. I recomend to all to attend the breakfast and support our police and listen to these great musicians!

-- Posted by IMHO on Sun, Jun 22, 2008, at 10:15 PM

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