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Christian bands play at anti-drug and alcohol event

by Merrie Leininger

A drug and alcohol awareness program will bring alternative Christian bands Day7 and S.W.A.T to Douglas High School Saturday, April 22 at 7 p.m.

A martial arts demonstration by Dan Horrigan is also planned. The price of admission is $3. Tickets are available at the Manger Bookstore on Fairview Avenue in Carson City or by calling the Exciting First Baptist Church Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at 782-5513.

The opening act is a local band, S.W.A.T, made up of high school students from Topaz Ranch Estates. S.W.A.T, an alternative Christian rock band, played at the CVIC Hall last month.

Next, Horrigan, of Reno will perform feats of strength. He is a world champion kick boxer and Thai fighter in the heavyweight class and he’ll be attempting to break three world records.

Horrigan breaks baseball bats with his shinbone, and coconuts and concrete blocks with his hand. Horrigan, who spent time in prison for drug-related crimes, talks about using power from God to break addiction.

The main feature is members of Day7, a regional alternative Christian rock band. Tim Hartman, lead singer and founder of the band, is worship pastor at Exciting First Baptist Church in Minden and said the band is filled with world-class musicians and they have a large following in this area.

“The first time Day7 appeared in this area was at the Ormsby House in November 1997 and the concert sold out and they turned away about 150 people, so they’ll want to come early this time,” Hartman said. “If it sells out this time, we will do some quick adjustments and do a second show.”

Hartman said Day7 tries to send a message of hope and faith to young people.

“We utilize high impact music and there is a great light show. The events are very memorable,” Hartman said.

Stagecraft, USA is sponsoring the event, along with Star Sound Audio in Reno, the Exciting First Baptist Church and anonymous donors.

n Exciting First Baptist Church will also be producing an Easter play the next morning at DHS.

“My Deliverer,” featuring a cast of over 20 people, will be performed at 10:30 a.m. and there is no cost to attend.