Each day, three of Shawnee’s police officers put on a uniform and serve the people of Shawnee. In their off time, they’re musicians, and their bands are among those performing Friday night as a fundraiser for the Shawnee Police Foundation.

A concert coined “Jam Fest” begins at 7 p.m. at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center.


Each day, three of Shawnee’s police officers put on a uniform and serve the people of Shawnee. In their off time, they’re musicians, and their bands are among those performing Friday night as a fundraiser for the Shawnee Police Foundation.
A concert coined “Jam Fest” begins at 7 p.m. at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center.
Several bands are playing — Chuck Allen Floyd offering acoustic country; Ms. Behavin, a country band; Zeabra, which is a 70’s cover group; as well as Shiloh Steel, a rock band.
Shawnee officers Allen Nichols and Dan Shumaker are members of Shiloh Steel, while Shumaker, along with Officer Jon Arnett, are members of Ms. Behavin.
Arnett, who said he’s been playing guitar about five years, started playing with fellow officers Nichols and Shumaker, and then joined Ms. Behavin as a rhythm guitar player about three months ago.
As an officer, Arnett spearheaded this effort to support the police foundation. He encourages everyone to come to the concert and support the foundation, as its efforts purchase bulletproof vests and other items to support officers as they serve and protect the citizens of Shawnee.
Plus the concert is expected to be a lot of fun for those in attendance.
“They’ll get to see a lot of local talent,” Arnett said, adding they’ll be surprised by the groups.
Melissa Hembree, who plays mandolin and guitar for Ms. Behavin, said Ms. Behavin formed about 10 years ago and they do a lot of country and southern rock. Hembree said the Shawnee Police Foundation is a good cause to support as well as the officers.
“I can’t think of a better cause to support than the people taking care of us,” she said.
Other Ms. Behavin band members are Bruce Metcalf on bass, Tina Jones as drummer, Shumaker on lead guitar, and Richard Tolbert as singer. On Friday night, the band will be labeled as Ms. Behavin and friends, as Hembree’s brother, Mike Hembree, a tribal police officer, and Kristy Ford, join in on rhythm guitar to support the cause.
Nichols, who said he’s been playing acoustic music with Shumaker for quite some time, said they formed Shiloh Steel late last year. They play locally and have even performed sets in Dallas.
Along with Nichols, who is singer and guitarist for the band, and Shumaker, who plays bass, Shiloh Steel includes Shawnee businessmen Scott Stobbe as drummer and Jeff Diamond as lead guitarist.
Nichols, who is self-taught on many instruments, started playing at a young age. He encourages everyone to check out the different kinds of bands performing Friday night.
“It’s a good ticket to hear four bands,” Nichols said, adding Shiloh Steel will perform both original and cover songs.
Shumaker who as an officer appreciates the police foundation for its many contributions to the department already, said they work to make officers safer with equipment and training. He said he appreciates the foundation and Chief Russell Frantz for supporting this fundraiser.
Shumaker called the collection of bands a “melting pot” of different genres and talents. He said he enjoys playing guitar, which takes a lot of concentration, much like when he’s on duty as an officer.
Shawnee Firefighter Patrick Winsett also will play some acoustic guitar between sets.
Tickets for Jam Fest are $10 in advance and can be purchased at the Shawnee Police Department, Shawnee Chamber of Commerce or at Music Unlimited in Shawnee. Tickets also can be purchased at the door for $15.
During the event, a raffle will be held for a Fender Acoustic Guitar as well as Hammerli .22-caliber semi-automatic rifle.

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Did you know?
The Shawnee Police Foundation funds equipment and training for the Shawnee Police Department, helping purchase items that aren’t always in the city’s budget. The foundation is working on purchasing bulletproof vests and helmets for all officers.