Originated in upstate New York, ten people with both developmental and physical disabilities came together to create a rock band that sends a message to the world to change the way people see those with disabilities. Since it’s creation in 2003 as a recreation program in Lexington, the band continues to grow in popularity.
The phenomenal band continues to serve not only as an inspiration to other people with disabilities, but also to the parents of children with disabilities. Parents often get quite emotional at concerts, seeing the band as a symbol that their children can discover their dreams without limitations. Members of the band continue with the common goal to change the world through music in spite of a range of disabilities, that include Autism, Down’s Syndrome, paralysis, and blindness.
The original thought was to have the band play locally in Fulton County, but demand for the band quickly went worldwide, playing over 70 paid performances a year including concerts in 15 states and Europe. From a set list of over 100 classic rock, country, and blues songs spanning over 50 years, Flame is able to make each concert a new experience. Whether it’s a civic event or a school function, the band remains in high demand.
Flame currently tours on a custom tour bus to accommodate the band members’ individual disabilities. Recently, they have been catapulted to even greater success with being featured in People magazine and ABC’s Good Morning America, garnering them requests to play larger state and national conventions, as well as performing for New York City’s Mayor Bloomberg. Their loyal following of people of all ages and backgrounds continues to grow and connect with the band. Flame has released 3 CD’s and is currently working on their 4th CD set to release very soon.