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SCCC music major helps band record album

SCCC music major helps band record album

Flame members don't let disabilities stifle creativity
SCCC music major helps band record album
Members of the music group Flame, of Fulton County, are shown recording a Christmas album Friday at SCCC.
Photographer: Jeffrey Haff

SCHENECTADY — Schenectady County Community College music audio technology major Hailey Lozier led the production Friday for a Gloversville-based band’s upcoming album. 

Through an internship with Flame, which began in February, Lozier has been participating in rehearsals with the band and fine-tuning the arrangements before they headed into the school’s Vianna-Brignola Recording Studio Friday to record their second Christmas album.

Flame is a 10-piece band composed entirely of musicians who have disabilities. Their repertoire includes more than 100 classic rock, pop, country and blues songs from the past several decades as well as some original tracks.

In the past 14 years, they have produced five albums and a single, and toured the northeastern United States in a custom bus performing more than 70 shows annually. Next month, Flame is headed to Italy to perform at the 19th International Festival of Different Abilities.

Over the past several weeks, Lozier, who resides in Fultonville, has been working one-on-one with band members, giving vocal instruction, conducting rehearsals for the album, and developing harmonies and background vocal arrangements. 

“I am so grateful to have had this experience and work with these amazingly talented individuals,” said Lozier. “Flame’s message inspires me every day.”
“Since Hailey has been an intern with Flame, she has brought new energy and ideas for the vocalists and the band overall,” said Maria Nestle, manager of Flame. “Considering the needs of the band members, Hailey has seamlessly connected with everyone.”

Learn more about the band and hear them perform at flametheband.com. Their music is available for purchase on the site.

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