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Meet FLAME

Get to know the members of this special band.

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Michelle King

Lead singer, guitar
Autistic

When were you diagnosed with autism? When I was 3 years old I was diagnosed with Autism

When did you begin singing and playing guitar? I started performing when I was a teenager

How did you become involved with Flame? I won the Lexington Center talent show and the Recreation Director asked me if I would be in a band.

What is your favorite song to perform? All For A Reason, I wrote that song

Who is your favorite musician/singer/band? The Eagles

What concert/venue has been your favorite so far? The Glove Theatre, Gloversville, NY

What do you do with your time outside of the band? Shop, spend time with my mom

What are your hopes and dreams for the band's future? Keep playing music

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David LaGrange

Drummer, Vocals
Blind, Intellectual Disability

Were you born blind? Yes.

When did you begin playing the drums? When I was 14 I started playing drums at the Batavia School for the blind

How did you become involved with Flame? The Recreation Department at Lexington Center

What is your favorite song to perform? Keep Your Hands to Yourself

Who is your favorite musician/singer/band? America

What concert/venue has been your favorite so far? Performing at the "Glove Theatre", Gloversville, NY

What do you do with your time outside of the band? Bowl, work in the workshop and socialize with my friends.

What are your hopes and dreams for the band's future? To perform in Japan

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Falon McBride

Percussion, Vocals

When did you first receive your disability diagnosis? I was born with Arthrogryposis; I was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyper Disorder and mentally challenged as a child.

When did you begin playing percussion and singing? I have been singing as I long as I can remember. My grandfather was a drummer and taught me percussion.

How did you become involved with Flame? My house staff had me audition in 2003

What is your favorite song to perform? Hit Me With Your Best Shot

Who is your favorite musician/singer/band? Pink

What concert/venue has been your favorite so far? I enjoy performing at schools, I love seeing the kids get into our music

What do you do with your time outside of the band? Volunteer at a Nursing Home, as I want to become a CNA. I listen to music and spend time with my family.

What are your hopes and dreams for the band's future? I want to keep performing and become rich.

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Scott Stuart

Percussion, Vocals
Blind, Cerebral Palsy

Were you born blind? No - shortly after birth the Doctors gave me too much oxygen damaging my eyes

When did you receive your CP diagnosis? When I was a couple months old

When did you begin playing percussion and singing? At 12 years old

What is your favorite song to perform? Neon Moon - Brooks & Dunn

Who is your favorite musician/singer/band? Brooks & Dunn

What concert/venue has been your favorite so far? Glove Theatre, Gloversville, NY

What do you do with your time outside of the band? Spend time with my girlfriend

What are your hopes and dreams for the band's future? Get a Record Deal

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Nick Robinson

Bass Guitar
Paralyzed

How did you become paralyzed? Medical Mystery

When did you begin playing guitar? 11 years old

How did you become involved with Flame? Through the Recreation Director

What is your favorite song to perform? Any Beatles Song

Who is your favorite musician/singer/band? Beatles

What concert/venue has been your favorite so far? Boise, Idaho where we performed on stage in front of 17,000 people at the International Special Olympics Winter Games. We were able to meet Kenny G, Darius Rucker, Johny Knoxville, Scott Hamilton, Bart Conner, Kristi Yamaguchi, and Nadia Comaneci

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Adrienne Phillips

Keyboards, Vocals
Blind

Were you born blind? I was born blind

When did you begin singing and playing keyboard? I started singing and playing when I was a little kid

How did you become involved with Flame? I heard about Flame from another member. When I auditioned I got the job.

What is your favorite song to perform? Mony Mony

Who is your favorite musician/singer/band? Beach Boys

What concert/venue has been your favorite so far? San Antonio, TX for the SAIL (San Antonio Independent Living Center)

What do you do with your time outside of the band? I work in the shelter workshop, bowl, watch TV, listen to music, and spend time with my family.

What are your hopes and dreams for the band's future? I hope someday we have our own limo, make more CDs and travel outside of the country

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Shawn Lehr

Bongos
Down's Syndrome

When did you receive your diagnosis of Down Syndrome? At Birth

When did you begin playing percussion? I started doing percussion in 2003 when I joined Flame

How did you become involved with Flame? The Recreation Director had me play a conga with Flame and I have been involved ever since

What is your favorite song to perform? My favorite song is "Blue Suede Shoes"

What concert/venue has been your favorite so far? All of them

What do you do with your time outside of the band? I work in a sheltered work shop and spend time with my parents

What are your hopes and dreams for the band's future? To keep performing

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Paul Zuckerwar

Percussion

When did you first receive your disability diagnosis? I was diagnosed with seizures and mental disability at birth

When did you begin playing percussion? When I joined Flame in 2003

What is your favorite song to perform? Steamroller by James Taylor

Who is your favorite musician/singer/band? Country music is my favorite

What concert/venue has been your favorite so far? Athens, Greece

What do you do with your time outside of the band? I work in a sheltered workshop and socialize with my friends

What are your hopes and dreams for the band's future? Keep Rock-n-Rollin

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Debbie Woodruff

Dancer

When did you first receive your disability diagnosis? When I was born I was diagnosed with Down syndrome

When did you begin dancing? When I was 3 yrs old I took dance lessons

How did you become involved with Flame? Through the Recreation Department at our Center

What is your favorite song to perform? All of them

Who is your favorite musician/singer/band? I don't have one

What concert/venue has been your favorite so far? Athens, Greece and Boise, Idaho

What do you do with your time outside of the band? Bowling, Art classes, work in the sheltered workshop, and chorus

What are your hopes and dreams for the band's future? To keep performing and travel all over the world

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Karl Blanchard

Dancer

When did you first receive your disability diagnosis? I suffered from an illness at 6 months old causing seizures. I was diagnosed with a mental disability at the age of 2.

How did you become involved with Flame? The Recreation Director asked me to dance with Flame in 2003

What is your favorite song to perform? Any of the songs

Who is your favorite musician/singer/band? Johnny Cash

What concert/venue has been your favorite so far? All of them

What do you do with your time outside of the band? Workshop, Eagle Scout, Sunday School Teacher's aide, and bowling

What are your hopes and dreams for the band's future? Play in Florida

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