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SUNY SCCC School of Music Student to Engineer Album for Flame, Renowned Band Comprised of Musicians with Disabilities

SUNY SCCC School of Music Student to Engineer Album for Flame, Renowned Band Comprised of Musicians with Disabilities

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — A SUNY Schenectady County Community College (SUNY SCCC) Music Audio Technology major is set to direct production for a Gloversville-based band’s upcoming album. Through an internship with Flame which began in February, Hailey Lozier has been participating in rehearsals with the band and fine-tuning the arrangements before heading into the studio to help them record their second Christmas album. Recording is set to take place this Friday, April 21, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the School of Music’s Vianna-Brignola Recording Studio.

Flame is a 10-piece band comprised entirely of talented musicians who also happen to 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 tour 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 has been working one-on-one with band members, giving vocal instruction, conducting rehearsals for the album, and developing harmonies and background vocal arrangements. Lozier will serve as lead engineer during the recording process, managing the technical aspects of recording and post-production sound mastering. Lozier says working with Flame has been a fulfilling project, both creatively and personally.

“I am so grateful to have had this experience and work with these amazingly talented individuals,” said Lozier. “Every member of the band brings something different to the table and everyone is always happy to take suggestions given by other staff. I really love working with people who are talented and are happy to have others help them along the way. Flame’s message inspires me every day and makes me want to work with them for a long time.”

“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. Flame is extremely grateful to Hailey and SUNY SCCC for the incredible opportunity to record their latest album in the College’s state-of-the-art recording studio and for the opportunity to work with Hailey.”

“The SUNY SCCC School of Music is proud to be associated with Flame and to be of help in the recording of their new CD,” said Dr. William Meckley, Dean of the SUNY SCCC School of Music. “We look forward to the experience of having our students and faculty work with this great organization.”

SUNY SCCC is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music and is a member of the New York State Association of College Music Programs.

About SUNY Schenectady County Community College:
One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, which is the nation’s largest comprehensive system of higher education, SUNY Schenectady County Community College (SUNY SCCC) enrolls more than 6,200 students annually. Located in upstate New York, SUNY SCCC offers more than 55 degree, certificate and program options. The College opened its doors for classes in 1969 and continues to respond to local educational needs by providing affordable, comprehensive higher education and adult education opportunities. To learn more, visit sunysccc.edu.

About SUNY SCCC School of Music: 
As an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music, SUNY SCCC School of Music is also a member of the New York State Association of College Music Programs. The School of Music offers an exciting array of courses designed for students who are serious about music—from vocals to instruments, to arranging and mixing. School facilities include teaching studios, an industry-standard live recording studio and two specialized music classrooms, as well as practice rooms, recital space, teaching studios, faculty offices and a student lounge. To learn more, visit sunysccc.edu/School-of-Music.

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