Many start-up bands dream of achieving worldwide fame one day.
That the band Flame achieved the dream is remarkable in and of itself. But the band is extraordinary in another respect: Each musician has a physical or mental disability.
Indeed, Flame is the only touring band in the world to be wholly composed of disabled members.
The upstate New York band’s members live with conditions that include Down syndrome, cognitive delays, autism, cerebral palsy and blindness.
Band member David LaGrange is blind and mentally disabled. He grew up in an institution and had a passion for rock ‘n’ roll.
“The Iron Butterfly, Led Zeppelin, sometimes I listen to AC/DC,” LaGrange, Flame’s drummer, said.