BLUE HILL- Flash In The Pans, a steel drum band out of Blue Hill, is so upbeat and full of excitement, that it’s nearly impossible to not want to get up and dance.
“Well, I would say that my favorite part is just seeing how the music captivates people. Once you get people playing the music, you get people playing it are having so much fun, and the music that they’re making is pretty irresistible to audiences. Even reserved Mainers can’t help but get up and dance around to it,” said Carl Chase, the Music Director of Flash In The Pans.
Not only does Carl Chase direct the band, but he also makes the drums. In fact, he was the one to bring steel drums to New England, and the energizing music has been contagious.
“As far as I’m concerned, I really had no intention of joining the band. I thought it would be fun to do it, I have been musical all my life in many different ways, and this sort of pulled a lot of those things together,” said Tom Leigh, a member of Flash In The Pans.
Dakota Sawyer is a member of the high school steel band troupe, Planet Pan. She has been playing for two years, and was recently invited to join Flash In The Pans. It’s no secret why…she can play everything from classical music to current pop hits.
The band performs throughout the summer. Their currently preparing for the 25th anniversary festival at the Blue Hill Consolidated School on May 2nd and 3rd. Twenty-one bands from around New England will be there to perform, and trust me, you don’t want to miss it!