Flagstaff was formed in January, 2012, by guitarist/vocalist Samuel Balentine, bassist Joe Small, and drummer Joey Fowler. With an emphasis on creativity, they immediately began writing their own tunes and performing them for people at Franklin Pierce University. Balentine was deeply influenced by 60’s blues-rock as well as reggae and funk, and looked to make an experimental fusion of these styles and the harder, more contemporary rock that influenced Fowler and Small. The result is spirited, melodic grooves that also have the clear and intense drum patterns of the 2000s. With the addition of lead guitarist Aaron Cram in September, 2012, Flagstaff has become known on the Franklin Pierce campus for funky rhythms and extended jams that keep people moving to the beat. When Cram first played with Small and Balentine in a casual jam session, it was clear that his guitar playing ability was the missing piece of Flagstaff’s sound. Having Cram in the band allowed for a new level of complexity in the musical blend Flagstaff creates. The intention of this combination of styles is an attempt to create a new generation of rock and roll and to use new techniques without discarding the classic qualities of “old” music. Working to improve upon what has already been completed; Flagstaff will continue to produce music as they try to become the cure for the common rock.