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July 1, 2013

Danvers' singing selectman fronts rock band


One of those people who likes to sing there is School Committee Chairman Eric Crane, who said Trask has a good voice, can a do a variety of styles and leans toward the blues.

“Gardner and I both sing anything from your crooner-type song to rock ’n’ roll, but Gardner has taken it to the next level,” by joining a rock band. Of coming to music later in life, Crane said: “Every once in a while, you have to take a shot.”

About a year ago, Trask took out an online ad seeking a band that was looking for a blues rock singer. The ad caught the eye of The Shotz Band, a fixture in the Chelmsford and Billerica area, which contacted him last August. Their lead singer for six years, Brad Purcell of Danvers, was taking time off, Sheppard said.

Trask auditioned at a house party last September and began to front the band in January.

Trask said he’s singing for the fun of it, and part of the fun is watching the reaction when people who know him in another role see him take the mike.

“It’s a lot of fun to surprise people,” he said.

Gardner Trask and Eric Crane will both perform Monday, Aug. 26, at a Karaoke Night at the Danvers Rotary Pavilion, as part of the Danvers Recreation Summer Concert Series. The Shotz Band is scheduled to perform as part of this series on Wednesday, Aug. 7. Maureen Benson’s Mo Benson Quartet will perform on Monday, Aug. 19.

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.


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