One of the first Greek bands in the New England area, the formation of the Carl Hatsis Orchestra was the dream-come-true of two friends. In the early 1950s Ernest Hatsis and Carl Tela teamed with Steve Tassias of Nashua on accordion, Danny Symopoulos of Lowell on Mandolin, Charles Pappas of Manchester on drums. Michael Skarlos was their manager, and shortly after their start, they added Soc Mitchell as the leading vocalist.
The group performed at dances throughout New England, as well as at New York City and upstate New York. They became very popular in the fifteen years during which they played, drawing large crowds of Greek and non-Greek fans.