Rock Frogs a tad green

Joondalup Times - - FRONT PAGE - Tyler Brown

ONE of Perth’s youngest garage bands has landed a gig in Perth Arena within months of form­ing.

The Rock Frogs may be young, but they’ll be rock­ing the crowd with AC/DC’s High Volt­age at One Big Voice on Fri­day.

Pad­bury Catholic School stu­dents Luka Babich (9) and Kaden Grif­fin (9) orig­i­nally formed a duo last year to per­form Guns N’ Roses’ hit Sweet Child O’ Mine for a church fundraiser.

The pair re­cruited Our Lady of Grace Pri­mary School stu­dent Dion Cal­cei (9) as their drum­mer fol­low­ing a soc­cer match.

Then men­tor Corey Hod­getts, of Yanchep, helped them form a band which re­hearses in garages.

Dion’s brother Luca (12), of Marmion, be­came the fourth band mem­ber and se­cond guitarist to sup­port Kaden’s gui­tar so­los.

Luca said they were feel­ing “ex­cited and ner­vous” about per­form­ing at Perth’s big­gest in­door con­cert venue.

The an­nual One Big Voice com­bined schools con­cert will in­volve about 6000 chil­dren in mati­nee and evening con­certs on Au­gust 17.

HAV­ING too many chil­dren want­ing to take part in One Big Voice is a prob­lem Donna Mar­wick-O’Brien is happy to have.

So this year, Aus­tralia’s largest chil­dren’s choir fes­ti­val will in­tro­duce a mati­nee per­for­mance for the Au­gust 17 con­cert.

“We didn’t want to turn any­one away. We were also aware that many schools wanted to join us but would be un­able to at­tend an evening show for var­i­ous rea­sons, so a mati­nee seemed like the way to go,” the mu­si­cal di­rec­tor said.

Ms Mar­wick-O’Brien said while the reper­toire for both con­certs was the same, they would fea­ture dif­fer­ent per­form­ers, with the mati­nee on a smaller scale.

One Big Voice started in 2001 as the West­coast Songfest in­volv­ing six north­ern sub­urbs schools and 450 stu­dents per­form­ing at HBF Arena in Joon­dalup.

This year the fes­ti­val will see 6000 stu­dents from 115 schools fill Perth Arena, with the in­clu­sion of the OBV Choir, cre­ated for stu­dents from years 5 to 8 who wanted to con­tinue tak­ing part in One Big Voice but had moved on to high school or a school that does not par­tic­i­pate.

“It is won­der­ful to have ex­panded, as we are able to re­alise our vi­sion of get­ting as many chil­dren as pos­si­ble singing pos­i­tive, up­lift­ing and life-af­firm­ing songs,” Ms Mar­wickO’Brien said.

One Big Voice: tick­ets are still avail­able for the 12.30pm mati­nee through Tick­etek.

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