Rock Frogs a tad green
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.