Rock Frogs preparing to hit Perth Arena stage in One Big Voice

Rock Frogs: Marmion brothers Luca (12) and Dion Calcei (9) with North Beach resident Luka Babich (9) and Duncraig's Kaden Griffin (9). Picture: Martin Kennealey d485606
Rock Frogs: Marmion brothers Luca (12) and Dion Calcei (9) with North Beach resident Luka Babich (9) and Duncraig's Kaden Griffin (9). Picture: Martin Kennealey d485606

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.

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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.

“I was in Year 2 and this idea just popped into my head that I wanted to start a band,” lead vocalist Luca, of North Beach, said.

Lead guitarist Kaden, of Duncraig, is a big fan of 1980s rock and started playing the instrument about two years ago.

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 that practices in family garages.

“They jam once a week for about an hour,” Mr Hodgetts said.

The trio’s first public performance was an open mic night at the Craigie Tavern, with about 200 family and friends watching.

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

“The four of them played their first gig together at a school P&F rock bingo night and the feedback from those who attended was amazing,” Kaden’s mother Fiona Miller said.

“The adults couldn’t believe kids could play so well.”

The band has a set of about six songs, and has written their first original track, called ‘I Want to Play My Music’.

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.