JAM FOR MONEY: Zennjo Searle, Harrison Bohl, Tommy Chester and Tom Braithwaite with fellow student Maggie Ryan, the inspiration behind the charity Maggie’s Dreamcatcher, which supports a hospital in northern India.
JAM FOR MONEY: Zennjo Searle, Harrison Bohl, Tommy Chester and Tom Braithwaite with fellow student Maggie Ryan, the inspiration behind the charity Maggie’s Dreamcatcher, which supports a hospital in northern India. Iain Curry

Young rockers take notice after landing their first gig

WHAT started as a muck-around garage "music sesh" has landed four young musicians their first big gig.

The Stripes formed less than a year ago, when Matthew Flinders Anglican College students Zennjo Searle, Harrison Bohl, Tommy Chester and Tom Braithwaite joined forces.

The boys started jamming out of their parents' garages last year before writing their first song, My Rockband.

When they performed at Year 6 graduation last year, the rock stars were spotted by Cheryl Ryan, who needed a support act for an upcoming concert.

"They were very talented musicians... we just thought 'wow'," Cheryl said. "The band was beside themselves that someone had even taken an interest in them."

Zennjo, 13, Harrison, 12, Tom, 12, and Tommy, 12, will support Sunshine Coast band M7 at the charity concert Rock 'n' Relief at Woombye next Saturday.

Greg Searle, Zennjo's father, said the boy's regular get together had become a little bit more serious.

"They've put their heads together and learned more songs," he said.

Rock 'n' Relief will raise money for Coast charity Maggie's Dreamcatcher.

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