School pals living rock and roll dream

They may only be small but these youngsters are already living the rock and roll dream.Inspired by American rock band Green Day, drummer Alex Newnham, aged 10, and lead guitarist William Brown, 11, have formed their own group.

They may only be small but these youngsters are already living the rock and roll dream.

Inspired by American rock band Green Day, drummer Alex Newnham, aged 10, and lead guitarist William Brown, 11, have formed their own group.

And since they got together six weeks ago they have been wowing the crowds at their school, Great Dunham Primary School.

"We started playing at Alex's house and we thought it would be cool to play in a band.

"We play Green Day's Wake Me Up When September Ends and What's Her Name," said William who has been playing the guitar for about 13 months.

"Green Day is my favourite band and I want to be a rock star just like them because they sound so cool, he added."

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Alex said: "I really like watching bands and hearing the drums. I got a drum kit for my birthday in November and I love playing.

"As well as playing Green Day I hope we'll soon start doing songs from some of our other favourite bands, like Franz Ferdinand and Nirvana."

The duo, who have yet to decide what their group's name will be, are hoping some of their classmates will also get involved with the band.

Headteacher Sally Bone said the school was extremely proud of the boys. She said they had been practicising hard at home and at school and sounded great.

At the other end of the musical spectrum, two of the school's pupils have been recognised for their achievements in classical music.

Reuben Ard, 11, and Kaspar Chakrabarti, eight, have been performing at the Norfolk County Music Festival where they received a whole host of awards.

Reuben and Kaspar won an outstanding award for their duet playing the cello and violin respectively.

Reuben also received eight highly commended certifi-cates and one promising performance award for everything from singing to piano, while Kaspar was awarded a highly commended certificate for playing the violin.

Sally Williams, the school's music coordinator, said she was thrilled with the pupils' enthusiasm and achieve-ments in such a wide range of music.