GRAFTON band Mild Ocean is moving on to the next stage of the TAFE National Campus Band competition after winning the regional title in Newcastle last week.
The state final, at the Hard Rock Cafe in Darling Harbour, will be held on October 26.
Songwriter and frontman 17-year-old Jayden Hebbard is excited about the opportunity and says it will be good exposure for his five-piece outfit.
Influenced by the psychedelic 1960s and mixed with the grunge of the '90s, Jayden writes and performs demos of his original music in his bedroom before bringing them to the band to flesh out.
"This is the best band I've ever had, by far," Jayden said.
"They're a bunch of great musos who can play my songs."
Mild Ocean came together at Grafton TAFE where Jayden is studying a Certificate IV in music.
Jayden, who fronts the band as the singer and lead guitarist, is supported by Matt Hunt on rhythm guitar, Jade Hunt on bass guitar, Clint White on the drums, and Len E Johnson on keyboards.