SUCCESS-BOUND: Mild Ocean – Matt Hunt, Len E Johnson, Jayden Hebbard, Clint White and Jade Hunt – from Grafton TAFE will compete in the National Campus Band competition in Newcastle next week.
SUCCESS-BOUND: Mild Ocean – Matt Hunt, Len E Johnson, Jayden Hebbard, Clint White and Jade Hunt – from Grafton TAFE will compete in the National Campus Band competition in Newcastle next week. Adam Hourigan

Local band to nationals

HEAVILY influenced by the psychedelic sixties and grunge of the '90s, Grafton band Mild Ocean is on its way to compete in the National Campus Band competition in Newcastle next week.

Songwriter and frontman Jayden Hebbard, 17, is hoping his five-piece outfit will wow the judges to make it through to the state finals, to be held in Sydney's illustrious Hard Rock Cafe.

"It's a great opportunity for all of us; it's good exposure for an all-originals band," Jayden said.

"And it's going to be a lot of fun."

As the lead guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, Jayden, who has been playing in bands for more than two years, reckons Mild Ocean is a "bunch of great musicians" and the best band he's been a part of.



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