The young musicians flash fleeting grins at parents and friends as they nervously walk on stage, some of them for the very first time.

Above them, portraits of rock and blues legends Eric Clapton, BB King, Janis Joplin, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Jimi Hendrix seem to look on, as lovingly as the proud parents in the crowd.

A few last fidgets with strings and sticks and suddenly the drummer is counting them down to the first song. It’s showtime.

The band members settle into the rhythm and seem to find their groove, finally letting loose relaxed smiles and showing their excitement of performing on stage.

The students at Oviedo’s School of Rock have been working toward this very performance for the past three months. They met with their instructor once a week for 45-minute private lessons and they spent two-and-a-half hours a week practicing together as a performance band.

This season they performed the classic rock hits of KISS and Led Zeppelin, much to the delight of the dads in the audience who could be seen singing along on many of the tunes.

“It took me a while to get comfortable on stage,” said 15-year-old guitarist Athena Hagerman. “I really like the feedback I get from the crowd though.”

“When I perform, I feel really nervous, excited, happy and alive,” she said.

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