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No air guitarists here. The prodigies who rock Jack's world are real musicians with no professional acting experience. A look at the standouts. -- Missy Schwartz

Kevin Clark 14, drummer REAL-LIFE SOR ''I've been playing since I was 3. I had a nickname: Bam Bam.'' HOW HE GOT THE PART ''I saw an ad [that] said, 'Looking for 9-to 11-year-old drummers.' I was 13, so I didn't want to go, but then my mom convinced me.'' FAVORITE SOR MOMENT ''Rockin' out in front of all those fans.''

Joey Gaydos Jr. 12, guitarist REAL-LIFE SOR ''I've been listening to Hendrix and Zeppelin since I was 3.'' HOW HE GOT THE PART ''Paramount saw a tape of me playing at this music camp.'' FAVORITE SOR MOMENT ''When we play AC/DC's 'It's a Long Way to the Top.' None of that 'melt your face off' stuff was planned.''

Maryam Hassan 10, backup singer REAL-LIFE SOR ''I've wanted to be a singer since I was little. I like Aaliyah and Aretha.'' HOW SHE GOT THE PART ''One of my brother's friends found out about the auditions. I said, 'Okay, just see what happens.''' FAVORITE SOR MOMENT ''When Jack sings and kicks down tables and stuff.''

Robert Tsai 13, keyboardist REAL-LIFE SOR ''I always listened to classical music.'' HOW HE GOT THE PART ''A person from [the NPR program he'd performed on] phoned me. I didn't want to go. [My parents] thought it would be a good experience for me.'' FAVORITE SOR MOMENT ''Battle of the Bands. It was very exciting.''

Originally posted Oct 17, 2003 Published in issue #733 Oct 17, 2003 Order article reprints