Trial Kennedy were an alternative rock band from Melbourne, Victoria that formed in 2002. The band's name came from a music teacher, Mark Kennedy. When the band met in high school, they were all seeing Kennedy as their guitar tutor."We all 'trialled' off him", noted guitarist Stacey Gray. He also notes- "I don't think we ever really took it (the band) seriously, until we decided to change our name to `Trial Kennedy'. After that, things started to happen."