Lincroft, New Jersey – Zach Stroz, a junior at Christian Brothers Academy, has been selected for the 2012 American High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall.  He will be a part of the Honors Band as a trumpeter.  Participation in the Honors Band is limited to the highest rated high school performers from across North America and select international schools.

Zach auditioned this fall for the Honors Performance Series and was accepted after a review by the Selection Board committee.  Acceptance to the elite group is a direct result of the talent, dedication, and achievements demonstrated in his application and audition recording.  Zach will join other performers from the United States and Canada for a special performance at world-famous Carnegie Hall, a venue that marks the pinnacle of musical achievement.

Zach studies music with several instructors and mentors, including Bruce Williams, Joe Muccioli, Peter Laurance, Bruce Gallipani, Tom Bender and Karen Gold.  He plays with the CBA High School Jazz Band in Lincroft, NJ, which took first place in the jazz band ensemble category at the prestigious Heritage Music Festival, a national competition held in Philadelphia in April 2011.  Zach brought home one of the Maestro Awards given to the top soloist performers at the competition.  He is also a member of the Jazz Arts Academy and Rockit Live! programs, both out of the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, and plays with the Asbury Park Orchestra in the summer months and does various performances to benefit non-profit organizations throughout the year.  In addition, he leads his own jazz quartet, the CranGrapes, which plays local venues.

Finalists will come together for five days in February 2012 in New York City to have the opportunity to learn from Jeffrey Grogan, work with other Finalists, and get a taste of New York City.  The 2012 conductors are Dr. Jeffery Ames, Dr. Charles Peltz and Jeffrey Grogan. The Sunday, February 12 performance is available to the public and specially-invited representatives from collegiate music programs.

The Honors Performance Series was created to showcase accomplished individual high school performers by allowing them to study under master conductors and perform in the celebrated venue, Carnegie Hall. Students from 48 US States, Canada, Germany, Korea and Taiwan have participated in the Series. Learn more by visiting

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Allan Dean is editor, publisher, and founder of the Atlantic Highlands Herald. Published since 1999 and selected in 2000 by the Borough of Atlantic Highlands as one of their official newspapers, making...