Zachary Neikens, a sophomore bass trombonist at William Floyd High School, recently earned an “Honorable Mention” in the International Trombone Association’s 2017 George Roberts Bass Trombone Competition, essentially placing him among the top six in the world among high school and college trombonists behind only student-musicians from The Juilliard School, the University of Alabama, Oklahoma State University, Kennesaw State University and Leman Manhattan Preparatory School.
Zachary, 15, who started playing the tenor trombone at age 7 and switched to the bass trombone at 13, is also a multiple NYSBDA (New York State Band Directors Association) All-State Honor Band selection. In school, he is a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, the trombone quartet, the brass quintet, the wind symphony and symphonic orchestra. Outside of school he is a member of the North Shore Community Band, the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra and the Juilliard Pre-College Symphony Orchestra, as well as “New York’s Most Dangerous Big Band,” a local ensemble that performs a wide-ranging selection of music.
Additionally, Zachary has had the honor of performing at such notable places as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, the Staller Center for the Arts and the Madison Theatre at Molloy College.
Congratulations to Zachary, his family and all of his teachers who have helped him along the way including Dawn Conefry from William Floyd Middle School and Michael Cordaro, William Cento and Mick Singh from William Floyd High School.
Zachary’s accomplishments were featured in the Sunday, March 5, 2017 edition of Newsday! You can view the article here!