For 18-year-old Matt Migliorino, it was a chance of a lifetime.

The Milford, N.J., resident, a student at the School of Rock in Easton, joined 17 other young East Coast musicians July 14 at the 25th annual Zappanale, a music festival held in Bad Doberan, Germany, in celebration of legendary rock star Frank Zappa.

"The festival was really great," says Matt, who plays guitar. "The crowd was a comfortable size, not to big or too small. It was very friendly and the stage was great."

Zappanale is an annual festival that celebrates Zappa's contribution to music and social change. This year's festival drew about 3,000.

Zappa was more than a rock guitarist; he also was an orchestral composer, innovative filmmaker and music producer. He produced 60 albums of music ranging from rock to orchestral.

Migliorino confesses he wasn't much of an expert on Zappa.

"My dad was a big fan so I had some background," Matt says. "I was never completely submerged in all of his music and culture."

The School of Rock is a music education company with schools in Easton and Allentown. It teaches guitar, bass, vocals, keyboards, drums and combines weekly private music lessons and group band rehearsals to prepare students to perform on stage. Students also get a chance to perform as a band.

Eric Svalgard, music director at the School of Rock in Wilmington, Del., emailed the East Coast schools, looking for students who could audition for the School of Rock's Z-Team, which would head to Germany.

"I looked for precision in playing and stage presence," Svalgard says.

Ray Theirren, co-owner of the Easton and Allentown schools, suggested Matt. "His is one of our real success stories. He took advantage of everything that the School of Rock has to offer. He has been a member of our house band, the Bank Street Band, since 2009 and been a great part of our program."

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