Brandon “Taz” Niederauer is increasingly a well-known name in the music world. The young guitar prodigy has earned fans far and wide since he was in the single-digit years, gaining an enviable sit-in history with names such as Col. Bruce HamptonGregg Allman, Butch Trucks, and more. As the longest-running cast member for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock: The Musical, for over two years, Taz treated audiences to his energized and advanced guitar stylings as the character “Zach.” Though Taz’s tenure with the musical came to a close this weekend, as the young guitarist looks to the future to pursue his own musical career (and freshman year of high school), he will always be remembered for the special moments he helped create during his time with the production.

Kraz And Taz: A Look At Eric Krasno and Brandon Niederauer’s Greatest Collaborations

One special moment last year was during a rehearsal for the Broadway production when none other than guitar icon Slash surprised the pre-teen cast. The young cast had already begun playing “Sweet Child O’ Mine” when the Guns N’ Roses guitarist arrived, hopping onstage with his signature sunburst Les Paul to play along. Taz looks noticeably excited to be playing along with the legend and can be seen watching Slash’s hands to see how he fingers the familiar solos. Slash then stuck around to run through “Paradise City” and met the excited cast. As Slash told Rolling Stone, “It was really cool to meet such an enthusiastic and talented bunch of young rock ‘n’ rollers. They were great kids as well as players.”

Watch how it all went down below. You can also catch Taz Niederauer when he performs with the legendary Eric Krasno and his band this Friday, August 4th, at New York City’s The Cutting Room for a special Phish Baker’s Dozen late night. Check out more information about the show below!

[via Rolling Stone]

Who: KRAZ & TAZ – The Eric Krasno Band w/ The Brandon Niederauer “TAZ” Band
Where: The Cutting Room
When: Friday, August 4th, 2017
Doors: 11:30pm doors, show at 12:00am (technically early morning 8/5)
Tickets: $20 advance / $25 day of show
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