ASBURY PARK, NJ – Clark teens Zach Sandler and Caroline Hoynowski , performing together as Cold Glass of Music, appeared Saturday evening at Backward Glances, invited artists at the Light of Day Music Weekend.
The Light of Day Music Weekend is a festival-format event that features professional and amateur musicians in various venues throughout the city. Founded by music industry professional Bob Benjamin, the charity event raises money for Parkinson ’s disease. It has grown from a single concert in Asbury Park in 1998 to an international event encompassing more than 70 shows in 13 countries.
Cold Glass of Music, with Sandler on guitar and Hoynowski on vocals, covers the work of New Jersey band Outside the Box. The collaboration grew from a mutual admiration of the now defunct band and a desire to keep the band’s music alive. Saturday’s set also included several Bruce Springsteen covers.
Sandler, a junior at Arthur L. Johnson High School, has already made an imprint on the local music scene. An avid saxophonist and guitarist, Sandler has sat in with Bobby Mahoney & the Seventh Son during performances at The Stone Pony and The Saint, both in Asbury Park. He’s met Bruce Springsteen and interns with Glenn Street Live: GA 3 with New York Horns.
“The one thing that I’ve learned, the one thing that’s helped me out,” said Sandler, “is establishing connections with people in the industry.”
Sandler made some of those connections while attending earlier Light of Day concerts. A connection with event founder Bob Benjamin ultimately led to this year’s invitation to perform during the festival. Sandler said it was an honor to be asked to perform during an event he had attended and enjoyed for so many years. His grandmother also suffers from Parkinson’s and so, Sandler said, the event was even more meaningful to him.
Hoynowski is an accomplished musician who plays flute, piccolo, piano and guitar. She has performed in several vocal competitions and said that Saturday’s performance was something different for her.
“It was nice not to be judged,” she said, “but just have people come to listen. It was so much fun; I want to do it again!”
A senior at ALJ, Hoynowski is now looking at colleges and plans to pursue a degree in Music Education. She credits her involvement with the ALJ marching band, and specifically the mentorship of band director Rachel Bollaro, as having a big impact on her music career.
The pair plans to collaborate as much as possible while time and location permit. Sandler is already looking forward to next year’s Light of Day concert series and is confident in a return engagement.