While most children his age were playing with GI Joes or Barbie dolls, Zachary Worthy was practicing to become a jazz pianist.
Now 20, the Hagerstown resident said he started playing the piano when he was 7 years old, modeling himself after jazz greats Bill Evans and Oscar Peterson.
"I prefer jazz," Worthy said. "You can kind of make up your own melodies, rhythms and motives ... A lot of classical musicians aren't used to that. With classical, you have to rely on what's on the page."
Worthy said he was turned on to jazz by his parents, LeRoy and Cheryl, who also instilled in him the importance of pursuing an education.