A Wantagh teen is ready to display his music skills on an international stage this summer.

Jarrett Grempel, a senior at Professional Children's School in Manhattan, has been selected for the first National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, which consists of 120 musicians from 42 states.

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He said he was a late addition to the group and the only contrabassoonist selected. Violinist Kevin Yu, a senior at Herricks High School, is the orchestra's only other Long Islander.

"I'm absolutely thrilled," said Grempel, 17. Of his instrument, he said: "It's very unique. It has a woody old sound that can give character to an orchestra."

Grempel became interested in the contrabassoon as a child after hearing Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf" in the 1946 Disney animated film. To be selected for the orchestra, he sent a tape of himself playing songs such as Ravel's "Piano Concerto for the Left Hand" and Johannes Brahms' "Variations on a theme by Haydn."

The orchestra, sponsored by Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute, has a two-week training residency at SUNY Purchase before the tour, which includes stops in London and Moscow.

Grempel also is a graduate of The Juilliard School's Pre-College Division and a former member of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York.