Zac was born in Durango, CO after which he moved around the country. A large portion of his younger years were spent in New York City giving him opportunities and exposure to music unlike anywhere else. Before starting and out side of his enrollment in various music schools, Zac has studied with: Jack Casady, Jorma Kaukonen, Fareed Haque, Bobby Vega, Marc Ribot, Chris Wood, John Patitucci, Larry Grenadiar, John Medeski, Billy Martin, Victor Wooten, and many others. From 2006-2008 Zac attended Idyllwild Arts Academy. While in California he had the privilege to study with: Marshall Hawkins, Stanley Clarke, John Clayton, and Paul Carman.In 2008-2010 Zac enrolled in University of North Carolina Wilmington studying with Stevie Bailey and Joe Chambers.
From 2010-2013 Zac studied at NYU affording him the opportunity to study with: Drew Gress, Wayne Krantz, Joe Lavano, Stefon Harris, Kenny Werner, Chris Potter, Jean-Michel Pilc, Mike Richmond, Martin Wind, Ralph Alessi, Rich Shemaria, Dave Pietro, Brad Shepik, Billy Drewes, Tony Moreno, and Andy Milne.