Chaz Cabrera (Music Director) was born and raised in Southern California. Cabrera’s professional career started by the age of 18 when he formed a group named Jazz Avenue with five of his close friends. They competed in the national competition Schooljam USA 2012, where they won the prestigious title of Best Teen Band and were given the opportunity to play for the Musikmesse convention in Frankfurt, Germany. Cabrera arranges for the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus and composes original music for big bands, wind ensembles, and symphonies. Cabrera directs his own big band known as the JazzKatz Orchestra and performs with San Diego’s premier groups, such as Gaslamp Quarter Jazz Orchestra, The Reo Collective, and more. Cabrera plays multiples instruments such as the piano, woodwinds, and percussion. He currently attends San Diego State University and is pursuing a Music Education degree.