Chaz Cabrera

CabreraA 2011 graduate of the SDSCPA, Mr. Cabrera went on to receive a BM in Music Education from San Diego State University in 2020. He was born and raised in San Diego, California. Cabrera's professional career started at 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 (sponsored by the National Association of Music Merchants), where they won the prestigious title of Best Teen Band and were given the opportunity to perform 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 the Gaslamp Quarter Jazz Orchestra, Chameleons of the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld, San Diego Online Digital Big Band, and more!

Cabrera is excited and proud to be teaching at his Alma Mater, SCPA. Cabrera's interests are in composing and arranging music for the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld, and commercial groups in southern California, playing in pit orchestras for musicals, and listening to Disney music.

Cabrera hopes to inspire and spark the creativity of the next generation.


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