The Cabana Boys are a high-energy ensemble group under the direction of Greg Woll and features exciting sounds of jazz, pop, Latin and fusion music.
Each member has gone through an audition process in the beginning of the fall semester in order to become a Cabana Boy. The members of the group are then a Cabana Boy for a year.
“To be in the Cabana Boys, you need to be good at what you do and willing to learn,” said Woll.
This year the group has two returning members: Jordan Wainwright and Trevor Martin. They have eight new members: Jimmy Cormier, Andrew Martelle, Chad Stanner, Ruben Uribe, Isaias Baqueano, Steven Woods, Maria Morris and Byradon Manko.
The Cabana Boys practice at least twice a week. They try to practice even more than that when they are preparing for any upcoming shows.
“I am very excited about this year. I’m looking forward to performing with this
talented group,” said Wainwright.
The Cabana Boy’s main focus on musical style this year is derived from pop-commercial music as well as jazz, rock, and funk.
“The group specializes in rock and jazz but I am lucky enough to be with musicians who are capable of playing almost any style of music,” said Martelle.
The Cabana Boys are one of several school groups who are appear to be in popular demand around the Fullerton community and the surrounding Los Angeles areas.
“We stay connected to the campus,” said Woll. “We go on tours and we are always representing Fullerton College.”
This group performs every year in the Fullerton College Jazz Festival, which is held in March. They also perform at the National Association of Music Merchandisers Convention, which is held in Anaheim every year.
The boys recently played at The Outlets of Orange for the premiere of “Thor: Into the Dark World.”
“I am really looking forward to seeing the Cabana Boys in concert. I went to their last concert and it was great. I really like their sound of music,” said Kelly Johnson, FC music major.
The Cabana Boys have recorded several CD’s produced by James Linahon Productions and have won numerous community awards.
“I’ve learned a lot from just being in the Cabana Boys, from acting professional to learning to let go of my anxiety so you can blow a gig and have a good time,” said Wainwright.
Former members have moved on to universities to continue their education in music while others are working around the music industry.
“We are trying to advance this group past the school, they have opened up for Deep Purple,” said Woll.