Jonathan Cruz

Saxophone / Clarinet / Flute
Lessons, Performance, Education

Jonathan Cruz is a dedicated music teacher, and freelance woodwind doubler in the Southern California area. He began his musical exploration at the age of 8 with piano and transitioned to clarinet at age 12, and saxophone and flute the following year. After a lifetime of musical training, he believes ANYONE, can play music.  

A graduate of California State University, Northridge, Jonathan studied with Doug Masek, and Jerry Luedders. During his studies at CSU Northridge, he was principal saxophonist of the CSUN Wind Ensemble, and lead alto saxophonist for both Jazz A and Jazz B bands. In addition to his freelance work, Jonathan is a credentialed music teacher. His master teachers include, Dan Taguchi, Monique Brusca, Mike Gangemi, and Brian Peter.  

The 2014-2015 school year marks Jonathan's second year as Instrumental Music Director at Pacific High School in San Bernardino, CA, teaching concert band, string orchestra, drumline, mariachi, and jazz combo.  

  • Single Subject Music PreK-12 Teaching Credential (2012)
  • M.M. CSU - Northridge (2008)
  • B.M. CSU - Northridge (2005)
  • H.S. Diploma - Santa Susana High School (2001) 
Teaching Experience
  • Aug 2013 - present: Instrumental Music Director at Pacific High School, San Bernardino, CA
  • Aug 2012 - January 2013: Student Teacher at Westlake High School, Thousand Oaks, CA
  • Feb 2012 - June 2012: Student Teacher at Hale Charter Academy
  • Nov 2011 - June 2012: California Music Project Fellow at Columbus Middle School
  • Sept 2011 - present: Instrumental Music Instructor at La Reina High School
  • Sept 2008- June 2010: Band Instructor at Pinecrest School - Simi Valley
  • 2003 - present: Freelance/Private music instruction
Professional Development
  • Feb 2014 - California All State Music Education Conference, Fresno, CA
  • Dec 2013 - Midwest Clinic, Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 2013 - California All State Music Education Conference, Fresno, CA
  • Dec 2012 - Midwest Clinic, Chicago, Illinois

Notable performances
  • 2012 Dec - informal premier of These Flutes Were Made For Walkin' composed by Gordon Goodwin. 
  • 2011 Aug - International Clarinet Association: ClarinetFest 2011. Valley Performing Arts Center @ CSU - Northridge
  • 2011 July - $60,000 Ribbon Microphone Shootout
  • 2011 Feb - Valley Performing Arts Center at CSUN with Betty Buckley and Marvin Hamlisch
  • 2008 Mar - CSU Northridge Wind Ensemble - Disney Hall: Sounds About Town Series
  • 2007 CSU Northridge Wind Ensemble - SCSBOA Fall conference: The Wind Band Music of Frank Ticheli
  • 2005 Apr - CSU Northridge Jazz 'A' Band - Reno Jazz Festival 1st place 4 year college band 
  • 2001 Co-principal saxophonist Ventura County  High School Honor Band
  • 2000 Principal saxophonist Ventura County  High School Honor Band