Chaz Draper played his first professional gig in the sixties and has been playing ever since. Gigs have included touring and recording on four continents. He has recorded or performed with Freddie Frederick Orchestra, Joe Schultz, Mamie Van Doren, Michael Johnson, Lawrence Welk, Billy Preston, Free and Easy, Helen O'Connell, Billy Barber, Flym Johnson, Aura, Myron Florin, Rise and Shine, Uptown Jazz Quartet, Mankato Symphony Orchestra, James Darren, Smokescreen, and the Minnesota State Band. During the eighties and nineties he also was in business. Since 2001 his "day gigs" have included adjunct music faculty at Bethany College, private percussion lessons at his house and a local music store.