Zayra Mata-Velazquez was raised in the small town of Dewitt, Michigan. Her marching career started as a clarinet player in her high school marching band. She later served as a drum major for the Madison Scouts from 2020-2021 and a field conductor for Legends DBC in 2019. For her age-out, Zayra moved to Dayton, OH to perform in the Rhythm X Visual Ensemble for the 2022 season.
She has spent the past two summers with the Madison Scouts as part of their administration team. Zayra's past responsibilities included facilities management, educational administration, and photography. Zayra also spent the Fall of 2022 through Spring of 2023 on Music For All's Events Team. She was fortunate enough to travel all over the United States helping organize some of the biggest marching band events in the country.
Zayra is currently the Operations Lead at Rhythm X, the Customer Service Specialist for Seavine, and a lover of photography. She studied Psychology and Leadership of Organizations at Michigan State University and was a member of the Big Ten Flags section for the MSU marching band.