Valet & Friends
December 14 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Valet is a Guelph-based jazz quartet, that consists of 4 students from Centennial CVI. The group features Jakob Durst on tenor saxophone, Tristan Culbert on piano, Josh Collesso on bass, and Andrew Schoettler on drums. Valet came into formation after the group performed as part of a school function, where they quickly gathered a crowd of engaged students, teachers and parents. After the event was over, the four young musicians were ecstatic to continue playing with one another, and thus Valet was formed. Under the guidance of some of Guelph’s finest musicians, Valet hopes to create interest in the vibrant jazz music of the past Century. The group plays with an excitement that brings a refreshing energy to the music, while still paying tribute the greats. Their performance features music from a variety of genres, such as Swing, Latin, Soul, and Be-Bop.
Jakob Durst (Tenor Saxophone) – Jakob Durst, age 16, is an avid young jazz musician. He studies privately with Brent Rowan, and holds a chair in the prestigious Hamilton All-Star Jazz Band. Jakob has also had the honor to play with some of Canada’s best jazz musicians, such as Mike Murley, Dave Restivio, Jason Louge, Tara Davidson, Paul Stevenson, and Kevin Turcotte.
Tristan Culbert (Piano) – Tristan Culbert is an aspiring young orchestral percussionist. He is the principal percussionist in the Guelph Youth Symphony Orchestra, and he also plays percussion in the Guelph Concert Band, Kitchener-Waterloo Youth Concert Band, and has had the opportunity to play multiple concerts with the Guelph Symphony Orchestra. Tristan started learning classical piano from his father at age 4 and later began playing piano in various jazz ensembles in high school under the direction of Jeff Daniels.
Joshua Collesso (Bass) – Joshua Collesso is a bass player in the Guelph Youth Jazz Ensemble. He has also played in a range of venues including the Guelph I Heart Beer Fest, Kitchener Ribfest, and Hillside.
Andrew Schoettler (Drums) – Andrew Schoettler is an experienced Jazz, Latin and Funk drummer. He began drumming at the age of 7 and currently studies with none other than Guelph’s very own Nick Macerollo. He has played at Hillside Festival and also plays for the various jazz bands within Centennial CVI, directed by Jeff Daniels, including their Symphonic Winds ensemble, which has been invited to MusicFest Canada Nationals in Ottawa this year.
Carter Jones (trumpet):
Carter Jones, age 17, is an experienced trumpet player in various musical styles such as symphonic, concert, jazz and brass bands. He started learning how to play at age 7, learning the cornet through The Salvation Army, and has played with bands within The Salvation Army such as the Guelph Citadel Band, and Impact Brass since then. Carter has been out of the country as well to play in New York and most recently he marched in The Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, California.
Chase Heaslip (Vocals):
Chase Heaslip, age 17, is an aspiring young musician who started privately studying piano and singing at the age of 4. Chase has played at many venues such as Fionn MacCools’s, the Guelph Little Theatre, the Hillside Inside music festival, and more. Chase currently plays saxophone in Centennial CVI’s Jazz Combo and Symphonic Winds, and sings in Centennial CVI’s Choir and Chamber Choir all under the direction of Jeff Daniels.
Bridget Walsh (Vocals):
Bridget Walsh is an accomplished classical violinist. She started playing first violin with the Guelph Symphony Orchestra at age 14, and has been the Concert
Master of the Guelph Youth Orchestra for 4 years. She also plays trumpet with the Guelph Concert Band. She is regularly invited to participate in international symphonic schools, including the Young Artist Program (Ottawa) and with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Institute. Singing opera and jazz are this 16-year-old’s side hustle.