Jared Coller is a talented percussionist with an impressive musical background. He is an alumnus of Valparaiso University and keeps up his performance skills by participating in several different professional ensembles. Besides percussion, Jared also plays a variety of instruments, including piano, guitar, mandolin, tuba, cornet/flugelhorn, trombone, and tenor saxophone.
While at Valpo, Jared was a part of almost every music organization on campus, including the choir, band, and various percussion groups. During his third year at Valpo, Jared performed Paul Creston’s “Concertino for Marimba and Concert Band” as one of the university’s concerto competition winners. For his last year, he performed Mark Ford’ Stubernic Fantasy alongside Mark and his father with the Chamber Concert Band and Windiana Concert Band.
Since graduation, Jared has continued to be involved in the music industry and performs regularly with various professional ensembles. He has performed with the Silk Cedar Chinese fusion ensemble, the chamber concert band Windiana, and as a musician for the Lunchtime Cabarets at the Memorial Opera House. He also frequently plays percussion for musicals throughout the Region, including shows at the Memorial Opera House, Chicago Street Theatre, and Dunes Summer Theatre. During the summers, Jared enjoys playing with the LaPorte City Band and the Michigan City Band. He also serves as a substitute percussionist for different orchestras and groups throughout the area, including the South Shore Brass Band and Andrews University Symphony Orchestra.
Jared also works at Quinlan & Fabish Music in Valparaiso and is in charge of shipping and receiving, as well as basic instrument repair. Even though Jared has only been playing with the LCSO for one year, one thing he appreciates about this ensemble is the variety and accessibility of the music programmed for each concert. Although there are always the standard orchestral pieces, Jared enjoys that the LCSO includes newer, more relatable pieces in their repertoire that anyone in the audience can enjoy.