The Hard Coretet was AWESOME!! They were everything and MORE than we expected! From the beginning of the booking to the end of our event, they were nothing but professional! Griffin, the lead guitarist, worked with us from the onset and was very accommodating to our needs! He was open to all request and tried to make sure all requested music was learned and played at our event. Our guest raved at the level of expertise in the sound and skill! The entire trio was warm and inviting! They interacted with the guest and made everyone feel "right at home"! We will DEFINITELY use them again and again in the future! Don't miss out on this group....AMAZING!! Derek & Kelly
The Hard Coretet is lead by trumpeter Carson Wahl and guitarist Griffin Semple. Carson and Griffin began playing together as teenagers as members of the Virginia Music Adventures program. Through this organization, they were able to perform around the world, including the Dominican Republic, Turkey, Peru, Ecuador, Australia, throughout Europe, and on a Caribbean cruise.
Carson and Griffin both completed jazz studies degrees at Loyola University in New Orleans. Studying jazz and music composition in the city where jazz was born simultaneously connected them to the roots of jazz while inspiring them to explore possibilities for the future of jazz. Being in New Orleans also gave them the opportunity to play at numerous renowned venues in the french quarter and the prestigious New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
In addition to performing regularly in New Orleans and the D.C. area, Carson and Griffin also teach and inspire the next generation of musicians, instructing students of the Virginia Music Adventures program as well as teaching in various other capacities.