In the spotlight: The Elevate Project
The Elevate Project
How did the band get its name?
In the middle of forming the group, my pastor handed me a piece of paper on which she had written all of the things she intended to “elevate” in her life that year. I shared what she had written with the team. We decided then and there we would be called “Elevate.” The “Project” part is simply a better way to describe the ongoing growth and creativity in and around the band.
Who are the members (full names) and what town is each from?
Tyler Ommen – Crystal Lake
Nathan Staley – Chicago
Kelvin Levels – Cary
Aaron Netsell – Woodstock
John and Christine Tuck – Hoffman Estates
Brian Warszona – Chicago
J – Woodstock
What instruments does each of your band members play?
Tyler – Drums
Nathan – Percussion
Kelvin – Bass
Aaron – Guitar/vocals
Christine – Saxophone
John – Trumpet
Brian – Trumpet
J – Vocals/keyboards
How did the band get started?
J assembled this group of musicians after having played music with many of them previously.
Describe the music you play.
What makes your act different?
The obvious things are the horn section and our additional percussion. Our drive and commitment to “elevate the audience through our performance” is what really sets us apart.
Who are the band’s three biggest influences?
Richie Kotzen, Tower of Power and Prince.
Why should people come see you (in 50 words or less)?
Because we “Elevate” the music we perform to a level that cannot be ignored by those who hear it.
What is the best thing about being a musician?
Pick one: Chuck Berry or Elvis Presley?
Pick one: Michael Jackson or Madonna?
What’s the strangest thing that has happened to you while performing?
I cut my finger while paying the piano and couldn’t stop the bleeding.
Where can fans find out more information about your band?
How can people book your band?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
List your upcoming performances
8 p.m. Jan. 19 – Harvard winter concert at The Starline Factory in Harvard