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Rich Wetzel

Affiliation: Rich Wetzel's Groovin Higher Jazz Orchestra

Artist's Biography
Tacoma-based trumpeter Rich Wetzel well known as a powerfuland high-energy lead player and high-note specialist. His playing has received accolades from no less an authority than trumpet legend Wayne Bergeron, and his name appears on Arturo Sandoval's list of influential trumpet players.

A much in-demand section leader, Rich has played lead trumpet for such star acts as The Four Tops, the Temptations, the Spinners, the Coasters, the Ojays, the Platters, Charo, Al Martino, Si Zetner, El Chicano, and numerous shows and venues in Los Angeles and Seattle.

Rich also leads many of his own projects, including the Blue Moon Howlers, a sensational swing, jazz and R&B revue and the Groovin' Higher Orchestra, a powerful 13-piece big band that brings the classic music of legendary leaders like Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman, Count Basie and Buddy Rich back to life.

Rich Wetzel, enthusiastically states, "GHJO is my dream band, the one I have dreamed of having all my life. It is my favorite music to play and I feel blessed to have such a great band."

Rich Wetzel is a available as a Bach clinician and performer for school and youth-group music programs. He plays the Bach Stradivarius model 182 trumpet exclusively.

Artist's Influences
Maynard Ferguson, Doc Severinsen, Bill Chase, Harry James, Stan Kenton, Buddy Rich, Louie Bellson, Woody Herman and more.

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Various recordings featured or appearing with groups such as The Marvelles, Orozco, Dave Croston, ECJO, local studio work, and his own CD's which have been in the top ten on jazz radio station playlists all over the world, including titles such as "Live at Jazzbones", "Live with Wayne Bergeron", and his most recent sensational hit, "The Mayn Thing", a tribute to Maynard Ferguson and more.

This most recent CD has over 10,000 plays on myspace and is a huge success nationally and in Europe as well.

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