Rich is well known as a very powerful, very exciting, and high energy lead trumpet player, featured soloist, who is equally adept at gorgeous, soft, beautiful trumpet or flugelhorn lyrical concert settings, or soaring over the top of the band or orchestra on a power ballad in the Maynard Ferguson style. He is often a featured soloist for many top local and regional bands as well. Rich is also a top call contractor for both national and international acts for string and horn sections for some of the biggest names in the business at major venues.
Wetzel grew up in Garden Grove, CA, near Anaheim and Los Angeles, where on more occasions than you could count, you could go see the great jazz orchestras of people like Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Rich, Louie Bellson, Stan Kenton, and more.
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Wetzel plays with a Maynard Ferguson-inspired sound that can be clearly heard on every chart
Mark Lynn, ITG Journal, June 2009
Rich Wetzel is available as a Bach, Conn-Selmer trumpet clinician usually working with high school and college jazz ensembles or with all ages at open clinic events. The focus of the clinic is proper techniques for maximum results with regard to range, sound, and over all playing.