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 in Orange County 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.
He has played lead trumpet for and put together horn sections for stars such as The Four Tops, The Temptations, The Spinners, The Platters, The Ojays, Al Martino, Wayne Newton, and many more.
Wetzel has that Ferguson stratospheric sound, and leads his own amazing band based in the great Pacific Northwest, US.
He is an amazing trumpet player who is rapidly becoming a star in the jazz world, along with one of the most exciting bands anywhere, Rich Wetzel and his Groovin Higher Jazz Orchestra.
The Four Tops
Legends In Concert
Richard Streets' Temptations Tribute
Rick Michel's Rat Pack Tribute
Si Zentner Big Band
Jimmy Dorsey Big Band
Ian Finkel and Elliott Finkel Big Bands
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
Holland America Cruise Line
Celebrity Cruise Line
The US Army Band
As well as various top Seattle and LA local bands, shows, theaters,
concerts, casinos, recordings, etc... Soloist, guest star, clinician,
and leader of his own fabulous group, Rich Wetzel and his Groovin
Higher Jazz Orchestra!
Gigs Desired / Availability / Experience
Featured with his band, as a guest star with yours, or as a clinician.
Contractor for horn and string sections, for national and international acts, star shows.
Rich has played lead trumpet and contracted for the biggest names in the business.
Lead trumpet for Big Band, Swing, Shows, Theater, Studio, Pop, Rock, Motown, Variety Shows, Concerts, Recording Sessions, Commercial Trumpet Material.