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Rich Wetzel and his Groovin High Orchestra @ the Royal

Rich Wetzel's Groovin' Higher Orchestra, jazz-rock-latin and funk big band, "A Total Show" - brings their high energy and diverse big band to energize the Royal, top NW musicians and an exciting show!

Tacoma-based trumpeter Rich Wetzel is well known as a powerful and 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 for such national acts as The Four Tops, the Temptations, the Spinners, the Coasters and the Platters, 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 15-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.

Wetzel says, “This group is my dream band, the one I have dreamed of having all my life.”

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  • Rich

    Great crowd of listening fans and dancers too, dancing has never been our focus but some of our tunes are dancable and was fun seeing these wonderful dancers on the floor. Also our singer, Steve Stefanowicz and the whole band just played their butts off, wonderful venue and such a great audience too, a very fun night!

    June 4, 2013

  • Rich

    Come see us Monday June 3rd starting at 8pm at The Royal Lounge in Olympia, WA!

    June 2, 2013

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