Avalon Music is very excited to have Rich Wetzel, Northwest trumpet sensation and band leader, as well as our Conn-Selmer representative, here at Avalon Music on October 27 for a Brass Techniques Clinic.
Besides providing us with some amazing trumpets chops, Rich will cover a wide range of extremely helpful techniques for beginning to advanced students: embouchure placement and movement; tongue level and its effects on range and tone color; flexibility; lip trills vs. shakes; achieving more endurance and power; use and development of air to maximize sound; tongue articulation in the upper register; and commercial music techniques.
Rich will also provide information about the Conn-Selmer line of brass instruments, which include Conn, King and Bach brass, and Selmer, Leblanc, Emerson and Armstrong woodwinds.
Rich grew up in Los Angeles, studying trumpet with Frank Sinatra’s long time lead trumpet player and top LA studio player, Walt Johnson. Rich played in the US Army in Europe and US Air Force National Guard Band in Los Angeles and has been a band director at high school and college levels. Rich Wetzel and his Groovin Higher Jazz Orchestra have been featured in Jazz Improv, LA Jazz Scene, The Brass Herald, and Cadence magazines. Rich has played lead trumpet for major recording and concert artists such as The Four Tops, The Temptations, the Spinners, The Ojays, The Coasters, The Platters, Wayne Newton, Charo, Smokey Robinson, Al Martino and El Chicano. He plays the Bach Stradivarius 182 trumpet exclusively. Find out more about Rich and his music at www.richwetzel.com and at www.groovinhigher.com
In addition to performing and teaching, Rich will be available for information about the Conn-Selmer family of instruments, selecting your brass or woodwind instrument, choosing a brass mouthpiece, and any other questions. We will have a selection of student and "pro" brass and woodwind instruments available for demonstration and purchase at Avalon Music's incredible prices. Bring your mouthpiece!
Please let us know if you plan on attending so that we may have enough refreshments and seating. Just call the store at 663-7300 to get your name on the list.
Join us on Tuesday, October 27 at 6 pm at Avalon Music for what will be an absolutely terrific, educational and entertaining clinic.