This Day in History: 1961-12-11

Richard Wetzel, American trumpeter and bandleader, played in the Velvet Knights Drum and Bugle Corps and the Sacramento Freelancers corps, enlisted in the US Army Band program, played on cruise ships, played lead trumpet for many celebrity groups, formed his own band, Rich Wentzel’s Groovin’ Higher Jazz Orchestra, born in Huntington Park, California.

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