James Wetzel was born in the northern suburbs of Houston, where he began his music career at age 15, taking bass guitar lessons and playing cymbals in the marching band. His degree is in classical percussion from USC, focusing primarily on the symphony and percussion ensemble. In addition to his classical curriculum, James also spent his time in school writing music theory training materials and original compositions for his own band, The Purple Esquire, in which he sang and played bass.
After graduating from college in 2004, James spent about a year and half in Austin Texas; teaching percussion, piano and bass lessons and performing in bands as a bassist. In 2007, he began a career as a main stage and lounge bass player, working in the cruise ship industry. The experience at sea allowed him to work with musicians from around the worlds, while traveling and backing up guest instrumentalists, comedians and singers.
James has been in Houston for three years now, focusing primarily on performing in salsa orquestras, dancing in latin dance teams and creating his own video series on music education. His passion has always been for music and the arts and he wants to share this gift with others, so that they can enjoy the same experiences he was blessed to have in his music career.
We want to keep you informed on local music news, upcoming shows, and Sessions promotions and savings. And in exchange for the privilege, we will enter you to win this Fender Stratocastor. Winner will be drawn at random on May 15th and contacted by email.
*Guitar may vary from picture. Value = $400
**Only one entry per visitor.