Sam Wetzel is a percussionist and music educator. He has worked across the country as a percussion instructor. His resume includes work with the Brandywine Heights High School Band, Rancho High School Band, Valley High School Band and the Reading Samba School. Sam has also worked as a private drum teacher and as a percussion ensemble director for the WGASC/ADLA award winning group “702 Percussion”. As a performer, Sam has played as a recording studio musician, a freelance drummer, and a concert percussionist. He has extensive experience performing for live audiences in a multitude of genres including rock, indie, hip-hop, jazz and classical. His dedication to music earned him both the Green Family Mallet Percussion Scholarship and David Baker Music Scholarship.
Sam received his Bachelor’s degree in commercial music/percussion and minor in audio engineering from Kutztown University where he performed in various music ensembles ranging from the KU Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, Steel Band, and Rock Ensemble. He is currently pursuing his Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, where he performs with the UNLV Wind Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, and Marimba Band.
As a teacher, Sam has worked with all ages and skill sets. His teaching philosophy focuses on identifying the musical goals of his students and tailoring a program to meet each of their individual needs. It is his belief that studying and performing music should be fun, challenging and rewarding.