Thomas Wetzel was born and grew up in Pittsburgh Pa. Active in music since a child, his life of performing music started early with singing in the boys’ choir at church. This quickly led to studying piano, but it was the high school years that led to his interest in percussion as his main area of focus. Fortunate enough to participate in a very active band program at high school, music school was the obvious choice to pursue. Thomas went on to advanced studies at Carnegie-Mellon University and then Manhattan School of Music. From there on, he has had a very busy professional career. A member of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra since the 1970s, Thomas has also been a member of the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, The National Orchestral Association, The Gran Teton Music Festival Orchestra, and the Cassals Festival Symphony Orchestra.