Bean Counter Leads a Not-So-Secret Life as a Rock Drummer
"My career in finance and accounting is very challenging and rewarding, and I've been playing in bands since my freshman year in high school in 1978," said Wetter. "It's great that I get to be a mild-mannered accountant during the day, and on the weekends I get to play, let the music out and live that life as well."
Wetter is the drummer of the popular local rock band Tokyo Fish Market, but his personal musical talents include playing guitar, piano and singing. Growing up in Wisconsin, Wetter said while his parents were not musically inclined, they always supported his passion buying him his first set of drums in seventh grade and attending his gigs.
Today, he and the band practice about three hours on weeknights to perform their four-hour show roughly twice a month at various venues. Tokyo Fish Market plays a mix of original material and classic rock from the 1970s and 1980s, covering songs from bands ranging from Journey to Styx.
"When I was younger I'd play and tour a lot, but that's not a good life once you get married and have children," said Wetter. "Everyone in the band has day jobs so we don't take ourselves too seriously, and we all really do it to have fun. We just want to get people to dance and have a good time."
Wetter's wife Nicole is often one of those in the audience dancing, and his kids are following in their father's footsteps.
"My son, who is a freshman in high school, plays drums as well, but right now he's playing mostly in the basement until he gets a band together, and my daughter is a semiprofessional dancer so it seems that entertainment is in their blood," said Wetter.