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|Born||November 24, 1947
Fort Benning, Georgia, United States
|Associated acts||Lawrence Welk|
Early life and education
His first attempt to audition for Lawrence Welk came when Zell was thirteen years old. Welk's orchestra was playing at the Hollywood Palladium and when he asked if he could play a trumpet solo for him, Welk, although impressed with his talent and moxie, thought that he was too young but told him to see him again when he was a bit older and had more experience.
During his time in the army, he played for the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) band known as The Commanders along with Dave Edwards and Richard Maloof, future Welk musicians.
In early 1968, while with the NORAD band, Zell had a second chance to audition for Welk. Zell was asked to do a television commercial for U.S. Army recruiting and part of the job was to do an interview for the Welk show and to play trumpet for the band. After his performance on that show, Welk hired him into the band upon his completion of his military service which was nine months away.
From 1968 until the television series ended in 1982, Zell was one of The Lawrence Welk Show's most popular musicians and was often featured in trumpet solos, including "At the Cross", "Hot Lips" and "A String of Pearls".
Zell is the protégé of Welk trumpet great Norman Bailey, who gave Zell one of his trumpets, made of gold.
Zell and his wife, Laura, live in Oregon. He is the father of two children.
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