Jo Hermans and Wietse Meys have one important thing in common: a deep and profound passion for music… After a few times of gigging together they discovered a strong musical match.
Jo and Wietse decided to fuse their energy into a joint project: THE HORNS
THE HORNS are 2 friends providing experience, inspiration, creativity and enthusiasm to virtually every imaginable recording and live concert. Being both musician, arranger and composer and doubling a whole range of wind instruments, they can add an extensive range of musical colours to your music, playing it with the proficiency of a studio musician and the attitude of a rock musician.
Wietse Meys (°1980 – saxophones/(bass)clarinet/ﬂute) is an ex-student of John Ruocco in Brussels conservatory.
He showed great talent and maturity from a very young age, combining inﬂuences from Joshua Redman, Michael Brecker to Gene Ammons.
Nowadays he’s a very busy side man in many projects, both in the pop and jazz world.
Wietse is a great section player with an exciting solo voice and is also much in demand as an arranger, writing arrangements for a lot of artists and also some occasional hard-swinging jazz charts.
He combines his playing and writing career with teaching ear training, solfege and harmony at the jazz department of the Arts High School of Brussels and saxophone at the academy of Grimbergen.
Jo Hermans (°1984 - trumpet/flugelhorn) has always put music as a guideline throughout his life.
From an early age he started combining different musical genres, winning the soloist prize at the National Brassband Championships or having his own jazz quartet doing a crossover project with the Flemish Radio Choir.
He acquired his degree in classical music at the Royal Conservatory Antwerp and jazz at the Amsterdam School of Arts (Bert Joris, Jan Oosthof, Ruud Breuls).
The combination of having studied both classical music and jazz makes him a much demanded studio artist and live performer, both as section player and soloist and resulted in a wide range of collaborations over the past years: Metropole Orkest, Brussels Jazz Orchestra, Daan, Jef Neve, dEUS, ….
His other passion is songwriting. In 2012 he was commissioned by Radio 1 (Belgium) to write a song for Marcel Vanthilt. From there on he further developed his career as a songwriter.
Since 2010 Jo is teaching trumpet at the jazz and pop department of the Academy in Antwerp.