What’s Hot about the Band Heavy Metal Horns

5 Questions with John Vanderpool, saxophone instructor at South Shore Conservatory (SSC) in Hingham and founding member of the band Heavy Metal Horns

Heavy Metal Horns is a Weymouth-based band known for its horn-heavy blend of rhythm & blues, reggae, jazz, soul and funk. In addition to SSC instructor John Vanderpool on alto and tenor sax and vocals, the band is comprised of Henley Douglas on tenor and baritone sax, Garret Savluk on trumpet and vocals, John Ferry on trombone and vocals, Peter Calo and Felix Rentschler on guitar and vocals, Pengbian Sang on bass, Jim Sturdevant on drums, Bobby Hickman on percussion, John Matthews on keys and vocals and Thaddeus Hogarth on lead vocals.

Did you always know you wanted to be a musician?

I’ve been playing since I was in the 4th grade. I always wanted to pursue music as a career.

How long have you played with Heavy Metal Horns?

The Heavy Metal Horns horn section has been together since the late ‘80s. We formed our own band and performed extensively throughout the ‘90s.

How would you describe the band? 

The band plays many different styles—jazz, rock, blues, funk, reggae—pretty much anything we like that features horns!

It’s not heavy metal music, right? Can you give examples of the kind of music the band plays? 

We do mostly original material written by various band members. We also do our own version of a few classics such as Steve Winwood’s “Can’t Find My Way Home,” Tower of Power’s “You’re Still a Young Man” and Tom Waits’ “Way Down in the Hole.”

Should audience members wear their dancing shoes?

All of the music we play grooves, so you should definitely bring your dancing shoes!

GET TICKETS: You can hear the band perform on Saturday, July 14, as part of South Shore Conservatory’s Evenings Under the Stars summer concert series. Purchase tickets online.


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