Luc Vertommen was born in Leest (Mechelen) where he made his first acquaintance with (wind) music through the local band. He studied cornet, music theory and piano at the music academies in Mechelen and Willebroek. Further musical studies were completed with a triple diploma – trumpet, music history and band conducting at the Lemmensinstitute in Louvain. He also obtained a first prize in chamber music at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels. He has immersed himself full-time in the world of band music as a brass teacher, player, conductor, arranger and writer.