Tamatoa Tuhou

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Tamatoa Tuhou is a multi-instrumentalist who dabbles primarily between the saxophone and bagpipes.

He is currently in his first year studying jazz at Ara Music Arts (formerly CPIT Jazz School)

Tamatoa Tuhou

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Born and living in Christchurch, Tamatoa has always wanted to play saxophone since he was a child – inspired by a painting of a little boy playing tenor saxophone (a painting he still owns to this day).

Before learning saxophone, Tamatoa picked up the bagpipes in 2012, under the tutelage of the Christchurch Metropolitan Pipe Band. Tamatoa has since performed at many social events, parades and competitions (both solo and nationals) until 2018. He also joined the Grade 4 Canterbury Caledonian Society’s Pipe Band for nearly two years.

Playing the bagpipes eased Tamatoa into the saxophone, as both instruments were similar. He received his first alto saxophone in 2013, and picked up the tenor saxophone in 2015, where he first joined his school Jazz Band.

He is currently in his first year studying jazz at Ara Music Arts (formerly CPIT Jazz School)

Tamatoa is currently in two bands; second tenor in Christchurch-based Sideline Swing Big Band, and high school band Same Day Shipping.