Born in Kawakawa, Northland, Rangi comes from a musical heritage. In his mother’s childhood years, she was touted as an upcoming artist on the hit tv show Happen Inn. His maternal grandfather was a talented saxophonist and his paternal great grandfather was a violinist.
In his own right, Rangi has dabbled in many instruments on his quest to find the right fit. Finally settling on the French Horn, Rangi studied at the University of Auckland under the tutelage of Nicola Baker, then principal horn of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.
As a horn player, Rangi has held many principal horn posts in our most senior bands, most notably serving as principal horn of Manukau Concert Band for many years and currently holding the record for longest serving principal horn of the NZYSW, he has served the concert banding community as a player tenfold. He has held posts as a conductor and administrator for many bands, is a permanent member of the conducting team at Opononi Summer Music School, and has enjoyed teaching both private students and in music schools across the country.
Rangi is currently the Assistant Orchestra Manager of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. He has served as the band manager for the NZYSW in previous years and has also served on the NZCBA Executive Committee several times. He has served as the Vice President of Whangarei Youth Music and also served as Vice President of SOMSA, the University of Auckland School of Music Students Association during the schools most prominent and very public turmoil in the late 2010s.
Rangi hopes to bring his vast experience and fresh outlooks to the committee. As president he hopes to promote growth in our local band scenes and also support the education and development of our young and young at heart, that our community will be strong and resilient in the face of the challenges that we face.
From the Presidents Desk
As Aotearoa settles into what is bound to be a very happy holiday season, I would like to take this opportunity to reflect on what a year 2020 has been. For many of us 2020 has been marred by lockdown anxiety and uncertainty about the future. But for NZCBA there is a renewed sense of hope and potential. Let me tell of some exciting things that we hope to roll out over the next year and some exciting future projects that we hope to roll out on a more extensive timeframe. Our New Executive This years AGM saw our executive committee grow to capacity. I was honoured to accept the presidency for the next term. The committee retained some familiar faces with Kathleen Mulligan, our previous president remaining on the executive. We welcomed four new faces to the committee with Alexander Alford, Jacob Fraser, Esther Hunter and Sarah Lam Sam joining us. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Cathy Brown for her years of service to the executive committee and NZCBA. Cathy has been an active member of the committee for some years and has not sought reelection to the committee. We wish her all the best in her future pursuits and I know that the rest of the committee will join me in acknowleding Cathy’s contributions to our community with gratitude. More details of the current executive committee will be available on our website soon. New Business Tools This year I have managed to get the NZCBA recognised as a non-profit organistion for the purposes of business productivity offers from Microsoft. This means that we have been granted several tools and licenses that we can use to further serve our members and it is my hope that there will be increased communication and connection with our member bands now that we have some better tools to foster more fruitful connections. I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the team at Microsoft Non-profit, who are giving more and