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.