Band Master - Staff Sergeant Upuia (David) Fiu LRSM, DipABRSM
Staff Sergeant David Fiu was born, bred and educated in Wellington. An accomplished singer and multi-instrumentalist Staff Sergeant Fiu began his musical journey learning piano at age eight, before receiving cornet tuition from the Wellington South Salvation Army at age 11. He was promoted to the senior band at age 15 and ultimately appointed Deputy Conductor at age 27.
At a tertiary level Staff Sergeant Fiu studied classical trumpet at the Wellington Conservatorium of Music and contemporary rock at the Whitireia Polytechnic. During this period he became proficient on guitar, bass guitar, cello, and trombone, as well as forming an acapella vocal group which toured Australia on numerous occasions.
During his time in Wellington, Staff Sergeant Fiu was also a member of the Wellington Youth Orchestra, National Youth Jazz Orchestra, the Central Band of the Royal New Zealand Air Force, and a foundation member of the Wellington reggae band Southside of Bombay, known for the song What’s the time Mr Wolf? which featured in the New Zealand movie “Once Were Warriors”.
In 2000, Staff Sergeant Fiu enlisted into the New Zealand Army Band and continued a musical career whose highlights include solo performances in Canada, South Korea, England, Scotland, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Australia, France, Belgium, Israel and, most recently, Fiji.
In 2011, he was appointed Bandmaster of the Territorial Force 2nd Canterbury Nelson Marlborough West Coast Regiment Band and in 2012 he was appointed Musical Director of the civilian band Addington Brass, proceeding to lead them to provincial and national success. In 2014, he attained his Licentiate from the Royal Schools of Music, London in Music Direction. Staff Sergeant Fiu is also currently the Arranger in Residence for Woolston Brass.
Over his military career Staff Sergeant Fiu has held various appointments within the New Zealand Army Band including Staff Arranger, Deputy Bandmaster, and Course Manager of the Mutual Assistance Programme. In January 2019, Staff Sergeant Fiu was appointed to the critical position of Bandmaster of the New Zealand Army Band, a position he is currently relishing.
This page was last amended on 15 April 2019