6 June 2012
Able Musician Moses Sulusi performing with the Royal New Zealand Navy Band during the Samoan 50th Anniversary of Independence celebrations in Apia on 1 June 2012.
Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) Able Musician Moses Sulusi has just returned from Samoa, where the Navy Band performed to support the 50th Anniversary of Independence celebrations on 1 June 2012.
Moses plays the bass guitar, but while marching with the Navy Band he plays the bass drum. The 28 year old’s initial musical training was at Manurewa High School, and he then took three years away from music while working.
He was playing in a covers band at a bar when a former sailor heard him, and suggested he join the Navy Band. His older brother Seleni, also a bass player, joined the Navy at the same time as him. Seleni later left to take up a managerial position with Strike Percussion, and Moses has now been in the Navy Band for almost six years.
He travelled with twenty other members of the RNZN Band to Samoa for the independence celebrations. They marched in the parade during the early morning, and then performed for the thousands of people in the crowd during the afternoon. They also took part in a float parade through the streets of Apia the following day.
Moses has been to Samoa many times to visit family. His parents immigrated to New Zealand at an early age, and Moses grew up in South Auckland. His extended family were at the ceremony on 1 June, and watched him march past.
Moses says it has been a special experience playing in Samoa for the Anniversary of Independence.
"It’s been quite overwhelming, representing New Zealand on such a special day for Samoa. It was great that I got to show my family here what I do for a living. I’ve talked about it, and now I’ve finally been able to show them. I’m so proud to have been in Samoa on this day."