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Tia Fuller (born March 27, 1976 in Aurora, Colorado) is a saxophonist, composer, and educator, and a member of the all-female band touring with Beyoncé. Fuller is currently a faculty member in the ensembles department at Berklee College of Music.
Fuller was born in Aurora, Colorado to jazz musicians Fred and Elthopia Fuller. Her father, Fred, plays bass and her mother, Elthopia, sings. She grew up listening to her parents rehearse in the basement of their home, as well as to the music of John Coltrane, Sarah Vaughan and Charlie Parker.
Fuller began playing saxophone in high school, after which she continued her musical education at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia under the tutelage of Joseph Jennings. While there she performed with Ray Charles and in Atlanta's jazz clubs. In 1998, she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music, and later went on to complete her Master's degree in Jazz Pedagogy and Performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder.Wide ThumbClearartFanartBanner User Comments