Mater Dei High School

Not your average drumline: bringing Samoan culture to the sidelines

Mater Dei High School senior football player Tupua Seanoa carries his Samoan heritage with him on the field every week through his family and their music. Since Seanoa was a freshman, his family has been playing traditional Polynesian drums and conch shells in their group Tupua Productions at every game, regardless of the distance.

“One thing that Samoan culture is about is family, and I know that Mater Dei is about family as well. So it all just blends in together,” said Tupua Seanoa’s sister Kalea Seanoa.

But the tradition will end soon. Tupua Seanoa will be graduating this spring, and the Seanoa family does not plan to continue playing next season.