Being introduced to music at an early age, Tavis learnt piano and recorder for three years before moving onto clarinet by the age of nine.
After receiving several musical awards throughout school, including a $500 grant for further study, he went to persue a Music and Education Double Degree at Monash University in Clayton. Whilst studying, he was playing clarinet and bass clarinet for groups such as Grainger Wind Symphony, Monash University Wind Ensemble and the Australian Youth Band; and has regularly been invited to play for Melbourne Youth Orchestra, Victorian College of the Arts Orchestra, Melbourne University Orchestra, and Nehama Paitkin's Family Concert Orchestra- amongst others.
Upon completing his Degrees, he has double majored in performance and composition, and has majored in Secondary Education. Tavis is currently undertaking a Masters of Education and divides his time working as a casual faculty member at the Monash Conservatorium, a sales assistant at Melbourne Brass and Woodwind, and private tutor for composition and clarinet lessons.