Eastside Catholic tuba player to march in Rose Parade

December 25, 2012

By Lillian O'Rorke

Clayton Dungey and his family have always loved Disneyland. Whenever they got the chance, the five of them would jump in the car and spend a long weekend there.

Clayton Dungey

But for Clayton, the biggest thrill wasn’t Mickey Mouse or Splash Mountain — it was the marching band on Main Street.

The Eastside Catholic High School sophomore, an Issaquah tuba player, will join the Bands of America Honor Band in January, perform at Disneyland and march in the 2013 Tournament of Roses Parade.

“That’s one of my favorite things to do on tuba is playing, and seeing little boys looking and seeing how cool it is, because that is how I felt as a little boy looking at the tuba player,” Clayton said. “I really like to perform for others, and this opportunity to play for millions of people is really awesome. I am really excited for this opportunity.”

Clayton comes from a family of musicians. His father Phillip Dungey is his school’s music director and suggested Clayton apply and send in an audition tape for the national honor band.

“He loves to perform. So anytime he gets a chance — and he is always a ham about it, too — he always holds his tuba up high, so proud he is the one playing the big instrument,” Phillip Dungey said. “It’s an exciting opportunity for him … This would be much grander scale than anything I have ever marched in.”

Hundreds of students from across the country vied for a spot in the Bands of America Honor Band, a program of the Music for All organization. In all, 325 musicians and dancers were chosen to take part in the band’s performance at the 124th annual 5.5-mile Rose Parade.

What to know

Watch the 124th Rose Parade at 8 a.m. Jan. 1 on ABC, Hallmark Channel, HGTV, NBC, RFD-TV and Univision.

“To be selected for this unique opportunity is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for these students and a testimony to their excellence and achievements,” Music for All President and CEO Eric Martin said in a statement Dec. 10. “Their participation deserves the admiration and support of everyone in their community.

“The Rose Parade is one of our country’s national pageantry treasures, and the 2013 Honor Band members will be ambassadors of America’s bands, and of their states and communities.”

Clayton will spend a week in southern California, where he will have rehearsals, performances at the Tournament of Roses Bandfest and Disneyland, special activities and a featured appearance in the parade.

The honor also means Clayton will trade in his 25-year-old white fiberglass tuba for the week for a new brass sousaphone.

“I’m excited to play a nice new instrument,” he said. “I can’t wait.”

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