About

Eastside Youth Concert Band is a registered non-profit 501(c)3 with the IRS and with the Corporations Division of the Office of the Secretary of State. Donations are tax-deductible. Board of directors are: Philip Dungey, president,Cynthia Seidel, Stephanie Shipley, Winnie Dungey.


Youth Advisory Board:

Melena Seidel, bassoon, Junior, Aviation High;

Emmie Head, Flute, Senior, Eastside Catholic;

Kyle Jenkins, Trumpet, Senior, Eastside Catholic;

Ashwin Naresh, Clarinet, Junior, Tesla STEM High;

Rosie Allwright, Trumpet, Senior, Eastlake High;

Ben Allwright, French Horn, Sophomore, Eastslake High;

Aoife Buckley, Clarinet, Freshman, Issaquah High;

Simon Breedlove, Tenor Sax, Senior, Skyline High;

Michael Shipley, Euphonium, Sophomore, Issaquah High.

Director

Philip Dungey, president and director.

Students of Mr. Dungey have won state and national competitions and every year earn positions in All-State and regional and national honor bands. Dungey bases his teaching on solid music foundations and then seeks out opportunities for his students. His bands have won the award for Best Overall Middle School and Junior High Band at the Silverwood Music in the Parks Festival, performed in Disneyland eight times, and won the Salmon Days Marching Band competition. In every band category, ensembles he has coached have advanced to the WIAA WMEA State Solo & Ensemble Competition.

Mr. Dungey has dual Master's Degrees from The University of Akron (OH) in Brass Performance and Music Education and a Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance from Wheaton College (IL). He has performed professionally in the trumpet section of the Auburn Symphony and the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra and has served as the Principal Trumpet of the Northwest Symphony Orchestra and the Federal Way Symphony. Mr. Dungey is the director of bands at Pacific Cascade Middle School. Previous positions include Eastside Catholic School, Bellevue Christian School, and 8 years of private studio teaching carrying as many as 55 weekly lessons.

Mr. Dungey enjoys living in Issaquah with his musical family he is very proud of. His son and the eldest, Clayton, is a tuba and computer science major at Biola in Los Angeles, his daughter, Natalie, recently performed as trumpet soloist with Josh Groban and now studies at UCLA, and his youngest daughter, Faith, plays French Horn in Issaquah School District’s Evergreen Philharmonic.

Percussion Coach & Band Consultant

Eric Peterson, Percussion Coach & Consultant

Mr. Peterson has taught bands in the Lake Washington School District at all levels for over 20 years and is currently the Director of Bands at Evergreen Middle School. Mr. Peterson is the principal percussionist of the Seattle Wind Symphony, has toured Europe with the Tacoma Concert Band and performs with several ensembles in the area, including the Ensign Symphony at Benaroya Hall. Mr. Peterson has a passion for how band membership develops leadership in students. Here is a terrific article featuring spot on comments from Mr. Peterson about the importance of music education: http://www.redmond-reporter.com/life/the-benefits-of-playing-music-kids-who-play-in-a-band-do-better-in-math-and-reading-research-shows/


Note Advocating School Music Programs:

It is expected that Eastside Youth Band members participate in their school programs. There would have to be a compelling reason not to, such as a schedule conflict that would otherwise result in the inability to graduate from school. We believe band is the one of the most important classes in school and is a strong motivator to go to school. Loyalty and leadership are critical values that are built in school band programs. College completion rates are highest among students who are committed to their school programs. Keep playing and be a bright star wherever you are, making a positive difference for everyone around you.

Mr. Dungey & Mr. Peterson