High School Student Dies Suddenly On Disneyland Band Trip


A 15-year old Seaford High School Sophomore died suddenly, last week, during a trip to Disneyland with members of his school band.   Joseph Tutaj, who played trumpet for his school band, got sick during the trip and suddenly passed out. He was too sick to fly home and was sent to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, where he later died.

Tutaj had called home at the beginning of the band trip to tell his parents that he was not feeling well and had been taken to the hospital.

“It’s devastating news. It was a terrible shock for the entire community and we’re going to do our best to support Joseph’s family. It’s a pretty senseless and unspeakable tragedy,” said Seaford School District Superintendent Brian Conboy.

As if this story is not sad enough, this was not the only ordeal the Tutaj family is facing.  Joseph’s father Robert is battling late stage cancer.  The family was also forced to relocate from their home after Hurricane Sandy.

Tutaj’s mother is in California preparing to bring his body home.

What is sad about this story to me, is here is a high school kid doing the right thing, being a member of the school band, supporting the band on the trip to Disneyland, and probably having a great time as kids should. The suddenness and senselessness of his death makes it tragic and I am sure the band members and his family will be grieving this loss for a long time.


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