We’re having no treble with Joey O’Neill’s not so classical all orange wardrobe By:Evelyn Bailey

It all started on Sept. 28, 2015, when freshman Joey O’Neill woke up one regular morning in the fifth grade, got dressed and grabbed the first shirt and pair of pants he could find.

“I was like ‘Oh, look at that! I’m wearing a lot of orange today,’ and so I decided to do it the next day, day after that and day after that. It just sort of spiraled out of control. Here we are three years later,” O’Neill said, who has been wearing at least one article of orange clothing every single day for three years. Even when there are other dress code requirements he still maintains his signature look.

Joey’s family has become used to his unusual attire. O’Neill’s older brother, a junior in high school, Jack O’Neill, has closely observed Joey’s transformation.

“It's so weird whenever I see pictures of Joey from before sixth grade when he is wearing other colors. I have to do a double-take because it just doesn’t seem like Joey. Orange is Joey,” Jack said.

After wearing one color for years after years, many people have started to associate Joey with certain shades of orange as his uniform.

“I think it’s just more accentuated, this quirkiness that he has. He sort of reminds me of Willy Wonka from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” Jack said. “He's a very strange and eccentric person and I think that the clothes sort of reflect that.”

Joey's family knows Joey the most personally but the reason to all of the members has never been to clear other that his love for the shade of a bright color.

“The color isn't really a big factor, it’s just sustaining [the clothing choice] throughout all three years that is interesting to me,” Joey said.

Along with committing to wear orange everyday, Joey is also a dedicated musician who spends almost 30 hours a week practicing the flute, piano and piccolo, according to John O’Neill, Joey's father. This averages to four hours per weekday and 10 hours on the weekend playing.

“The main thing I’m doing outside of school is music most of the time; I play the flute at the symphonic band. I also study at the San Francisco Conservatory pre-college level and Marin Symphony Orchestra,” Joey said.

Joey was inspired to learn how to play the flute, the piano and the piccolo because of the emotion that it evokes out of him.

“Music is the way that he expresses his emotions. So many people have said Joey isn’t the most expressive person—when he talks to you it's usually pretty short and monotone, but when you watch him play the flute, it's amazing to see a completely different person because there is so much feeling in what he plays,” Jack said.

Joey expresses his emotions both in the music that he plays and in the clothes that he wears. He began learning how to play the flute in fifth grade, and since then he has become a talented multi-instrumentalist. When Joey performs he always wears some sort of orange clothing, such as his orange tie.

“[Joey’s] so single-mindedly focused on music, that’s his one love. Some kids when they go home, they like to play video games. Joey goes home and he looks at scores or symphonies or he researches composers. That’s his entire life and it's so cool to watch that,” Jack said.

According to John, Joey’s musical inclination did not just start in the fifth grade, but rather when he was born.

“When he was a baby and we’d have classical music on, he would be moving his hands pretending he was conducting,” John said.

Joey not only plans to continue playing music for the next few years, but also continue wearing orange for the rest of highschool.

“It's sort of the first thing people say when they meet Joey or they find out how were related and they always ask ‘what's the reason’ and I sort of wish I had a better answer than, Joey loves the color orange,” Jack said.

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