Mr. Isabelle (music director at FCMS), Mrs. Isabelle (music director at JCE), Lauren, and Devin.
My biggest fan when I was a young child – my MOM!
Started teaching music in 1989.
Taught in Elementary and Middle Schools as well as parochial schools.
BA Degree from UNF
AA Degree from CFCC
Florida Music Educator’s Association
Florida School Music Association
Florida Bandmasters Association
past member of International Association of Jazz Education
Florida Orchestra Association
National Association for Music Education
2018 – FCMS Jazz Ensemble Performs at Disney Springs
2017 – FCMS Jazz Ensemble Performs at Disney Springs
2017 – FCMS Jazz Ensemble Lakeside Jazz Festival Superior Ratings
2017 – FCMS Jazz Ensemble performed at the Apollo Theater NYC Jazz Festival
2017 – FCMS Jazz Ensemble Straight Superior Ratings
2016 – FCMS Jazz Ensemble Performs at Downtown Disney
2016 – FCMS Jazz Ensemble Superior Ratings
2016 – FCMS Jazz Ensemble Lakeside Jazz Festival Superior
2015 – FCMS Jazz Ensemble Performs at Downtown Disney
2015 – FCMS Jazz Ensemble Lakeside Jazz Festival Superior
2015 – FCMS Jazz Ensemble Straight Superior Ratings
2014 – FCMS Jazz Ensemble Performs at Downtown Disney
2014 – FCMS Jazz Ensemble performs at the NYC Jazz Festival at Lincoln Center
2013 – FCMS Jazz Ensemble Performs at Downtown Disney
2013 – FCMS Jazz Ensemble Lakeside Jazz Festival Most Outstanding Jazz Band
2012 – FCMS Jazz Ensemble Performs at Downtown Disney
2012 – FCMS Jazz Ensemble Lakeside Jazz Festival Most Outstanding Jazz Band
2012 – FCMS Jazz Ensemble Superior Ratings
2012 – FCMS Jazz Ensemble performed for the FMEA Conference
2001 – 2018 several Superior Ratings – Wind Symphony – Wind Ensemble – Jazz Ensemble
2007 – 2018 FCMS Jazz Ensemble Performs for Disney Magic Music Days
Pianist for the Florida Director’s Summer Reading Jazz Band 2016, 2018
Pianist for the Florida Director’s Reading Jazz Band 1996 – 2006
2004 Teacher Of The Year – FCMS
Mr. Isabelle began his music education in the 3rd grade. Educated in Suffolk County schools Long Island, NY until the 7th grade. Started on the violin and made All-State Long Island 1972. Moved to Florida and began playing Flute at Inverness Middle School. With the guidance of the school’s director, Mr. King, Mr. Isabelle was able to learn every instrument in the band. Half way through the 9th grade he switched to the trombone. He participated in the jazz band, marching band, and concert band becoming section leader in all areas. He participated in the school’s chorus as a pianist and bassist.
During his high school years, Citrus High School, Mr. Isabelle played professionally in a local jazz combo as a pianist. Attended Central Florida Community College in 1979 participating in the CFCC Stage Band One. Performed as a percussionist and vocalist with the Ocala Festival Orchestra and the Aeolian Players.
He performed with “Monday’s Finest”, a jazz sextet, earning 2nd place in the Walt Disney’s Jazz Combo competition in 1982. Mr. Isabelle also performed with several rock, jazz, country groups in the Ocala, Florida area.
Attended University of North Florida in Jacksonville in 1983 on a full music scholarship. Pianist in the inaugural jazz band at UNF.
Performed with many professional musicians such as; Tennessee Ernie Ford, Scott Whitfield – trombonist/vocalist, Waycross Express, Wing Tips, Celebration, and Close Enough For Jazz as well as a freelance musician. Participated in several Jacksonville Jazz Festivals.
Began teaching music at San Jose Catholic School and St. Joseph Catholic School 1989-1990. Joined St. Johns County Schools in 1991. Ketterlinus Elementary School 1991-1994, Murray Middle School 1994 – 2000, Gamble Rogers Middle School 2000-2001, Fruit Cove Middle School 2001- PRESENT.
2016 – 2018 Principal Euphonium for St. Augustine Community Band
2016 – 2018 Principal Euphonium for NE FL Conservatory and St Augustine Concert Band
2015/2016 Guest Conductor for the NE FL Conservatory Concert Band
2015/2016 Guest Conductor for the NE FL Conservatory Jazz Band
2015 Guest Conductor for San Juan Del Rio Catholic Church Orchestra
2013/2017 UNF Summer Jazz/Concert Band Clinician
2010 Generation Next Jazz Competition adjudicator.
Hickory Creek Elementary band festival
St. Johns Superintendent’s Honor Band
Adjudication experience with the St. Augustine Presentation of Bands
Certified Solo/Ensemble Adjudicator for the Florida Bandmasters Association
Certified Jazz Ensemble Adjudicator for the Florida Bandmasters Association
FBA Sight-Reading Adjudicator
Goal: To have every student learn how to “LOVE” their instrument. If they achieve this goal they will carry that love throughout their lives.