Isaac Schwartz is currently the band director at Winneconne Middle School in Winneconne, WI where he directs the 6th grade band, 7th/8th grade band, jazz band, pep band, modern band, and teaches kindergarten music. Prior to teaching in Winneconne, Isaac taught band in West Fargo, ND for five years and in Clintonville, WI for two years. During his time in Clintonville, Isaac was the trumpet player for the popular variety band Boogie and the Yo-Yo'z. Together with the group he traveled all over Wisconsin as well as into Iowa, Florida, and Arizona, performing over 70 shows each year. Isaac is now a member of Vento Winds, a wind ensemble in Appleton dedicated to high-quality musicianship and music education. Isaac graduated from Lawrence University in 2011, and completed his master’s degree in Music Education from Ithaca College in 2019. He has studied trumpet with John Daniel, Frank Campos, Tom Strait, and Jeremy Brekke. In his spare time he enjoys running, composing, and spending time with his wife, Mary Kate.
What is your favorite thing about working at the Community Music School?
I enjoy meeting new students and helping them reach their potential.
What is one of your favorite quotes?
“The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.”
- Abraham Lincoln
What is your favorite thing to do?
Aside from playing music I enjoy running and get outside whenever I can.
Who or what is your biggest inspiration?
Listening to other musicians play inspires me to compose and practice. Some of my favorite trumpet players are Hakan Hardenberger and Miles Davis. Some of my favorite songwriters/bands are Sufjan Stevens, The Beatles, and Old Crow Medicine Show.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?
Australia and New Zealand, I've just always wanted to go.
If you could play one instrument you are not able to play now, what would it be?
Bassoon! I love the sound.
If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be and why?
For one day I would probably pick something like firefighter, fighter jet pilot, or astronaut, just to see what it's like.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
Teleportation - no more airplanes!