Matthew Schabowsky – Director of Bands
Mr. Schabowsky is an active performer, arranger, and music educator in Central Florida. After graduating from Melbourne High School, Mr. Schabowsky attended college at the University of Florida where he was a member of the Wind Ensemble, played lead alto in the jazz ensemble for 3 years, and was a member of the UF ‘Graduate’ Saxophone Quartet. Mr. Schabowsky was the winner of the 2004 Northwest Florida Symphony Young Artist Competition, and was a featured soloist with the orchestra that year. After his time at UF, Mr. Schabowsky transferred to USF to earned a BA in Music with an emphasis Jazz Performance.
Mr. Schabowsky was a member of the 2004 and 2005 Disney Collegiate All-Star Bands, serving as student leader in 2005. From 2006-2008, he was a substitute musician in Disney’s Tunetown Tuners, the saxophone quartet performing in the Magic Kingdom. He also was the lead saxophonist for the 2006-7 US National tour of “I Can’t Stop Loving You: The Music of Ray Charles. Mr. Schabowsky’s performance credits include the Jimmy Dorsey, the Nelson Riddle, and Harry James Orchestras, as well as performances with Toni Lynn Washington, Bobby McFerrin, Mr. Schabowsky was the director of bands at St. Lucie West Centennial High School from 2008-2012. During his time there, the band received consistant Superior Ratings at Marching and Concert MPA’s. Mr. Schabowsky is entering his third year of teaching at Eau Gallie High School.
Dillon Swift – Associate Director of Bands
Mr. Swift is originally from the Space Coast area but has gone on to perform and teach all over the world. After graduating from Satellite High School he attended the University of South Florida where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Trombone Performance. He then received a Fulbright Grant to continue his studies in Germany. During this time he performed extensively with professional and student ensembles in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Italy, Spain, France, Denmark, Russia, and Japan. He was also a finalist in two international solo competitions at the International Trombone Festival and was a leading member of the 1st Prize Trombone Choir at the same festival in 2012. After three years in the Orchestral Trombone Master’s program at the Hochschule for Musik und Theater in Rostock, where he studied under the principal trombone on the Deutsche Oper Berlin, he moved back to Florida and began teaching locally. In January, 2016 he assumed his position at Eau Gallie High School.