Meet the Conductor

Music Director, Jim McGonigal

Jim McGonigal, Music Director

Jim McGonigal has been the conductor and music director of the American Legion Symphonic Band since 2008.  After 20 years of highly successful conducting experience at both the high school and college level in Florida with brief sojourns out of state to Kansas and Ohio,  Jim transitioned to the business world where he worked for an additional 20 years in the nonprofit sector. During his professional music educator career, concert bands, marching bands and jazz ensembles under his direction were consistently rated among the best in the Southeastern United States and received numerous local and regional awards. Many of his former students have gone on to highly successful careers in teaching music and in professional performance.

Jim holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Florida State University and has completed all course work requirements for the Doctor of Music Education degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. His professional memberships have included The Florida Bandmaster’s Assn., The College Band Director’s National Assn., The National Band Assn. (charter member), as well as Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a national men’s music fraternity and Kappa Kappa Psi (honorary member), a national band fraternity. He has been a member of the Association of Concert Bands since 2009 and participates annually in the national convention concert band. Jim plays trombone with several local area big bands and also performs regularly with The New Presbyterian Church Brass Quintet and the Broward Brass.