Allegory area represents Mansfield’s commitment to the arts, education, sports and veterans.
Jim Gallo (1928- 2015) , Mansfield High School Bandleader (1959-1980) and trumpet player.
As a young boy, Jim fell passionately in love with the trumpet. He formed his own band as a 7th grader in Roslindale, MA and was also an enthusiastic participant in the Holy Name CYO band there. He was a graduate of Boston University where he earned a Bachelor’s and later a Master’s degree in music. While at BU, he joined and actively recruited his classmates for the 215th Army Band in Boston.
Following his graduation from BU, Jim was hired by the Mansfield Public Schools to start a band program. Beginning with 11 students, he worked tirelessly to develop the Mansfield High School ‘Hornet’ Band into the marching powerhouse it became in the 60’s and 70’s, numbering more than 125 members. The organization soon became one of the finest marching bands in New England, garnering a bevy of trophies and first place awards. Its performance venues included the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade, New York’s World’s Fair, Disney World, Fenway Park with the Red Sox, Gillette Stadium with the Patriots, and countless music festivals and other parades.
At the same time, Mansfield’s concert band grew and prospered. During Jim’s tenure, the band traveled from Maine to Virginia, participating in 17 exchange concerts with other high school groups. His premier travel adventure came, however, in 1977, when he took the band, drill team and color guard on a 17 day concert tour of Ireland.
Alongside his Mansfield achievements, Jim was also the music director for St. William’s CYO band of Dorchester, MA, where his students consistently came away from CYO competitions with first place awards. He also worked with other CYO bands in the Boston area including St. Kevin’s, St. Peter’s and St. Joseph’s of Medway.
On many weekends, Jim managed to find time to perform with area dance and stage bands, accompanying such greats as Tony Bennett and Sammy Davis, Jr. He also performed under Arthur Fiedler at the Boston Pops Esplanade concerts.
Following his ‘retirement’ from Mansfield in 1980, Jim began a second career when he was hired to start a middle school band in Punta Gorda, FL. Like his band in Mansfield, the Punta Gorda group expanded and prospered and was the first middle school band to perform at Disney World. Jim’s latest musical associations included playing with several Dixie groups as well as the North Port Concert Band and the Port Charlotte Concert Band.
He was inducted into the Massachusetts Drum Corps and Music Educators Hall of Fame in 2015. In that same year, James Gallo died in North Port, Fl.
John Berry, Principal of MHS from 1879 to 1908.
The John H. Berry School was built in 1915 in honor of Mr. Berry. In 1981 it was closed and dormant for over 15 years, until the YMCA leased it in 1997 and is using it today.
High School Sports teams represented by 12 high school sports and Coach Mike Redding from 1998 to 2015. Pictured is baseball, cheerleading, football, coach, volleyball, field hockey, soccer, boy’s and girl’s basketball, wrestling, track and field.
Army Specialist, 3rd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Died November 12, 2008, Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Lieutenant S. Crocker Lovell, led calvary unit that gave Gen. Robert E. Lee an honorable escort.