Music Director

Neil Jenkins, Music Director

Neil E. Jenkins is in his 24th season at the Central Campus of Broward College as Music Director of the Broward Symphonic Band, a community band of college, high school and adult members.  He taught for 21 years as Director of Bands at J. P. Taravella High School in Coral Springs and 40 years as a public school teacher in Florida before his retirement in June 2010. 

Ensembles under his direction have consistently earned “Superior” ratings at District and State level performances, and many of his students were yearly participants in several of the outstanding honor bands throughout Florida. 

Bands under his direction have participated in such events as the Kentucky Derby Parade, Indy 500 Parade, Peach Bowl Parade, Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade, Orange Bowl Parade, with concert performances in Europe on three different occasions, and has been seen on the NBC Today Show.  Other performances include two appearances at the prestigious Bands of America National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis, the London New Year’s Day Parade, the American Festival of Bands in Rome, Italy, the Florida Music Educators Association State Conference “President’s Concert”, and the 2009 Presidential Inauguration Parade in Washington D.C. 

During the summer of 2006, 2008, 2010, & 2012, Mr. Jenkins was the band conductor and tour director for the Florida Ambassadors of Music Concert Tour, performing in six countries throughout Europe.  

Jenkins is an honorary member of the John Philip Sousa Foundation “Legion of Honor” and a recipient of the “Oliver Hobbs” award from the Florida Bandmasters Association for outstanding and consistent achievement as a music educator.  He is a member of the Florida Bandmasters Association Hall of Fame, was selected as the J. P. Taravella High School “2010 Teacher of The Year”, and was later selected as one of the six finalists for Broward County 2011 Teacher of the Year.  Mr. Jenkins was also selected as the Broward County “Arts Teacher of the Year” for 2010.  He is a member of the FBA, FMEA, NAfME, ASBDA, Phi Beta Mu Honorary Music Fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and the National Band Association. 

Mr. Jenkins currently serves the Florida Bandmasters Association as their Executive Director, in charge of day-to-day operations.


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