TMAC Past President, 2020-2021
Jim Egger served as the Director of Fine Arts for McAllen ISD beginning in the Fall of 2014. Prior to this position, Mr. Egger was the Director of Bands at McAllen High School, a position he held from 2002-2014. While at McHi, the bands under his direction excelled. In 2004, the McAllen High School Marching Band advanced to the UIL State Marching Band Contest for the first time in over 20 years. The McAllen High School Wind Ensemble was also awarded Sweepstakes at UIL Concert & Sightreading Contest every year that Mr. Egger was at McAllen High School. The Wind Ensemble also advanced to the Area Round of the TMEA Honor Band Competition the last three times for his biennial event. In 2013 the Music Department of McAllen High School was awarded as a National Semifinalist with the Grammy In Schools Grant. Before arriving at McAllen High School, Mr. Egger served as an assistant band director at McAllen Nikki Rowe High School for ten years. While at Rowe High School, he started the Award-Winning Rowe High School Jazz Band and also directed the Concert Band. The Rowe HS Concert Band was the first sub non-varsity band in McAllen ISD history to be awarded Superior Ratings in Concert and the Sweepstakes Award at UIL. Mr. Egger began teaching in McAllen ISD in 1988 as an assistant band director at McAllen Memorial High School.
Mr. Egger has presented clinics at the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association Conventions and the Texas Music Administrators Conference Fall Retreat as well as several school districts in the Rio Grande Valley. He has also served as a band clinician for several high school and middle school bands in Edcouch-Elsa, Edinburg, Harlingen, Hidalgo, La Joya, McAllen, Mission, PSJA, Rio Grande City, Roma, San Benito and Sharyland. Mr. Egger has been the clinician of TMEA Region Jazz Bands in Region 15 & 28. He has also conducted All-City Bands for Edinburg CISD, McAllen ISD, Mission CISD and PSJA ISD. Mr. Egger has as the Rio Grande Valley TUBACHRISTMAS Coordinator for the past thirty years. This event has become one of the largest of its kind in the United States.
It was an honor for Mr. Egger to serve as the Texas Music Administrators Assoication President for 2020-2021. Serving during the COVID-19 Pandemic was a challenge but in the end, TMAC has become more connected and calibrated than ever before. Through the resilience of the membership, the future is very bright for TMAC. Mr. Egger has slso served as the TMEA Region 15 President, Vice President, Band Division Chairman, Band Division Vice Chairman and Jazz Chairman. He has also served as a member of the TMEA State Board and the UIL Music Advisory Committee. Mr. Egger is also one of the founding members of the Rio Grande Valley Band Director Hall of Fame Committee, the first of its kind in the state of Texas. Earlier this year, a new entity, the Texas Arts Education Campaign was formed, and Mr. Egger serves as one of the founding Board Members.
He received his Bachelor of Music Education and Masters of Music Performance (Trombone) from the University of Mississippi.
Professional memberships include Phi Beta Mu, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Life Member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia - Professional Music Fraternity, International Trombone Association, Life Member of Phi Kappa Phi.
The most treasured aspect of Mr. Egger’s life is his wife Sandy and three children, Jay, Emily, and Jack. Mr. Egger and his wife now reside in Georgetown and love the Texas Hill Country!