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John Galgano: Man of many talents

Manhattanville College alumnus credits discipline of balancing college baseball with rigors of academics as setting the foundation for his life and career

John Galgano lives by a simple rule.

“Treasure every moment you have,” Galgano said. “It’s fleeting, but it will be in your mind forever.”

John Galgano, Manhattanville College. Photo: Manhattanville College athletics

Galgano, who used to kick up dust on the collegiate baseball diamond, is treasuring his moments in a different fashion these days.  Now he’s the general counsel and chief of staff at a college for the performing arts by day and performs on stage as a musician and improvisational comedian after hours.

In 2000, Galgano earned a bachelor’s degree in history while playing Division III baseball at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York.  A four-year starter and team captain for two years, he was named the Skyline Conference Rookie of the Year in 1997.

Galgano earned his law degree in 2003 from Pace University and is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the National Association of College and University Attorneys.

Seeking a creative outlet for his many passions, Galgano in the 1990s founded a band called IZZ – a New York-based progressive rock band.  Galgano performs on bass guitar and vocals alongside his brother, Tom. The seven-member group has released 11 albums and one live concert DVD over the past decade.  

John Galgano, Now

The band's unique name is derived from Galgano’s favorite major league baseball team, the New York Mets, and the nickname of its former relief pitcher, Jason “Izzy” Isringhausen.

Galgano used his business acumen to start a recording company called Doone Records Inc.  And to satisfy his taste for drama, he performs regularly in New York City with a comedy improvisation team, Improvolution.

In 2012, Galgano found a way to combine his vocation and avocation when he became general counsel and chief of staff for the American Musical and Dramatic Academy College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts, a college with campuses in New York City and Los Angeles.  Some would say if you do what you love, then you never have to work a day in your life. That’s Galgano.

He credits his days as a college athlete for shaping his professional success. Of the many traits he learned as a baseball player, Galgano said the ability to be part of a team is one that helps him regularly, especially in high-stress situations such as his musical and improvisational performances.

“It’s the ‘I’ve got your back’ mentality,” he said about a lesson learned through college sport that continues to serve him well.  


John Galgano
General counsel, chief of staff, musician, actor

Hometown: Port Chester, New York

Current City: New York City

School: Bachelor’s degree in history, Manhattanville College, 2000; Law degree, Pace University, 2003

Sport: Baseball

Fun Fact: The kitchen is another of Galgano’s playing fields, especially on Sunday mornings when he cooks up, as he describes, a mean deluxe Sunday brunch.

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