Gerald Maglio was a Graduate of Tampa University and began his teaching career at Lake Weir High School in 1963. He took over as the director at the newly renamed Forest High School for the 1970 school year. With the construction and completion of Vanguard High School, the school board opted to retire the name of "Ocala High" to allow the two city schools to be on equal footing moving into the future. The student body of Ocala High School chose the name Forest HS as the new name. Mr. Maglio took over for Harry Grant Jr, who oversaw the band programs during the split sessions the year prior. The current FHS Fight Song was first utilized under Mr. Maglio's direction as many of the traditions of Ocala High were updated or changed to allow Forest High School to move forward with a new identity and feel. Though enrollment after the split session was down, Mr. Maglio was able to bring new ideas to the program and introduced the first Lab Band (a precursor to Stage and Jazz Band) to FHS.
At the end of the school year, Mr. Maglio left Forest and took over as director at Osceola Middle School in order to better prepare students for high school band at Forest High School. Mr. Maglio passed away in 2000.