Director of Bands
Nathan Pepper is Director of Bands for Vancleave Schools. He is currently in his 17th year of teaching and serves as the Director of the Bulldog Pride Marching Band and Wind Ensemble.
Prior to being named Vancleave's D.O.B., Mr. Pepper served as an Assistant Band Director of Ocean Springs High School. Under his leadership, the OSHS Symphonic Winds earned consistent Superior ratings at the MHSAA State Concert Band Evaluation.
Mr. Pepper also assists with the award winning Blue-Grey Pride, taking them to 14 All-Superior performances at the MHSAA Marching Band Evaluation.
Mr. Pepper is a native of Raymond, MS and attended Hillcrest Christian School in Jackson, MS. Upon graduation, he attended The University of Southern Mississippi where he received his Bachelor of Music Education. Upon graduating from USM, Mr. Pepper attended The University of Tennessee in Knoxville where he began his graduate program and finished his Master of Music Education at The University of Southern Mississippi in 2011.
Mr. Pepper was a two year member of the Mississippi Lions All-State Band (1998 & 1999) and a member of The Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps in 2001, placing 7th in the World Competition. He is an active trombonist performing at First Baptist Church in Gulfport, MS. Mr. Pepper has been on staff with the Sounds of the South Band Camp in Poplarville, Mississippi and is a member of various professional music education organizations. Mr. Pepper is an active honor band clinician, and served as the Jazz Band Director for the MS Lions All-State Band from 2017 - 2019.
Mr. Pepper has been married to his wife, Brandy, for 15 years and they have two beautiful daughters, Olivia and Abigail.