Mr. Pepper began his teaching career as Director of Bands at Mize Attendance Center in Mize, MS in 2005, and has been with the Ocean Springs HS Band since 2006. He 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, The Coast Big Band, The Entertainment Cartel, and The Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Pepper has been on staff with the Sounds of the South Band Camp in Poplarville, Mississippi, he is a member of various professional organizations, and he is the Secretary and Webmaster for the Gulf Coast Band Director Association. Mr. Pepper is an active band clinician, and in the summer of 2017 & 2018 he served as the Jazz Band Director for the MS Lions All-State Band.
Mr. Pepper has been married to his wife, Brandy, for 13 years and they have two beautiful daughters, Olivia and Abigail.