Mohamad Schuman is Director of Bands for the Ocean Springs School District in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Prior to this appointment, he was a tenured Associate Professor of Music and Associate Director of Bands at The University of Southern Mississippi. Under his leadership, the Southern Miss Symphonic Winds served as the official university-performing ensemble at the 2013 Mississippi Bandmasters Association Convention. During his tenure at Southern Miss, Dr. Schuman additionally taught courses in Conducting, Instrumental Methods and Administration, and graduate Wind Band Literature. He served as Director of The Pride of Mississippi Marching Band during their acceptance and subsequent appearance in the 2010 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Dr. Schuman was also a member of the instructional staff for the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. Prior to his university position, he successfully taught in the public schools of Mississippi for more than sixteen years.
During Dr. Schuman’s tenure at Stone High School, his bands established a reputation that gained state, regional, and national acclaim. In addition to winning five state marching band championship titles, his bands received consistent superior ratings in concert, sight-reading, and marching and participated in special performances at various prestigious events including the 2001 Midwest Clinic, the 2001 and 2006 Southern Instrumental Conductors Conference, the 2001 Mississippi Bandmasters Association Convention, the 2002 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and the 2005 Inaugural Parade for President George W. Bush.
Dr. Schuman has twice been honored by the National Band Association with its Citation of Excellence and was selected as one of three national winners of the 2004 NBA International Conducting Symposium where he rehearsed and conducted the Italian Army Band in Rome. He has been named the state and regional winner of the ASBDA-UMI Distinguished Band Director Award (1998), named Star Teacher for Stone High School (2003, 2005, 2010), named GCBDA High School Band Director of the Year (1997, 1999), and honored by the Delta chapter of Phi Beta Mu with the Mississippi Band Director of the Year Award in 2003.
Dr. Schuman holds both the Bachelor and Master of Music Education Degrees from The University of Southern Mississippi where he studied with Dr. Thomas V. Fraschillo and the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Conducting from the University of South Carolina where he studied with Professor James K. Copenhaver. Dr. Schuman is a contributing writer for three editions of Teaching Music through Performance in Band (Volume 9, Volume 10, and the Middle School edition). He enjoys numerous clinic and judging invitations and has made four lecture appearances at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago. He is a member of various professional organizations and is an elected member of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association.
Ocean Springs High School
6701 Old Spanish Trail
Ocean Springs, MS 39564
Nathan Pepper is an Assistant Director of Bands at Ocean Springs High School. He is currently in his 12th year of teaching, and he serves as an Assistant Director of the Blue-Grey Pride, the Director of the OSHS Symphonic Band, the Director of the OSHS Jazz Band, and the 6th Grade Low Brass class instructor. Under his baton, the OSHS Concert and 9th Grade Varsity Bands have earned consistent Superior ratings at the Gulf Coast Band Directors Association Festival. He has assisted with the award winning Blue-Grey Pride, taking them to 9 All-Superior performances at the Mississippi High School Activities Association Marching Evaluation.
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.
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. Mr. Pepper 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 has been married to his wife, Brandy, for 11 years and they have two beautiful daughters, Olivia and Abigail.
Elizabeth Jackson, head director of the Ocean Springs Middle School Band, has spent the past five years as an Assistant Band Director at Ocean Springs Middle School. A native of Brandon, Mississippi, and graduate of Northwest Rankin High School, Miss Jackson attended the University of Southern Mississippi. After graduating summa cum laude from USM with studies in music education and history, she went on to receive her Master of Music Education while working as a graduate assistant for the USM Bands. During her time at USM she had the honor of conducting the USM Wind Ensemble as well as the Federazione Bande Siciliane in Sicily, Italy. She was also was a member of the band staff that led the Pride of Mississippi Marching Band to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Miss Jackson performed as a member of the USM Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Winds, Symphony Orchestra, and the Southern Miss Steel Pan Orchestra (SoMiSPO). Her primary instructors included clarinet professors Dr. Gregory Oakes and Dr. Jonathan Holden, as well as conducting pedagogue Dr. Thomas V. Fraschillo.
After completing her studies at USM, Miss Jackson moved to Ocean Springs to start her career in 2011. In her current duties as head director at Ocean Springs Middle School, she oversees all band classes at both OSMS and OS Upper Elementary. She leads the "All-Superior" OSMS Symphonic Band, the Varsity Band, and the beginner clarinet and double reed class. In her time as the assistant director, the Concert Band consistently earned Superior ratings each year at the Gulf Coast Band Directors Association Concert Festival.
Miss Jackson maintains an active clarinet studio with students from around the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Her students continually rank in the Mississippi All-State Lions Band each year. In 2014 Miss Jackson was named the Gulf Coast Band Director’s Association 2013-2014 Middle School Band Director of the Year.
In addition to her everyday duties as a band director, Miss Jackson serves as a co-coordinator of the USM Pride of Mississippi’s Alumni Band. She is on staff with the Sounds of the South Band Camp, and has also worked the Mississippi All-Star Band Camp in Raymond. She enjoys playing Bb and Eb clarinet as a member of the Mississippi Wind Symphony each summer.
Cam Roberts serves as the percussion instructor for Ocean Springs instrumental students. Beginning his teaching career with the Blue-Grey Pride in 2014, Mr. Roberts directs the high school battery and front ensemble, high school percussion ensemble, and assists all symphonic bands during concert season. He instructs 6th grade Beginner Band percussion and middle school percussion students. He is an active member of Gulf Coast Band Directors’ Association and the Percussive Arts Society.
Mr. Roberts holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Southern Mississippi where he performed with the Pride of Mississippi, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, and USM Orchestra under conductors Dr. Mohamed Schumann, Dr. Thomas V. Fraschillo, Dr. Catherine Rand, and Dr. Jay Dean. He was selected as one of the student soloists to perform Ney Rosauro’s Concerto for Marimba and Wind Ensemble with the university Wind Ensemble in 2013. As a member of the USM Percussion Studio, his primary instructor was Dr. John Wooton along with studio assistants Dr. Brian Cheesman, Dr. Jason Mathena, Mr. Andrew Gilstrap. Mr. Roberts was a member of the USM Percussion Ensemble and SoMiSPO Steel Pan Orchestra.
Other performance opportunities Mr. Roberts has enjoyed include being a section instrumentalist for the productions of Sweeny Todd, Hairspray, The Music Man, and Sunset Boulevard. He has also enjoyed performing with Main Street Baptist Church of Hattiesburg, Meridian Symphony Orchestra, and Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra.
A native of Lucedale, Mississippi, Mr. Roberts was a six-year participant of the Southeast Mississippi Band Clinics and a four-year participant of the Gulf Coast Band Clinic and Solo and Ensemble adjudications. He was a member of the MHSAA Band Clinic in 2008 and of the Mississippi Lions All-State Band of 2009. During high school, his primary percussion instructors were Mr. Artie Adams, Mr. Nathan Mercer, Dr. Jeff Grant, and Dr. Brian Cheesman.
Steven Kershaw is in his second year as an Assistant Director of Bands at Ocean Springs High School. Mr. Kershaw is a native of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He attended St. Stanislaus High School. Upon graduation, he attended The University of Southern Mississippi where he earned a Bachelor Degree in Music Education. While at Southern Miss, his primary teachers included saxophone instructor Dr. Lawrence Gwozdz, bassoon instructor Dr. Kim Woolly, and directors Dr. Thomas Fraschillo, and Dr. Mohamad Schuman.
Mr. Kershaw began his teaching career in 2011, working for the Lauderdale County School District at Clarkdale Attendance Center. From 2012 to 2014, Mr. Kershaw was the Director of Bands at Pearl River County School District in Carriere, Mississippi. In 2014, Mr. Kershaw was a Graduate Assistant in Music Education at the University Of Southern Mississippi where he is currently completing his Master of Music Education.
His current duties at Ocean Springs School District include working as an Assistant Director of the Blue-Grey Pride, the Director of the OSHS Concert Band, and the 6th grade Saxophone and Flute class.
In addition to his teaching duties, Mr. Kershaw is an active performer and is currently the Principal Alto Saxophonist in the Mississippi Wind Symphony located in Jackson, Mississippi during the summer months. Mr. Kershaw has been married to his wife Nicole for five years and has one daughter, Melody. They currently reside in Florence, Mississippi.
Cody Morrow is in his first year as the Assistant Band Director at Ocean Springs Middle School. A native of Toledo, Ohio, and graduate of Ridgeland High School (Ridgeland, MS), Mr. Morrow attended the University of Southern Mississippi and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education.
While at Southern Miss, Mr. Morrow performed with the Pride of Mississippi, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Labs, and USM Orchestra under conductors Dr. Mohamad Schuman, Dr. Catherine Rand, and Dr. Jay Dean. His primary instructors were trumpet professor Dr. Jason Bergman and assistant professors of music education Dr. Amanda Schlegel and Dr. Mark Waymire.
His current duties at Ocean Springs School District include leading the OSMS Concert Band, Jazz Band, as well as the beginner trumpet and horn class.