Mr. Vernon, Director of Choral Activities at Gulfport High School, is also the Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church of Gulfport. Daniel earned a Bachelor’s degree in Instrumental and Choral Music Education as well as a Masters degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Southern Mississippi. He is a native of the Mississippi Gulf Coast where he has been active in Theatre, Musical Theatre, and Opera, directing and performing in productions for the past 25 years. He is an active accompanist, voice instructor and adjudicator for the State of Mississippi as well as the Southeastern United States. Daniel is active ACDA as well as Nafme. He is serving as Repertoire and Standards chair on the State Board of Mississippi for ACDA as well as previously serving as High School Division Secretary for the Mississippi Music Educators Association. He has conducted his choirs across the country as well as internationally. Ensembles under his direction and conducting have performed Chicago, San Antonio, Nashville, Orlando, Hollywood, Carnegie Hall in New York City, as well as abroad in Merida, Salzburg, Vienna, and Prague. Under Mr. Vernon’s Direction as Warren Central High School, his choirs were invited to perform at the Mississippi ACDA Choral Conference in 2013. He has also received the honor of the 2012 Mississippi Young Music Educator of the Year. He and his beautiful wife Mary reside in Orange Grove, MS with their 3 year old daughter Abbie, and 1 year old Samuel.
Jessica C. Dunlap
Mrs. Jessica Dunlap, Assistant Director of Choral Activities at Gulfport High School, is very excited to begin her first year working with high school students. Jessica earned her Bachelor's Degree in Instrumental Music Education at the University of Southern Mississippi.
Before her time began at Gulfport High School, Mrs. Dunlap served as the Choir Director at Gulfport Central Middle School, and as the Music and Strings teacher at Pass Road Elementary.
Mrs. Dunlap is originally from Pensacola, FL,, and is married to John Dunlap who is a band director at St. Martin High School. Mr. and Mrs. Dunlap enjoy various music projects, have their own business "Percussionalities" and enjoy spending their time with their two dogs - Heidi and Cooper, and their cat Fudge.