Adam Vernon-Young is the Director of Bands at Laing Middle School of Science and Technology. This is Mr. Vernon-Young’s fourth year with the Laing program, but his first in the head director position (2023). Under his direction, the Band has grown significantly in size and impact, receiving consistent Superior ratings from adjudicated performances, and leading the top ensemble to perform for the first time ever at the State Concert Festival this past year.
Mr. Vernon-Young received his Master of Arts in Teaching degree from the University of South Carolina, where he also previously received his Bachelors in Music Theory, as well as an Undergraduate Performance Certificate in Bass Trombone.
During his time at Carolina, Mr. Vernon-Young accumulated numerous performance and teaching credits, including playing with the USC Wind Ensemble, conducting one of the University Bands, and serving as a Graduate Assistant for two seasons with the University’s Marching Band. Other performance credits include being a finalist at the American Trombone Workshop National Solo Competition, and two years marching with the World Class Drum and Bugle Corps, Carolina Crown.
Mr. Vernon-Young is a regular instructor, consultant, and guest conductor with various groups across the Southeast, working with high school marching and concert programs, as well as University ensembles. He also currently serves on the brass staff of the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps from Lacrosse, WI. He is an avid arranger and composer, and writes for numerous competitive high school groups, as well as for the University of South Carolina’s own “Mighty Sound of the Southeast.” His professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education, and both alumni and honorary membership in the Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity.
Adam is excited to return to the DMI faculty and continue to learn and grow alongside the other instructors and attendees.