My Biography

John Dunlap has over 30 years of experience arranging, composing, and teaching in the percussion realm and proudly serves as an Educational Artist for Innovative Percussion Inc., Evans Drumheads, and Mapex/Majestic.

Mr. Dunlap is well known to educators, parents and students as a teacher who creates a positive and dynamic learning environment for students of all ages along the Eastern and Southern coastlines.

John grew up in a musical family and began composing music during his elementary school years. Composing all styles and genres of music he was drawn to movie soundtracks. After many years of different musical experiences he began focusing on the marching arts.

John has functioned in a number of capacities with many successful scholastic and independent educational youth organizations around the United States and South America including The Blue Devils, Jersey Surf, and Elite PIO. Many of these organizations are finalist and medalist in SoundSport, Drum Corps International, Drum Corps Associates, Bands of America, Winterguard International, as well as in numerous local marching band and indoor circuits.

Inducted into the Gulf Coast Circuit Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Louisiana Color Guard and Percussion Circuit in 2012, John currently resides along the Gulf Coast where he continues to focus on composing original scores for a variety of educational levels.

John currently serves as Percussion Representative, Advisory Board Member and Percussion Judging Coordinator for the LMCGPC, a position he has held for many years. He has also served as Circuit Director.

Mr. Dunlap is has written original scores for many indoor percussion ensembles including: Central Bucks West (PA), Hatboro Horsham (PA), Dorman (SC), Sumter (SC), Tate (FL), Choctaw (FL), Pace (FL), Daphne (AL), Harrison Central (MS), Biloxi (MS), Chattanooga Independent (TN), Virginia Helmsmen (VA), Scenic City Velocity (TN).

Keep in touch

John S. Dunlap
Managing Director/COO
Licks and Kicks Music, LLC
[email protected]

Notable Affiliations

Past Clients


Alma Bryant High School
Arnold High School
Bayside Academy
Daphne High School
Davidson High School
Fairhope High School
Foley High School
Gulf Shores High School
Robertsdale High School
Satsuma High School
Spanish Fort High School
University of Mobile


Choctaw High School
Crestview High School
Fletcher High School
Fort Walton Beach High School
Milton High School
Navarre High School
Pace High School (GO PATRIOTS!!)
J.M. Tate High School
Cynosure Independent
University of West Florida


Martinsville High School


Catholic High School
Destrehan High School
E.D. White Catholic High School
Iowa High School
Lafayette High School
St. Amant High School
Thibodaux High School
Zachary High School


Rome High School


Surrattsville High School


Biloxi High School
Brandon High School
Brookhaven High School
D’Iberville High School
Gulfport High School
Grenada High School
Hancock High School
Harrison Central High School
Kosciusko High School
Long Beach High School
Madison Central High School
North Rankin High School
Ridgeland High School
St. Martin High School
St. Stanislaus Catholic High School
Vancleave High School
Warren Central High School
West Harrison High School
Gulf Coast Community College
University of Southern Mississippi

New Jersey

Hammonton High School
Holy Cross High School
Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps


Ben Salem High School
Central Bucks West High School
Downingtown High School
Hatboro Horsham High School
Huntingdon High School
Northern Lehigh High School
Pottsgrove High School
Parkland High School
Quakertown High School
Upper Moreland High School
Western Wayne High School
Chieftains Drum and Bugle Corps
Volunteers Drum and Bugle Corps

South Carolina

Dorman High School
South Pointe High School
Sumter High School
Carolina Force Independent


Soddy Daisey High School
Chattanooga Independent
Scenic City Independent


Monahans High School
University of Texas El Paso


Richmond High School
Virginia Helmsmen Independent

Bogata Columbia South America

Medellin Gran Banda

Reach me

John S. Dunlap
Managing Director/COO
Licks and Kicks Music, LLC
[email protected]