2017 Design Team Announced

Teddy Sullivan - Guard Designer

Teddy Sullivan is currently in his 14th year as Color Guard Coordinator at East Coweta High School and has been instructing in the area for over 22 years. While at East Coweta, the color guard has consistently received superior ratings as well as multiple first place rankings. The cadet winter guard has been the gold medalist in the Southern Association for Performance Arts (SAPA) for 11 of the past 12 years. For the past two years, the JV winter guard has been the SAPA bronze medalist, and this past year was the SAPA gold medalist in the Scholastic AA division. Under his direction, the varsity winter guard has been a Winter Guard
International (WGI) Regional Finalist for 12 years, 7 time WGI National Semi-Finalist, as well as the 2011 Pensacola WGI Regional Champion. In 2015, they were a WGI Scholastic A World Champion Finalist. In 2016, the varsity winter guard was the WGI Atlanta Regional Champion. Their score was high enough to be promoted up a division to Open Class, where they went on to make finals at WGI. In 2016, they were also the SAPA Open Class Gold Medalist. Mr. Sullivan attended Jacksonville State University where he was a member of the Marching Southerners. He was also a member of the DCI Finalist “Madison Scouts” Drum Corps from Madison Wisconsin.

Jim Foust - Battery Percussion Arranger

Jim has been a percussion instructor in the Knoxville area for the past
11 years and a middle school band director for the past 4 years. He
studied music education, under Mark Douglas, at the University of
Tennessee Knoxville where he developed his skills as a teacher and
player. Jim participated in the UT Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band,
Concert Band, Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, Pride of the Southland
Marching Band, and many other ensembles. To his credit he was a member
of the Spokane Thunder Drum and Bugle Corps in 2008 where he was under
the instruction of Jeff Willis and Anthony King. In 2010 he returned to
Spokane Thunder as a tech under Zac Robason. He is no stranger to
building drumlines and front ensembles and has helped start
many indoor groups in the Knoxville area, one of which won the first
place twice in the CIPA circuit. He has a passion for the marching arts
and is thrilled to be a part of Appalachian Sound’s Educational team.

McKinley Stinson, Jr. - Front Ensemble Arranger

McKinley Stinson, Jr. is the Director of Bands at Strong Rock Christian School in Locust Grove, Georgia. Before joining SRCS, Mr. Stinson was the percussion instructor at Allen University in Columbia, SC, Rockdale County High School in Conyers, Ga, Cambridge and Alpharetta High School in Alpharetta, GA. In addition to teaching and managing a private studio, McKinley is the co-founder of Atlanta based trio, North Star Percussion. Mr. Stinson has also performed with Tim Zimmerman and the King’s Brass, Habib Kiote, The Marcus Young Jazz Quintet, and Aretha Franklin at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA.

Mr. Stinson holds a Masters degree in Percussion Performance from Florida State University College of Music and a Bachelors degree in Percussion Performance from the University of South Carolina.   He is also an alumnus of the Aspen Music Festival and School, The International Festival at Round Top and the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps. His primary instructors include Dr. John W. Parks IV, Dr. Scott Herring, James Hall and Leon Anderson, Jr. He resides in East Point, GA with his lovely wife Jessica, a violinist, son, James Oliver, and their chocolate lab Rosie.

Christian Stephanos - Drill Designer

Christian Stephanos is the Director of Appalachian Sound and CEO of the non-profit organization, Musical Arts for Youth Development and Education, or MAYDE, based out of Atlanta, Georgia.  

Christian has been a part of the marching arts for the past ten years.  He began his marching career in at Harrison High School in Kennesaw, Georgia.  After graduating, he spent time in the Drum Corps Associates ensemble, Alliance before attending Georgia State University to pursue a degree in Music.  In the summers of 2012 and 2013, Christian marched baritone with the World Class drum and bugle corps, The Cadets, where he was an age-out in 2013. 

During the fall of 2012 and 2013, Christian taught with the Kell High School and Harrison High School marching bands, and from the 2014 season to the present, he has been the visual caption head and brass technician for the East Coweta Marching Band of Sharpsburg, Georgia. All three are consistent Bands of America competitors.  

Christian holds a degree in Music Performance from Georgia State University and currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia.  

Jordan Crawford - Brass Arranger

Jordan Crawford is a current student at Georgia State University, where he is finishing a degree in Journalism with a minor in Music. A native of Fayetteville, Georgia, Jordan has been involved in the marching arts for over ten years as a performer, instructor, and composer/arranger. Jordan was a charter member of the Georgia State University Panther Band and has also performed as a part of the GSU Symphonic Wind Orchestra, Concert Band, Brass Ensembles, Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble, and Basketball Pep Band on a variety of brass instruments. In 2014, Jordan was a mellophone performer with the DCA South Region champion Atlanta CV Drum and Bugle Corps.

As a composer and arranger, Jordan's work has been performed by Appalachian Sound Drum and Bugle Corps, the Georgia State University Panther Band and Basketball Pep Band, and several local brass ensembles among many others.

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