Comprehensive Design for the Marching Arts

If your program is looking for a custom marching band production but you are not looking to break the bank, Across the Board is your answer! We have a team of experienced writers and designers to give you a show you will love at a price you will love even more.

All shows will include completely custom winds and percussion parts as well as drill designed specifically for your unique ensemble.

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Music Design/Arranger

His Career and Works

John has composed music for concert ensembles, marching bands, and short films. His work for the short film “The Shadows of Life” (2019) won Best Original Music/Score for the 48 Hour Film Festival in Atlanta, Georgia. His original concert compositions are often inspired by his personal experiences throughout his daily life and his travels. Performed by the Shorter University Symphonic Winds, “In the Crater of a Fallen Giant” was John’s first performed piece, and it was influenced by his trip to Crater Lake National Park. The story of the lake’s formation and the breathtaking views inspired a piece that he immediately began working on upon returning home. All of John’s works can be described as cinematic, expressive, captivating, and dynamic. John strives to convey a narrative in all his compositions, no matter the medium, to keep audiences in their seats and wanting more. 

His Story

John grew up in Rome, Georgia, where he found a love for music early on. Both his parents are musicians. His mother was an elementary music teacher, and his father was a multi-instrumentalist. John began learning violin at the age of five and eventually moved to piano at seven. This love for instruments led to his primary instrument, trombone. John had a particular interest in jazz music but also performed with his high school’s wind ensemble, musical pit orchestras, and marching band, as well as performing with the elite drum corps, Carolina Crown from 2009-2013. When he was younger, John was very introverted, and in his own words, would stay in his room, listening to film scores imagining the stories they were conveying. It was this passion that led him to leave band directing and become a composer for the stage and film, TV, and video games.

His Life 

Now, John lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee with his wife, new son, and their puppy. He continues to use his hobbies, travels, and experiences to inspire his music. During his free time, he loves to adventure in the woods, whether that is hiking, kayaking, or camping. 



Music Design/ Percussion Arranger

Josh Foust is a freelance educator and performer. He taught the front ensemble of Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps and is the Front Ensemble Coordinator forQ2. Josh performed with Music City Mystique and the Bluecoats. He has earned championships in both WGI and DCI. Josh has had the privilege to study under Clint Gillespie, Tony McCutchen, Andrew Lynge, Matt Jordan, Will Campbell, and others.​

- Jacksonville State University
- Marching Southerners
- Music City Mystique
- Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps
- 31 Percussion Quartet
- Spirit of Atlanta, Front Ensemble Staff
- Q2, Front Ensemble Coordinator



Visual Design

Tim Sexton is currently a doctoral teaching assistant at the University of Utah, helping Professor Scott Hagen and Dr. Mike Cottle with instrumental conducting and music technology respectively.  He was thankful to have served as a graduate assistant for Dr. Joe Tornello at Boise State University, for he was able to acquire a master’s degree in trumpet performance. Sexton taught as a middle school and high school band director in North West Georgia between his educational experiences, having also toured Japan as a professional performer with the cast of Blast! Brass Theater prior to that.  He acquired a bachelor of arts degree in music education from Jacksonville State University (AL). 

Sexton has been an active music educator for non-profit music organizations since 2012.  Tim is currently entering his third season as a brass instructor for The Cavaliers (IL) drum and bugle corps.  He has previously taught as a visual instructor for the Madison Scouts (WI) and Crossmen (TX) drum and bugle corps.  Sexton has also thankfully worked with WGI Winds groups since the activity’s inception, previously instructing and consulting for Ola High School (GA) and Point University (GA).  Both groups were proud to have received top three recognition in their respective classes at WGI Finals in Dayton, OH during their active years of performance. Tim is humbled to have co-founded Armada Winds alongside Frank Mastropaolo, having been named the Independent Open Champions at Portland’s WGI Regional in 2019.

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Graphic Design

Joey (Jordyn) Sacino is currently a student at Boise State University majoring in Games, Interactive Media, and Mobile Technology. The strongest skill sets in his work include web design and development, graphic design, and media editing. He also plays piccolo in the Blue Thunder Marching Band.

Before moving to Idaho and studying at Boise State, Joey grew up in Los Angeles and studied computer science and robotics throughout high school, as well as participated in the marching band and many other instrumental groups offered at his school. Currently, Joey utilizes his passion for music by working as a Woodwind Caption Head for Rocky Mountain High School, as well as his passion for technology by working various design jobs on campus at Boise State.

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