Pioneer Marching Band Staff

Mr. Larry Royer

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The 2023 season will mark the 21st at the helm of the Lampeter-Strasburg High School band program for Mr. Larry Royer. He also directs the concert and jazz bands at both the high school and at Martin Meylin Middle School. Prior to his return to L-S, he served as the band director of Ephrata High School from 1994 until 2002.

Mr. Royer is a graduate of Lampeter-Strasburg High School (class of 1990), and was a member of the Pioneer Marching Band in the late 1980s, the peak years of competition. Throughout his musical career, his principal instrument has been the trombone, and, although he was never a drum major, he wishes he had tried out. He did, however, participate in a myriad of festivals including All-State Band.

After graduating L-S, Mr. Royer attended West Chester University, where he was a member of the Incomparable Golden Rams marching band. There, he met Mrs. Royer, a member of the color guard at West Chester. He graduated West Chester in 1994, and since then, has earned his master's degree, also from West Chester. He has done additional graduate work in conducting at Messiah University.

Mr. Royer was among the group of band directors that created the Lancaster County Marching Band Coalition in 2014. For the 2020 season, the coalition acknowledged its expansion throughout south-central and southeastern Pennsylvania by renaming itself the Pennsylvania Marching Band Coalition. He ranks rethinking marching band and developing the jazz program at L-S as the two most important accomplishments of his professional career.

Mr. Royer lives in Strasburg. He has three sons, two of whom have graduated, and one of whom is in eighth grade.

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Mr. Robert Shaubach
Assistant Director & Staff Arranger

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- Assistant Director & Staff Arranger

Mr. Rob Shaubach rejoined the L-SMB staff in 2021 as staff arranger and assistant director. He works extensively with the woodwinds. Mr. Shaubach is director of orchestras, grades 4-12, in the Lampeter-Strasburg School District and also directs the pit orchestra for musicals. He has been a teacher at L-S since 2001. Previously, he directed elementary school band and high school band, and, prior to his arrival at L-S, was an instrumental music teacher (band and orchestra) in the Manheim Township School District.

Mr. Shaubach is a graduate of Pequea Valley High School and Millersville University, and he earned his master's degree from Boston University. He currently serves as President of District 7 of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA). An accomplished woodwind performer, he plays with Allegro Chamber Orchestra and in the pit orchestra at the Fulton Theatre.

Mr. Shaubach lives in Lancaster with his wife Carol and daughter Missy. On school days the entire family can be found on the L-S Campus as Mrs. Shaubach serves food in the Hans Herr cafeteria and Missy is an L-S student. When not teaching or performing, Mr. Shaubach enjoys camping, collecting and operating toy trains, and driving his 1972 Chevrolet C-10 pickup truck.

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Benjamin Pontz
Assistant Director, Student Leadership Coordinator & Drill Writer

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-Assistant Director Student Leadership Coordinator & Drill Writer

One day during the fall of 2007, Benjamin Pontz walked into a closet-turned-lesson room at Hans Herr Elementary School, where Mr. Larry Royer, in his first year as director of the fourth grade band——absolutely terrified——talked him into playing the baritone. Over the subsequent nine years, Ben would spend hundreds of hours in every band L-S had. Ben graduated from L-S High School in 2016 after serving two years as drum major and president of the LSMB in its first two years as a member of the Lancaster County Marching Band Coalition. In high school, Ben also played in concert band, jazz band, orchestra, and pit orchestra.

In 2017, he returned to the program as a music and marching instructor. Since 2019, Ben has served as the Pioneer Marching Band's assistant director. He also coordinates the student leadership program, working extensively with the drum majors. In addition, he is responsible for writing (and occasionally announcing) the program notes for the band's field shows. Beginning in 2023, Ben also writes the band's drill.

Ben graduated from Gettysburg College in 2020 with a music minor in addition to a double major in political science and public policy. At Gettysburg, he played in the Bullets Marching Band, with which he served as drum major for two years, as well as in the Wind Symphony, with which he toured Europe and recorded a CD. Beyond Gettysburg, he has participated in various musical endeavors at Chestnut Level Presbyterian Church. He recently completed a master's degree program on a Fulbright Scholarship at the University of Manchester, where he played in the university's brass band. Presently, he is a student at Harvard Law School.

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Amy Grier
Color Guard Instructor

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-Color Guard Instructor

Amy Grier has served as color guard instructor for the L-S Marching Band since 2019. She is a key member of the band's visual design team and also works to select and train student leaders. Amy is a graduate of Lampeter-Strasburg High School, Class of 2014. She was a member of both the drumline as a bass drum player and a member of the color guard. She was also a part of the indoor color guard program for all four years of her high school career, which included a period in which the guard ranked in the top 50 groups in the World Guard International Scholastic Open Class.

After graduating from L-S, Amy attended college at The Pennsylvania State University. While attending Penn State, Amy participated in the Penn State Marching Blue Band. She was in the Silk line for all four years and spent two of those years as a captain. As a member of the Blue Band, Amy had the opportunity to perform at the Pinstripe Bowl, Taxslayer Bowl, Rose Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, and the Big Ten Championships. A few of her favorite moments from being in the Blue Band were performing in Beaver Stadium in front 107,000 fans, and marching in the Rose Bowl and Fiesta Bowl parades.

Amy graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Systems Engineering in May 2018. After graduation, Amy was married to her husband, Jason, in June. She is thankful to have had lasting experiences in the marching band community in both high school and college, and is excited to be back in Lancaster to work with her Alma Mater.

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Scott MacFeat
Percussion Instructor

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-Percussion Instructor

Percussion Instructor Scott MacFeat joined the L-S Marching Band staff in 2018, but his career as a drummer has spanned more than three decades since 1986, when he was three years old. Scott took drumming lessons for 15 years from local jazz teacher Larry Donley and drummed his way through Hempfield High School as a member of Marching Band, Jazz Band, Pit Orchestra, Orchestra, Talent Shows, Pep Band, etc. He graduated Hempfield in 2001, and, in the intervening years, has been teaching drumming lessons part time.

Scott graduated from Lancaster Bible College in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in Pastoral Ministry, and he completed a master's degree in Biblical Studies at Capital Seminary, LBC in July 2019. Scott is Pastor of Refton Brethren in Christ Church.

Scott has been married to his wife Amanda since 2007 and have adopted their son Alex and daughter Morgan.

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