Pioneer Marching Band Staff

Mr. Larry Royer
Director

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-Director

The 2020 season will mark the 18th 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. Interestingly, Mrs. Royer was a member of the color guard at West Chester, and the two met on the field. He graduated West Chester in 1994, and since then, has earned his master's degree, also from West Chester.

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, one of whom is a member of the L-SMB and another of whom graduated in 2020.

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Benjamin Pontz
Assistant Director

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-Assistant Director

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, talked him into playing the baritone horn. Over the subsequent nine years, Ben would spend hundreds of hours in every band L-S had, and, a year after graduating, he returned to the program as an instructor. Since 2019, Ben has served as the Pioneer Marching Band's assistant director. He also coordinates the student leadership program.

Previously, Ben served as a music, marching, and student leadership instructor with the LSMB, working as a field technician throughout the season and instructing technique in visual and musical rehearsals. He has also worked extensively with the drum majors, and he helped to redesign and energize the LSMB's student leadership program. In addition, he is responsible for writing (and occasionally announcing) the program notes for the band's field shows.

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.

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.

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Mrs. Kristin Novak
Assistant Director

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-Assistant Director

Kristin Novak is a 2008 graduate of Manheim Central High School where she marched for five years. During her time with the Marching Barons, she served as a section leader, soloist, and drum major. Throughout high school she also participated in jazz band, spring musicals and various PMEA ensembles including All State Band and MENC (now nafme) All Eastern Band. She also earned both the John Phillip Sousa band award and Woody Herman jazz award in her senior year of high school.

In 2012, Kristin graduated from The Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University as a double major earning a Bachelors of Music in Trombone Performance and Music Education. During her college years, she also spent her summers wearing silly costumes and performing as a trombonist at various theme parks such as Dutch Wonderland, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, and Hershey Park.

Following her college graduation, Kristin took a teaching job outside of Baltimore City at Pikesville Middle School. Three years later she took a new job at North Harford Middle School in Harford County, MD and is currently the Director of Bands for grades 6, 7, and 8. Currently she teaches about 200 band students and runs a jazz band there. Kristin is also in the process of obtaining her masters degree in music education from Temple University. She hopes to graduate in December 2020.

Aside from music, Kristin enjoys running. She has participated in various 5k’s, 10k’s, Half Marathons, and Tough Mudders. She also ran her first (virtual) marathon this spring. When she isn’t teaching or running, you will likely find her hanging out at home in Willow Street with her husband Ryan and her two dogs, Wit and Luna.

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Amy Grier
Color Guard Instructor

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-Color Guard Instructor

Amy will be joining the Lampeter-Strasburg High School band program for the 2019 season as the L-S Color Guard Director. 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 will finish a master's degree in Biblical Studies at Capital Seminary, LBC in July 2019. Scott is Associate Pastor of Refton Brethren in Christ Church, a position that includes student ministry, adult community groups, preaching, and technology. He is a co-host of The LS Collective Podcast with three other youth pastors in the area.

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

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Will Esposito
Music & Marching Instructor

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-Music & Marching Instructor

Will Esposito is new to the L-SMB staff for the 2020 season. He will be serving as a music and marching instructor with broad responsibilities to help teach and coordinate music and movement in various sections. A graduate of Manheim Township High School, where he served as drum major in the marching band, Will is a music and history double major at Gettysburg College, where he studies trumpet with Dr. Steven Marx, Director of the Bullets Marching Band. Will was recently named a drum major of the Bullets Marching Band.

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