The Westerville North High School Warrior Marching Band has a new director.
Sara Loney, 27, is leading the 49-member band, and she also will be teaching the concert bands and jazz band at North as well as assisting with classes at Heritage and Walnut Springs middle schools.
She said she's excited to be a part of the teaching staff of Westerville North and part of the Westerville community.
Loney said she looks forward to an exciting, fun and successful year with all of the students in the band program.
"We are so excited to have Sara as our new band director," said Kurt Yancey, Westerville North principal. "She brings so much energy to the program, is extremely dedicated to our young people, and is a tremendous addition to our team."
For the past two years, Loney has served as an assistant director and visual coordinator for the Westerville South High School Marching Band and has served as a consultant for the Worthington Kilbourne and Watkins Memorial high school marching bands and the Watkins Middle School concert bands.
She also worked as a visual designer, writing drill for five high school marching bands nationally, as part of the team at JJ Visual Design.
JJ Visual Design provides drill design, show imagery, body choreography, video commentary and consulting for marching bands across the country.
The president of the company is Jeremy Jorgenson.
Loney, a Columbus resident, received a master's degree in music education from Ohio State University in May.
During her time at Ohio State, she taught undergraduate music education courses, performed with the Ohio State University Wind Symphony and completed her master's project, An Exploration of Culturally Relevant Teaching in Band Classrooms.
Before her time at Ohio State, Loney taught both in northeast Ohio and Houston.
As both a band director and assistant band director, she taught beginning band, middle school band, high school band and music theory.
Under her direction, the high school bands at both Niles McKinley High School in Niles and Sam Rayburn High School in Pasadena, Texas, received superior ratings at their respective large-group adjudicated events.
Loney received a bachelor's degree in music education from Youngstown State University in 2014.
At Youngstown State, she performed with the Youngstown State University Wind Ensemble, the Dana Symphony Orchestra, Jazz I, the Industrial 5 Brass Quintet and the Youngstown State University Marching Pride.
She also served as head drum major for the Marching Pride and wrote marching drill for the ensemble as part of her honors thesis, Marching Band Drill Design.
In 2012, she performed on trumpet with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps in its program, "Unmasqued."