Sara Loney has been involved in marching activities since 2006. She completed her undergraduate honors thesis in Marching Band Drill design utilizing Pyware in 2013 and has been writing for high school marching bands and winterguards since 2014. Sara performed with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps. on trumpet in their 2012 program, Unmasqued. She has taught high school marching band in Houston, Texas and Ohio.
Sara holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education, summa cum laude, from Youngstown State University where she was the Head Drum Major and wrote drill for the Youngstown State Marching Pride. As both a Head Band Director and Assistant Band Director, she has 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 (Niles, OH) and Sam Rayburn High School (Pasadena, TX) received superior ratings at their respective large group adjudicated events.
Sara is currently a full-time student at The Ohio State University working on a Master of Arts in Music Education. She performs in the Ohio State Wind Symphony and her current research interest is strategies to improve students’ practice motivation. Sara is also the Visual Coordinator for the Westerville South High School Marching Band and a Visual Consultant for the Worthington Kilbourne Marching Band. In these positions, she teaches marching technique, body movement basics, and dance basics, and she also assists with the body and visual design packages. Outside of school and teaching, Sara enjoys spending time with her friends and family attending live music and theater performances, trivia contests, and the Columbus Zoo.