tiger band staff

Joshua Loar | Band Director

This is Mr. Loar's first year at Strasburg-Franklin Local Schools. He is an alumnus of Alliance High School ('13) and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Malone University in 2018. At Malone, he performed in the Pioneer Spirit Marching Band, University Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, University Chorale, and Men's Glee Choir and also served for four years as the Instrumental Music Librarian.

Mr. Loar performed with the Ohio Private College Instrumental Conductor's Association (OPCICA) honor's jazz ensemble on saxophone for four years, including at the 2017 Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) Professional Development Conference. He has also performed regularly during the summer with the Canton Concert Band since 2014. Prior to teaching at Strasburg, Mr. Loar taught for three years at Copley-Fairlawn Middle School in Copley, Ohio.

Email: joshua.loar@strasburgtigers.org Phone: (330)878-5571

Beth Linerode | Assistant, Color Guard Advisor

Ms. Beth Linerode has served as Color Guard Advisor and Assistant to the Director of the Strasburg Marching Tigers for 11 years (and has assisted FIVE Strasburg band directors!). A graduate of New Philadelphia High School and its competitive marching band, she has taught her love of Color Guard to over 25 students in her time at Strasburg. Besides the numerous band shows and football games, she has also helped lead the band in performances at Disney World in Florida and on the Battleship Wisconsin in Virginia.

Ms. Linerode served at Strasburg-Franklin Local Schools as a Paraprofessional/Teachers Aide for 13 years and resides in New Philadelphia.