Territorial Music Secretary
Bandmaster – New York Staff Band
Derek Lance started in his position as Territorial Music Secretary on January 1, 2017 after spending the last five years working in the THQ Music Department. He was also recently appointed as the Bandmaster of the New York Staff Band after spending fourteen years in the solo cornet section.
Prior to working for The Salvation Army, Derek was a member of the trumpet section of the United States Military Academy Band at West Point. During his time there, he was the Principal Trumpet of the Concert Band and was featured multiple times as a soloist.
Derek has had the privilege of studying at two of the finest music conservatories in the world, the Juilliard School in New York City and the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. At these institutions, he had the opportunity to study the trumpet with Mark Gould and David Bilger. As an orchestral musician, he has performed under such conductors as Charles Dutoit, Otto-Werner Mueller, Christoph Eschenbach, Mstislav Rostropovich, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Yuri Temirkanov and Sir Simon Rattle, and with such groups as the New Jersey Symphony and the New York Philharmonic.
As a Salvation Army musician, Derek has been blessed to minister in music around the world with many fine Army bands. As a soloist, Derek has been featured with the Amsterdam Staff Band, the Boscombe Citadel Band, the Montclair Citadel Band, the PenDel Brass, the Hamilton Temple Band, the Canadian Staff Band, the Greater New York Youth Band, and the New York Staff Band.
Derek and his wife, Lorena, attend the Spring Valley Salvation Army Corps in New York with their daughters Isobel and Caroline where he is the Corps Sergeant Major.
Assistant Territorial Music Secretary
Songster Leader Thomas Scheibner graduated with a degree in Music Education from Drew University and has done graduate studies at New York University and Boston University. He is a first-generation Salvationist, having been introduced to The Salvation Army through its music program at Star Lake Musicamp. He has attended Star Lake Musicamp every year since 1969, first as a camper, then as a program staff member and now serves as the musicamp program director. Tom has been a member of the staff of the Eastern Territory Music Department of The Salvation Army for 34 years and currently is the Assistant Territorial Music Secretary. He is also a member of the New York Staff Band and has served for 39 years in the band. Prior to working for The Salvation Army, Tom taught music in public schools in the Boston area for a period of 3 years. In addition to his duties in the Music Department, Tom serves as an adjunct instructor at The Salvation Army College for Officer Training in Suffern, NY. Tom has served as the Songster Leader at Montclair Citadel for the past 22 years and has served as the Corps Youth Band Leader. Tom and his wife Charlene are the parents of three daughters and are grandparents to grandsons Micah and Jonah and granddaughter Parker.
Director of Music Program Development
Brindley Venables has deep roots in the Salvation Army as a fifth generation salvationist. Growing up in a christian musical home, music ministry within the Salvation Army has been at the forefront in Brindley’s life. Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Mr. Venables gained his bachelor of Music in trumpet performance from the University of Toronto and Messiah College and was an active freelancer in the greater Toronto Area before moving to the USA to work for the Salvation Army. Brindley now works for the music department at Territorial Headquarters in the USA Eastern Territory as the Director of Music Program Development and New York Staff Band Manager. In September 2016 he was appointed the principal cornet of the New York Staff Band. Brindley attends the Spring Valley Corps and is a member of the senior band.
DR. DOROTHY GATES
Senior Music Producer
Dorothy joined the Music Department in 2002. As Senior Music Producer, Dorothy is responsible for editing all the music published by The Salvation Army’s Eastern Territory. She is also the composer-in-residence for the New York Staff Band where in addition to writing, she conducts the Staff Band Chorus and plays trombone. Dorothy lives in Warwick, NY with her husband Mark and attends the Spring Valley Corps. For more information on Dorothy’s music, please check out her website.
Territorial Contemporary Music Director
Doug started working for the Territorial Music Department in August 2011. He previously worked in the Greater New York Music Department as Assistant Music Director (North) for 8 years. Doug received his Masters Degree in music from the SUNY Purchase Music Conservatory. He is the leader and founder of the Eastern Territorial Worship Band UNBOUND.
WARREN SMITH JR.
Web and Special Projects Administrator
Warren Smith Jr. has worked for the Salvation Army since 1986 in various departments including the Literary Department, ARC Command, Information Technology Department, and since 2008, the Music Department. Warren attended Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA, where he received a BA in Theology. He has been a member of the New York Staff Band for more than 25 years starting in 1986, primarily playing Bass Trombone. Warren lives in Glen Ridge, NJ with his wife, Joan, and their dogs, Tucker and Molly, and attends the Montclair Citadel Corps where he participates in the Songsters.
Karen comes to this department with a wealth of professional music experience. She holds a BS Degree in Music Education and has taught in both public and private schools, established her own Piano School with 50 students and served the majority of her career conducting and participating in Salvation Army bands and choral groups. She was cornet soloist with the Pendel Brass & Singers as a young musician and served in the New York Staff Band for seven years while directing the music program at the College for Officer Training for twelve years. God has brought her “full circle” since beginning in The Salvation Army, moving into the professional music circle and now back to the music department at Territorial Headquarters. In the music department she gives administrative support to the department. She and her husband live in North Jersey, she plays with the Montclair Citadel Band and New York Staff Band cornet sections. They have two adult children, Jenifer and Jonathon and two grandchildren, Dylan and Cooper.