Bandmaster John Lam, a native of Owen Sound, Ontario, joined the London Citadel Band in 1985 on bass trombone. He was appointed Deputy Bandmaster in 1991 and Bandmaster in 1995. He is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario, in performance and education, and is currently pursuing his Masters of Music Education at the University of Michigan. John has enjoyed many performance experiences with groups such as The Band of the Ceremonial Guard, Brassroots, Intrada Brass and has also toured with the Canadian production of ‘Les Miserables’. He was appointed as bandmaster of the Canadian Staff Band of the Salvation Army in 2008.
Songster Leader Jane Lam, a native of Windsor, Ontario, graduated from the University of Windsor and Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, with honours degrees in Music and Music Therapy. After enjoying many years as a Certified Music Therapist at the Salvation Army Grace Hospital, and teaching for 4 years at the University, she left Windsor to become the Vocal Music Consultant for the Salvation Army THQ. After much encouragement from John, she enrolled and graduated with a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Western Ontario. She is a member of the trombone section in the London Citadel Band and has been the leader of the London Citadel songsters since 2007.
As passionate music educators, John and Jane have enjoyed their careers teaching instrumental and vocal music in elementary and secondary schools for the Thames Valley District School Board. John is presently the head of performing arts at Glendale Secondary School in Tillsonburg, while Jane has a thriving music program at Woodland Heights Elementary School. During the summers they enjoy teaching at numerous Salvation Army music camps across Canada. Together, with their son, Jonathan, who is 21, they worship at London Citadel. Serving the Lord through music is a great source of blessing and a constant opportunity for Christian growth in their daily walk with the Lord.