ABOUT US

BRETT TOLCHER

TERRITORIAL MUSIC & CREATIVE ARTS MINISTRIES SECRETARY

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TOM HANTON

ASSISTANT TERRITORIAL MUSIC & CREATIVE ARTS MINISTRIES SECRETARY

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Masters in Music Conducting, Oakland University, Bachelor in Music, Depaul University

Matthew 5:16

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Tom Hanton assumed the role of Assistant Territorial Music & Creative Arts Ministries Secretary for the US Central Territory in July of 2019. Previously, Tom served as the Divisional Music Director for The Salvation Army in Florida Division (5 years), Eastern Michigan Division (6 years), Western Michigan/Northern Indiana Division(5 ½Years), and a school teacher in Flushing, Mi (4 years). This included inaugural leadership of the Eastern Michigan Divisional Band, leadership of the Florida Divisional Band and Great Lakes Ministries team. Tom has traveled to the Netherlands, South America, Canada, the Caribbean, and throughout the US as a guest artist and conductor.  ​Growing up just outside of Detroit, Mi., Tom began his musical learning as a young Salvationist at the Dearborn Heights Salvation Army where he participated in the music groups until finishing high school.  After graduating, he moved to Chicago to attend University and became a member of the Chicago Staff Band under the baton of William Himes and gained experience as a player, an educator, and conductor.    ​Tom has been both a Trombone and Euphonium soloist with various bands throughout his career and he has been a guest instructor and soloist at a myriad of summer camps and conferences.   Tom and wife Heather have two children –Troy and Taryn

JOE CADDY

DIRECTOR OF FINE ARTS MINISTRIES - COLLEGE FOR OFFICER TRAINING

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Master of Arts - Theater, Regent University; Bachelor of Music - Music Education, DePaul University

Psalm 40:1-3

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Joe Caddy joined the Territorial Music & Creative Arts Ministries Department in 2010 after serving four years as the Assistant Divisional Music Director in the Metropolitan Division. Before he came to work for The Salvation Army, Joe served as a public school choral director in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, where he also directed extra-curricular musical productions.

A founding member of The Salvation Army’s Bill Booth Theater Company, Joe has also acted as the troupe’s artistic director since 2002. Through the ministry of the BBTC, he has had the opportunity to perform for many varied audiences throughout the Salvation Army world, including performances in London and South America. In addition to his weekly instructional responsibilities at the College for Officer Training, Joe is an active guest clinician in vocal music and the dramatic arts. His full-length musical, A LONG WAY OFF, which he co-wrote with songwriter Phil Laeger, received its premiere performance at the Milwaukee Theater in June 2018 and a regional premiere by the Merit Theatre Company in Cincinnati, Ohio, in August 2019. The original cast recording is available on iTunes and Spotify.


Off the stage, Joe is an avid reader, die-hard baseball fan, and dedicated runner who has completed six full marathons. Along with daughters Caroline and Eliza, Joe and his wife, Kristin, are soldiers of The Salvation Army Oakbrook Terrace Corps in suburban Chicago.

LYNDA COOPER

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT TO THE TERRITORIAL MUSIC & CREATIVE ARTS MINISTRIES DEPARTMENT

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John 13:34-35

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Lynda Cooper worked in the Midland Music Department as the Assistant Divisional Music Director for two years and as the Divisional Music Director for 22 years. While she enjoyed her work and colleagues, she especially loved working with the children and teens, teaching them how to worship through their music. Among her favorite aspects of her position were planning and production of music camps and music schools, as well as playing in ensembles throughout the year.

After living in St. Louis for their entire lives, in 2015, Lynda and her husband, Ron moved to the Chicago area where Lynda serves as the Administrative Assistant to the Central Territorial Headquarters Music & Creative Arts Ministries Department. It was through much prayer that the Coopers decided to make Chicago their home. Lynda has three grown children, of which they are very proud. They are blessed to have ten grandchildren, which are the light of their lives. Lynda and Ron currently attend the Elgin Corps, participating in the Band & Songsters and teaching children to play brass instruments.

BETH MALOVANCE

TERRITORIAL MUSIC EDUCATION SPECIALIST AND KROC FINE ARTS LIAISON

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K-12 Music Teaching Certificate (Illinois); Trinity International University, Master of Fine Arts, Trumpet Performance; California Institute of the Arts; Bachelor of Music, Trumpet Performance, University of Louisville

Proverbs 3:5-8

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Beth Malovance joined the Territorial Music & Creative Arts Ministries Department in 2017. Before she came to work for The Salvation Army, Beth served as an elementary general music teacher. In addition to helping develop and teach the elementary music curriculum, Beth led the choir and world drumming ensembles, taught guitar, ukulele, Orff and auxiliary percussion instruments and directed full musical performances on a yearly basis.

Beth is a Smith-Watkins artist and currently serves as principal cornet for the Chicago Staff Band and the award-winning Chicago Brass Band. She also plays at her Corps in the Norridge Citadel Brass Band and also with the Athena Brass Band. Beth has served as a Guest Artist for the International Women's Brass Conference, been a special guest at music camps and is a featured soloist here in the United States and abroad. Recently she has played with the esteemed Brass Band of Battle Creek.

JUDE ST-AIMÉ

MUSIC PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

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COMING SOON

MARTY THOMAS

PRODUCTION SPECIALIST

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Master of Music in Conducting – Messiah University; Bachelor of Arts - Music Education, West Liberty University

Isaiah 46:3-4

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Marty Thomas joined the Territorial Music & Creative Arts Ministries Department in 1999 after serving eleven years as the Divisional Music Director in the Metropolitan and Western Pennsylvania Divisions. His responsibilities are mainly music typesetting for the Hallelujah Choruses series and the American Festival Series and the creation of drama resources for the Central Territory. He is a member of the Chicago Staff Band and the faculty of the Central Music Institute. He is passionate about music camps and youth music within The Salvation Army and has been involved in the teaching of Steel Drums (Pans).

He is currently the Songster Leader at Norridge Citadel, where he also served as Youth Band leader for over 10 years. He has been very active in the Drama ministries at his corps, writing scripts for various worship series and contributing to the yearly outreach, Come to Bethlehem.

Marty is married to Monica, and they have two adult sons: Zachary, a graphic designer in Denver, Colorado, and Jared, a Registered Behavior Technician in Schaumburg, Illinois.

JOSH TURNER

TERRITORIAL CONTEMPORARY MUSIC SPECIALIST

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Master of Arts - Music Education, VanderCook College of Music; Bachelors of Arts - Music Education, Trinity International University

Joshua 24:15 and Philippians 4:13

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Josh Turner joined the Territorial Music & Creative Arts Ministries Department in 2016. Before he came to work for The Salvation Army, Josh served as a music teacher in public schools for 7 years as a choir director, beginning band director, and general music teacher. Prior to teaching Josh had previously worked in the Music and Gospel Arts Department as the music intern under William Himes during the summer of 2007.


A founding member of the Territorial Worship Collective, Josh has also acted as the director of since 2019. Through the ministry of the TWC, he has produced a recording project featuring youth from across the Central Territory, including the Territorial Youth Band and Youth Chorus, soon to be available on all streaming platforms, including iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon Music.


Additionally, Josh has had the privilege to manage and produce many resources for praise bands, including the Sunday School Songbook, Songs of Salvation Leaders Edition and Canciones de Salvación, the Spanish edition of the Songs of Salvation. He has also created a comprehensive Guitar and Ukulele curriculum under the Musical Arts Proficiency (M.A.P.) program.


A former member of The Chicago Staff Band 2006-2022, playing Baritone, Eb Bass, and Principal Euphonium and has led the CSB Praise Band. Through the ministry of The Chicago Staff Band, he has had the opportunity to minister and perform for a variety of audiences across the world.


Josh along with his wife Helena and three children, Declan (June 2013), Grace (March 2016), and Colin (September 2021) are members of the Norridge Citadel Corps. Presently Josh serves in the senior band, is a member of the worship council, leads the praise team, and leads the ukulele class at Norridge.