Craig Lewis - Territorial Music Secretary
As an officer’s kid, Craig received all of his early musical training through The Salvation Army, but it was not until Don Giles introduced him to the trombone at the Halifax North corps that he really took an interest in music making. Craig was subsequently enrolled as a senior bandsman at Fairview Citadel on Easter Sunday in 1985. Celebrating 30 years as a senior bandsman, Craig is currently a member of the Mississauga Temple Band, and previously was a bandsman and bandmaster of the Mountain Citadel Band in Hamilton, Ontario.
Appointed to the Canadian Staff Band in 1994, Craig has spent over 20 years playing first trombone with the CSB, including a decade as the principal and trombone soloist with the band. Tours with the CSB have taken him from coast to coast in Canada, across the US and overseas to Brazil, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Germany and England. Craig is a 2nd generation staff bandsman; his father, Doug, played Eb bass in the band and later was also the Executive Officer.
In addition, Craig has performed, recorded or toured with diverse groups such as the Canadian Forces (Europe) Band, the McMaster University Concert Band, Huronia Symphony Orchestra, Intrada Brass, Brass Sabbath, Weston Silver Band, Melody Shop Brass Quintet and Sophisticated Swing.
In 2015, Craig was appointed as the Territorial Secretary for Music & Gospel Arts for the Canada and Bermuda Territory. Craig lives in Burlington, Ontario with his wife, Helen and their two sons, Benjamin and Jack.
Heather Osmond - Assistant Territorial Music Secretary
Heather Osmond has joined the team as the Assistant Territorial Music Secretary. In her role, Heather will serve as our choral/vocal subject matter expert and will focus on promoting choral resources, training and initiatives. She will also oversee all of our education programs, including instrumental, theory and camp music programs. Heather has a music degree from Memorial University and has much experience across all genres of Church music. Currently a private music educator, she is the founder of the Salvato Women's Vocal Ensemble, has been the accompanist for the Philharmonic Choir of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, was Bandmaster of both the Newfoundland East Divisional Youth Band and the St.John's Citadel Band, has been involved in all aspects of musical life at her corps, and is presently leading the YP band. While currently residing in St. John's, Nfld, Heather and her husband Matthew will be relocating to Toronto in the months ahead.
Simon Gough joined the MAGA Department in 2016 as our Specialist – New Media,Youth and Worship Arts. Simon will focus on working with worship leaders and teams to resource, encourage and support them in their ministry at the Corps/Ministry Unit level. He will be the team’s subject matter expert in current worship music and trends, and will also work to develop and implement programs for youth. Originally from Australia, Simon holds a Masters degree in education, specializing in Creative Arts. He is a former member of the Sydney Staff Songsters, and has been both a teacher and a youth pastor. Simon is a member of the OCE Divisional Youth Chorus, attends Mississauga Temple with his wife, Meghan, and their daughter, Kenzie, where he is active in worship team and banding ministry.
Rachel Ewing joined the MAGA Department in 2015 as our Administrative Associate. In her role, Rachel will be responsible for departmental administration, social media and editing all of our communications. With her Masters in Music (specialization - Collaborative Piano) and experience working in music festival administration, Rachel is well equipped to be a key member of the team. She is currently the accompanist for the OCE Divisional Youth Chorus. Rachel is a fine horn player, attending the North Toronto Corps where she plays in the band and ministers as pianist for the Corps and Songsters.