In April 2008, John Lam was appointed as the fifth bandmaster of the Canadian Staff Band. A professional musician and music educator, John is currently the Head of Arts at Glendale High School in Tillsonburg, Onttario, and is the corps bandmaster at The Salvation Army London Citadel.
In taking over the CSB, Bandmaster Lam brought his own unique vision and leadership style and immediately put his own stamp on the band's musical presentations. In his first two years two new CDs were released under his direction, as well as a two-CD set containing music from old LP albums made in the band's first ten years. The project coincided with the band's 40th Anniversary, celebrated with a gala festival at Scarborough Citadel in May 2009.
In 2011, the CSB undertook a tour of The Netherlands and Germany prior to its participation in a memorable weekend of events celebrating the 120th Anniversary of the International Staff Band in London, England. Along with seven other staff bands from around the Army world, the CSB took part in a history-making brass band extravaganza at the Royal Albert Hall and a large march of witness to Buckingham Palace.
The year 2012 saw the CSB participate in The Hannaford Street Silver Band's annual Festival of Brass as well as host trumpet virtuoso Jens Lindemann for its 43rd anniversary festival. It also took part in the public welcome meeting for The Salvation Army's International Conference of Leaders in Mississauga, Ontario, led by General Linda Bond.
In 2013, the CSB visited Columbus, Ohio, for the annual God and Country weekend, then hosted the Amsterdam Staff Band on its third tour of Canada, uniting with them for a memorable concert in Toronto to celebrate the CSB's 44th anniversary.
Now in its 45th year of service, the Canadian Staff Band continues to be acknowledged at home and around the world for its effective musical and spiritual ministry.