Matthew Broome was born in Sumter, South Carolina, and, being the son of Salvation Army Officers, moved around in the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida. Matt graduated from the University of Georgia in 2006 with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education, and began working with The Salvation Army as an Assistant Divisional Music Director for the Georgia Division. In 2008 Matt married Gabriela Elias and they relocated to Dallas, where Matt took the position of Deputy Divisional Music Director for the Texas Division. He took leadership of the department in July of 2015. In 2016, Matt completed his Mater of Music Education Degree from Boston University. Matt is the bass trombonist for the Southern Territorial Band, but also excels in contemporary worship, playing guitar, bass, and drums. Matt, Gabriela, and their two daughters, Madelyn and Nora, attend the Dallas Temple Irving Corps, where he leads the songsters and praise team.
Andrew Wainwright, Deputy Divisional Music & Arts Director
Andrew Wainwright was born in St Leonards, England and is the son of Salvation Army officer parents. Andrew has lived in four different countries, including Kenya, Zimbabwe and the USA. He holds a BA Music Degree and an HND in Graphic Design. Andrew is a keen composer and his music has been featured by groups around the world, including at the Boundless International Congress at London’s O2 Arena. In November 2012, a CD of Andrew's music, Christmas Fantasia - The Music of Andrew Wainwright, was released by Virtuosi GUS Band. Andrew has been commissioned to write solos for numerous brass soloists and bands and has had a number of pieces published by various companies. In addition, his music features on over a dozen CD recordings. As a performer, conductor and tutor, Andrew has completed tours to the USA, Switzerland, Portugal, Cyprus, Kenya, Mexico, Jamaica, Norway, Denmark, Kenya and Zambia. He has played with numerous musical groups internationally, although the highlight of his playing career was performing with World and European Champions, Cory Band, at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Andrew has in the past been a member of the Chicago Staff Band, Kettering Citadel Band and Hendon Band. Andrew has a passion for Africa and has been responsible for the organization of a number of charity concerts, in particular his Brass for Africa - A Musical Spectacular series which raised funds for various African projects.From 2013-2015, Andrew was Divisional Music & Arts Director for the Wisconsin & Upper Michigan Division.Andrew is married to his wife Laura, with whom he moved to Dallas in September 2015.
Sara Elliott, Divisional Music Specialist
Sara Elliott was raised in Bartlesville, Ok. Through the sunbeam program she joined The Salvation Army at the age of seven. Sara began learning cornet and became heavily involved in music activities in the AOK Division. She then pursued an education and gained a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Oklahoma Baptist University and a Master's Degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of Illinois. In school Sara enjoyed performing with a variety of ensembles including the University Wind and Symphony Orchestras. After graduating she worked as the Area Music Director at the Richmond Citadel Corps in the NCV Division for two years. Sara now resides in Irving, TX where she works as a Divisional Music Specialist for the Texas Division. Her hobbies include walking in parks, reading, amateur painting, and spending time with friends. Her favorite scripture is Romans 8.
Chloe Hu, Divisional Creative Arts Specialist
Chloe was born in the San Francisco Bay Area, but spent the majority of her life growing up in Orlando, Florida. She has been heavily involved in The Salvation Army's various music and arts programs since she was ten years old. It was primarily through the Army's programs where she discovered her wide range of talents. Once she graduated high school, she took dance (ballet, jazz, modern) at Valencia College, whilst also pursuing studies in photography, drawing and painting. During her collegiate journey she established the Orlando Creative Arts Ensemble at the Orlando Citadel Corps. Chloe is an experienced traveller, having been on numerous creative arts ministry trips, as well as several mission trips. Her most recent trip, where she spent six weeks in India, was with the Salvationist Service Corps in the summer of 2014. She graduated from the University of Central Florida in May 2015 with a Bachelors of Arts in Visual Arts and Emerging Media Management. Chloe's interests include attending sporting events, concerts, and theatrical shows. She loves the beach and will always have a heart for her alma mater. Go Knights!
Ghodard Diavangama, Divisional Music Specialist
Ghodard Diavangama was born in the town of Boma in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Central Africa). He is the fifth of eight children who were all raised in the Salvation Army. Ghodard's parents were Salvation Army officers who made sure that all of their children were involved in every program that the Army had to offer. Ghodard discovered his musical abilities at a very early age. As a young teenager, he began leading adults choirs and other musical groups. At the age of 17, he became the youngest member of a very popular Salvation Army male chorus called Crazy4Jesus. In 2000, the group moved to the United States. Ghodard met his wife, Gloria in Raleigh, North Carolina and they married in 2005. He served as the Raleigh Corps Songster leader and Junior Bandmaster for more than 10 years; also began a recording business and produced several groups. In November 2017, Ghodard joined the Texas Divisional Music Department and currently serves as Music Specialist. Ghodard, Gloria and their three children now live in Fort Worth, Texas. Ghodard has a passion for serving the Lord through music, and for finding new talents and helping them shine.