USA East Music BULLETIN - WINTER 2019/20 - ISSUE 4 - Page 3

THOMAS WILLIAM SCHEIBNER (August 5, 1955 - February 5, 2020) w as born in Hackensack, New Jersey to William Alfred Scheibner and Florence Amelia Scheibner (Nicholls). He was raised in Clifton, New Jersey, where he started his early education at Public School #11 and continued all the way through to Clifton High School. Tom was a proud member of the Mustang Marching Band and had fond memories of travelling to Europe multiple times to perform with the group. Tom first came to the Salvation Army at the age of 14, when he attended Star Lake Music Camp in 1969. His private brass teacher JoAnn Christen had encouraged him to attend. He spent five years as a camper, playing baritone, euphonium, and eventually trombone. By 1974, he was asked to serve on the instruction staff, which he continued to do every year of his life from that point on (over 50 years!). Tom had expressed his connection to Star Lake and its meaning in his life quite clearly: “I wouldn’t be where I am today as Assistant Territorial Music Secretary of the Salvation Army’s USA Eastern Territory had it not been for attending Star Lake Musicamp in 1969. That experience changed the course of my life completely… This enabled me to follow the Lord’s leading into a career of music- making and teaching.” The Salvation Army Eastern Territory has benefited from Tom’s leadership and active service. Joining the Music Department under Charles Baker in 1983, he has given unstintingly throughout 37 years of service and employment. He loved his job, and one of the responsibilities he enjoyed most was teaching music to the cadets at the College for Officer Training. He has also been a member of the New York Staff Band for 42 years and has helped organize the Eastern Territory’s Salvationist Star Search Talent Display since 1984. Tom’s academic training in music saw him gain the Bachelor of Arts in Music from Drew University (Madison, NJ) with additional course work undertaken at Boston and New York Universities. Tom has been fully involved at his local corps, Montclair Citadel, leading the corps songsters for 25 years (1994 to present), and even taught the YP Band for 14 years. Some of Tom’s favorite past times included playing sports, including basketball in his younger years and golf. He greatly enjoyed watching sports and was one of the most loyal fans the Giants and the Yankees ever had. Not least, he has a loving family, being married to Charlene for 34 years. He is also survived by his daughters Caryn, Christine, and Courtney, his sons-in-law Zack, Nicolas, and Ryan, and his four grandchildren, Micah, Parker, Jonah, and Caleb. ■