A native of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Lee Beddis spent his youth with the Peterborough Krescendos, the Canadian Knights and the Kitchener Dutch Boy Drum Corps. He would later move south to join the ranks of the World Champion Garfield Cadets in order to become part of the now-legendary "perfect" percussion line of 1987. After winning his second title in 1990, he aged out, swiftly moving into the role of instructor.
His instructing experience includes the Madison Scouts, Star of Indiana and the Phantom Regiment. It was there, in 1996, that Lee helped capture the World title with his ambitious work for "The Defiant Heart," an all-Shostakovich program. In 1997, he turned his skills to the rebuilding of the Toledo, Ohio, Glassmen. Within the year, his expertise found immediate reward, moving that section into the forefront world-class recognition. After the successful 2000 season, he moved to the Crossmen, where he remained until his appointment as Percussion Coordinator to the Madison Scouts. Lee's unique reputation as a program builder prepared him for the role of returning the 2005 and 2006 Madison line to elite status. In 2007, Lee's unique reputation of building quality percussion programs with success in short periods of time fit in right with Carolina Crown's desired level of success. Lee's experience at all levels of instruction from tech, to caption head, arranger and percussion coordinator make him the perfect choice for leading the Crown percussion section in 2007 and beyond.
In addition to drum corps experience, Lee is in demand throughout the United States and Canada as a highly-regarded judge for Winter Guard International and many other organizations. He proudly endorses high-quality industry names such as Yamaha, Remo, Vic Firth and Zildjian, while conducting marching percussion clinics across North America.