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Euan Braidwood

Euan Braidwood

Percussion Instructor

Euan started his marching career in 1994 with 6th Hove Scouts Cadet corp and graduated into the 6th Hove Scouts Main Corp in 1996 in which saw him develop into key member of their bass drum line for a decade. Competing in BYBA, DCUK and DCE circuits over this period, with the main highlight achieving a 7th place at the DCE champions in 2006 with the Bushido show. more

In 2007 Euan moved to the percussion staff of Distant Thunder Show Corp, Bedford and marched in their bassline in 2008 for his age out.

In the winter of 2009 and 2010 Euan played bass drum for Alliance Indoor Percussion. Competing both in the WGUK circuit and traveling to Europe to compete in the WGI & CGN circuits with the unit being awarded the Bronze medal in 2009, at the CGN championships in Holland.

In 2011 and 2012 Euan returned to march in his home city of Brighton at the newly name 'The 6th' playing bass drum again with some of his old friends from previous years, competing in DCUK and DCE championships.

In 2013 Euan decided to hang up his drill masters and focus his efforts on teaching both bass drum and visual, which are both great passions of his. This lead him to his move to the staff team at Cadence drum and bugle, where he has become an integral part of the percussion staff alongside caption head Tracey Benn and arranger Vicky Batley-Spalding.

Tracey Benn

Tracey Benn

Caption Head

Tracey started her marching days at the age of 14 with a local Military band called Pegasus, playing snare. more

After a couple of years the band decided they no longer wanted to continue and she found another local band with a different style, drum corps. She joined Guildford Phoenix and continued playing snare for a further couple of years traveling to various competitions up and down the country.

After Guildford Phoenix Tracey then went on to another Drum Corps called New Surrey Raiders.

Tracey Stayed for a short while, however due to education commitments at the time found it hard to continue marching.

Some years later Tracey went back to New Surrey Raiders to assist in the teaching of the cadet corps. In 1997 the corps merged with another local Corps called Cadence where she marched on bass drum for three years aging out with many happy marching memories.

Unfortunately, the corps folded in 2005 but a strong Cadet unit convinced a few dedicated members and staff to grow the Cadets into the competing unit and after almost 10 years of hard work Cadence stand in a strong position today.

Tracey's current role is the drum line Caption Head and she has even donned her marching shoes again to march alongside some of those that she first started teaching back in 2005.

Vicki Batley-Spalding


Percussion Arranger

At the tender age of 11, Vicki started her drum corps career with her local Drum Corps, New Surrey Raiders. After almost 8 years with Raiders she then went on to march with the Basildon Blue Eagles Drum & Bugle Corps from Basildon in Essex. During this time she achieved her dream of marching in the USA by aging out with Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps in DCI. more

Over the years she has won 7 DCUK titles & 1 European Championship title as part of the Sunrisers and the Senators in the UK.

As well as these Drum Corps achievements she is also a percussion graduate of The Academy of Contemporary Arts in Guildford, Surrey.

In 2010, she returned to her roots and began teaching Cadence Drum & Bugle Corps who had amalgamated with the New Surrey Raiders. Cadence had recently undergone a rebirth after becoming inactive in 2005 with many members who were very new to Drum Corps with little experience or musical knowledge.

Vicki is now the battery percussion arranger for Cadence and has been part of a team building a program over the past five years which has seen the progression of the battery percussion to its current standard which included joining the TAMA Marching Percussion family in 2015.

Cadence Drum & Bugle Corps - Surrey, UK

Cadence Drum & Bugle Corps has an education-oriented focus dedicated to providing its members with a unique performing experience catering for almost 100 young people and adults across three performance groups based primarily on age. Many of the current performers have been a part of the Cadence Organization since 2008 progressing through the ranks. The members mainly come from the Surrey/Berkshire area of the UK but there are a number of current performers who travel from Sussex, Kent, Hampshire and even as far afield as bonnie Scotland!

Formed in 1991 as a merger between two local Reading based marching bands Cadence saw a small level of success on the national DCUK (Drum Corps United Kingdom).

In 1992 the Corps was lucky enough to be given a generous endorsement deal with the REMO Company who had recently launched the revolutionary Legato floating snare drum, the 1st endorsement of its kind in the UK.

In the winter of 1996 cadence joined forces with Raiders Drum & Bugle Corps from Guildford and a new Cadence was formed.

Over the next three years Cadence climbed the ranks leading to the national Open Class Championship title in 1999.

After Years of competitive playing it was decided that the main corps and the juniors corps should merge and in 2005 the organization started from scratch with a focus on fun. They have gone from strength to strength increasing in size and age range to its current incarnation.

By 2013 it was time for reinvestment in marching instruments and Cadence formed a partnership with Kanstul of Anaheim who in turn had formed a partnership with TAMA Marching Drums.

Corps Manager Paul Riddell, having seen the TAMA Marching Drums on a website video link was instantly impressed by the classic look coupled with innovative construction ideas and several high profile endorsements and made contact with Tom Float from TAMA USA as TAMA at time had no UK distribution. Within a few weeks after many emails between the UK, USA and Japan it was agreed that Headstock Distribution (Now TAMA UK). would import the drums from Japan and a generous partial endorsement was made. Cadence has caused quite a stir as the sole UK based members of the TAMA Marching Drums family with many competitors and fans marveling at the build quality and sound the drums produced.


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