Lee Schields joined the Miami Vanguards in 1958 when he was just 7 years old, and since then has been a playing member, instructor, board member and director of a number of Florida corps. He marched with the Vanguards until 1965, playing soprano, French horn and baritone, then studied music at Dade College. From 1966 to ‘69 he was brass instructor, music arranger and drill designer for the Silhouettes drum and bugle corps of Miami. He helped re-organize the Vanguards in 1976 after the original group disbanded in 1973. While he served as corps director until 1979, the corps quickly advanced to membership in Drum Corps International (DCI). In 1981, the name was changed to Florida Wave. Five hundred people attended the reunion of former Vanguards and Florida Wave members he organized in 1998. Since then, he has served as a member of the board of directors and business manager of Magic of Orlando drum and bugle corps.