Edwin Beens, born on August 27th 1968 in The Netherlands, started his marching & music career at a very young age. He started as a drummer when he was 8 years old in the cadet group of the corps that later became Avalance from Vlaardingen. In the main corps he soon became a drum major and visual designer. After that he joined the staff of one of Holland’s most successful drum corps of that time, ‘Blue Wave’ that captured many visual awards. In the winter he joined the Art Development Winter Color Guard and captured the Dutch title 3 times. He travelled to the USA and performed twice at the Winter Guard International World Championships. Edwin also was visual staff member of the Kiwanis Kavaliers from Kitchener (Canada).
After his teaching and marching career he started judging in 1996 for many Dutch organizations like Drum Corps Holland and Color Guard Netherlands. In 2000 Edwin became a judge for Winter Guard International and shortly after that became a Drum Corps International judge. Since 2010 Edwin is also judging for Drum Corps Europe. Edwin has judged for many organizations in The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, Italy, France, Denmark, South-Africa, The United States of America and Malaysia. Edwin is the technical leader and chief judge of Color Guard Netherlands since 1998 and because of his excellent work was inducted in the CGN Hall of Fame in 2011. Outside the judging world Edwin is a project manager for the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice.