The Administration Team


Tom Slade, Executive Director

Tom Slade co-founded the Cincinnati Tradition Drum & Bugle Corps in 1985.  He was the director of Tradition in all but 5 years.  Tom started his drum corps career in 1971 and marched in junior corps until 1976. Tom joined the ranks of instructor in 1977-1978.  He assisted in organizing the start of the Pride of Cincinnati Drum & Bugle Corps and has been organizing drum corps ever since!  He just retired from 33 years in the Cincinnati Police Department.  Tom has been married for 37 years with 2 adult children and 2 grandchildren.


Andrea Meyer, Assistant Director

Andrea returns for her eighth season with Cincinnati Tradition.

Andrea currently is the color guard instructor for Moeller High School in Montgomery, Ohio. Previously she has worked with numerous High Schools in the Cincinnati area, including Lawrenceburg, Colerain, Milford, Fairfield , West Union, and Peebles High Schools. Her teaching experience also includes tenures with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps for four seasons, and one year instructing the University of Louisville Marching Band

Andrea's performance experience began in 1984 at Colerain High School, and includes three years with the Bluecoats color guard from 1988 to 1990.


Nick Angelis, Program Co-Coordinator/Staff Coordinator

Nick is in his 12th year as The Assistant Band Director for The University of Cincinnati Bearcat Bands.

He has been involved in the drum corps activity since 1979. Throughout 16 consecutive seasons, he marched with The Satellites from Leicester, MA from 1980-87, The Spartans from N.H. 88 and 89, The Boston Crusaders 90-91, The Santa Clara Vanguard 1992, The Star of Indiana 1993, Brass Theater 1994, and aged-out of The Blue Knights from Denver, Col. in 1995

As a marching performer, he was crowned The 1992 Drum Corps International Rudimental Snare Drum World Champion, 1993 Drum Corps Midwest Champion and was a part of the legendary1993 Star of Indiana World Champion Percussion section.

Nick has taught and or written, for numerous marching bands and drum corps all around the country including:

- Cincinnati Tradition Drum and Bugle DCA Class A World Champions Co-Program Coordinator/  

   Arranger/ Staff Coordinator 

- 2015/16 Tates Creek Independent World Indoor Battery Arranger/ Staff Coordinator

- Madison Scouts 2010-11 Percussion Caption Head

- Blue Stars 2008-09 Music Ensemble consultant

- Blue Knights Consultant

- Boston Crusaders 1997 Percussion Caption Head

- Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps TX.

- Spartans of N.H.

- Troopers Caption Head/Arranger 2005

- Spirit of J.S.U. Co-Caption Head and Co-Arranger W/ Mr. Clint Gillespie 2004-05

- Caption Head/Arranger-Colts Drum and Bugle Corps from Dubuque, Iowa 2006

- University of Massachusetts at Amherst Percussion Instructor 1995-1999, 2002

- 4 Time BOA Finalist and AAA National Champion Kennesaw Mountain H.S.                    

   Co-Percussion Arranger W/ Mr. David Starnes

- BOA 2004 Atlanta Regional Finalist Harrison H.S.

- BOA National Semi-Finalist, Bellbrook H.S. OH/ Milford H.S. OH/ Ryle H.S. KY.

- Williamstown H.S. KMEA Class A State Champions 2014Percussion Arranger

- Madison Independent Indoor 2011 PIA WGI World Champions Battery Arranger

In 1994, he performed as a soloist in Star of Indiana’s Brass Theater Featuring The Canadian Brass.

From 1999-2003 Nick was the Original Featured Star snare drum soloist performer for The Tony and Emmy award-Winning Show, Blast!  He performed in London at The Hammersmith Apollo Theatre, opened in New York City at The Broadway Theater and was in The 1st National Tour, performing in over 40 cities across The United States and Canada

Nick was the opening solo performer introduced by Walter Cronkite at the Kennedy Center Honors for President Clinton. He also performed on NBC’s, “Broadway on Broadway” in front of 50,000 people live in Time Square, NYC.

Nick attended The University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he received a degree in Music Education. He is currently working on his Master’s in Percussion Performance at Wright State University with Pr. Jerry Noble. He has studied under Thom Hannum, Ralph Hardimon, Alan Murray, Scott Johnson, Colin Mcnutt, Jim Ancona


Tim Snyder

Tim Snyder, Program Co-Coordinator & Brass Design

Tim officially joins the Education Team as Program Co-Coordinator, as well as our Brass Arranger. Previously he has worked with the ensemble as a Consultant, and looks forward to stepping into this new role with Tradition.

Tim is currently serving as the Brass Caption Head for the Oregon Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps and Assistant Director for the Eastern High School Marching Band of Louisville, KY. His experience includes tenures on the Brass Staff for Carolina Crown and the Madison Scouts.

Tim and his Wife Robin reside in Louisville, KY with their children, where they run Box5Media, their company dedicated to capturing media for theMarching Arts.