Rhythm X is a lot of things.
It's a performance ensemble, a youth education organization, and an advocate for music education everywhere.
Rhythm X was founded in 2001 as a small percussion ensemble providing a source of music education and performance opportunity in the greater Columbus area. Quickly we grew to become a premier performance ensemble in the Winter Guard International World Class. Now, with our talented design team and dedicated, second-to-none instructional staff, we serve to not only educate our own performers, but to push the limits of our art.
In our first year as an independent ensemble in the Winter Guard International Open Class, we won the Gold medal, setting our own standard of excellence. For the next 10 years, Rhythm X would prove to be a unique voice in the art bringing yet another incredible design influence to the activity. Over our ten seasons in the WGI World Class, we have won the World Championships twice, back-to-back in 2008 and 2009 amongst four other medals in 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2010.
X is more than a performance ensemble. 100% of our staff members teach extensively in other programs across the country. These programs include not only drum corps and independent ensembles but private lessons, high school, and middle school percussion, wind, and even string programs. More promising is the fact that the majority of our members, in addition to school and work, teach music in programs all over Ohio. Rhythm X fosters a culture of advocacy for music programs and positive, competent instruction.
But, we don't simply encourage our staff to teach extensively. We bring education to our doorstep. This year, Rhythm X has scheduled a wide range of clinic appearances and there are many more coming. We also work hard to make our audition clinics worthwhile to not only world-class percussionists but players of all skill-levels and experience. Lastly, we open most of our rehearsals to the public!