European X

‘Mondrian’ de 2018 production of European X

Piet Mondrian, a Dutch painter who lived from 1872-1944, is regarded as one of the best-
known and important painters of the twentieth century. Mondrian is a source of inspiration to
many throughout art, architecture, and design still in the present day.
European X will be telling the story of growth and transformation in art and the artist as society
changes. This is best exemplified through Piet Mondrian’s life, an artist that started with
normal, basic standards and moved on to create his own style, that of which was not accepted
in society at first.

De production of European X can be seen at our 'Try out' and a few events of Colorguard Nederland (CGN):
18 February 2018: 'Try-out' 3pm-4pm Sporthal Almere Buiten
24 February 2018: International Contest Almere
10 March 2018: Contest Leeuwarden
24 March 2018: CGN Championships Eindhoven

Musical selections include:
-Proven Van Stijlkunst: Nr. Iv by Jacob Van Domselaer
-Trois pieces pour piano: Danse by Arthur Honegger
-Rêverie by Claude Debussy.

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Welcome TJ Ghinder to European X

This weekend we welcome TJ Ghinder! TJ is going to teach our front ensemble this season together with Nick Jesus, who will be in from January. Everyone at European X is thrilled to meet TJ, the EXperienced and already legendary drumsetplayer that started the Rhythm X 2013 Worldchampion production: The man in the Arena, on a traditional snaredrum.

TJ GHINDER

TJ Ghinder hails from Akron, OH, and has played many roles in the marching arts for the past 10 years. As a performer, his first drum corps tour was with the Glassmen in 2008, where he played in the front ensemble for two years. In 2011, TJ spent his first summer with the Cavaliers; the ensemble won the Fred J. Sanford High Percussion award. TJ remained with the Cavaliers until he aged out in 2013, when he was awarded the Zildjian Award for outstanding leadership. During this time he also performed with Matrix IMPE from 2009-2011, and won the 2013 WGI World Championship with Rhythm X where he was a cast member from 2012 to '14.

As an educator and designer, TJ has worked closely with both Firestone and Nordonia High Schools. He currently serves as the Percussion Director for both Nordonia's outdoor and indoor programs. He also serves as both the music arranger and program coordinator for the Nordonia High School Indoor Drumline, and teaches private lessons in the Northeast Ohio area on topics ranging from percussion technique, to electronic sound design and music production.

 

 TJ performing at man in the arena '13

TJ performing at man in the arena '13

Four American Staff Members To Join European X Staff for 2017

Rhythm X, Inc., European X, and the IMP Foundation are proud to announce another class of incredible American staff members will be working in residence with European X in 2017. This tradition of cooperation has extended for years. Each year Rhythm X and other American staffers move to The Netherlands for several months to guide the program and bring the best in US marching percussion to the European stage.

 Frank Cummings (#274), left & Michael Tant (#311), right take a photo at the Rhythm X banquet following their 2013 WGI Percussion win.

Frank Cummings (#274), left & Michael Tant (#311), right take a photo at the Rhythm X banquet following their 2013 WGI Percussion win.

This year the PIO ensemble will be under the guidance and direction of Rhythm X Percussion alumni Frankie Cummings (#274), TJ Ghinder (#279), Nick Jesus (#302), and Michael Tant (#311). Frank and Mike will be working with the battery and show design, while collaborating closely with Nick Jesus and TJ Ghinder in the front ensemble. Frank and Nick will serve as the Battery Coordinator and Front Ensemble Coordinator respectively.

These four staff members represent the best in US marching percussion educators. All four instructors performed in Rhythm X's most recent WGI Percussion World Championship and have teaching experience in some of the finest independent and scholastic marching percussion organizations in the world. The crew will head to European X's home in Hilversum, Netherlands in January and remain with the ensemble until the IPE Championships in April. Prior to their arrival, Rhythm X, Inc. representatives Tom Gasparrini (#239) and Rhythm X, Inc. CEO Mike Scott (#259) will travel to the European X Audition Clinics on October 8th and 9th. This is the second year US representatives have visited the annual event of The X Academy in The Netherlands. Not coincidentally, American Mike Bishop (#176) visited European X last week for a keyboard percussion clinic.

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Below are the bios for these outstanding teachers.

Frank Cummings

From Carneys Point, NJ, Frank Cummings has extensive experience both performing with and teaching elite Drum Corps International, Drum Corps Associates, and Winter Guard International ensembles.  

As a performer, Frank played snare drum with the Reading Buccaneers in 2008 and 09. He joined the Carolina Crown snare line in 2010, and in the winter of 2011 he marched United Percussion. Frank remained in the Carolina Crown until 2012 where he won the DCI silver medal. In the summer of 2013 Frank marched with The Bluecoats where he aged out as sectional leader.

In 2012 Frank joined Rhythm X - remaining with the group through the 2014 season, earning a gold medal in 2013 and a bronze medal in 2014 as the battery section leader. From there he quickly transitioned into an instructional role.

Frank has taught many scholastic percussion ensembles including Westerville HS, Mason HS, and the 2015 WGI Scholastic Open Champions Lebanon HS. During the 2016 summer Frank taught snare drum at The Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps. He is currently a snare drum instructor at Rhythm X and The Carolina Crown and the US Battery Coordinator at European X. 

 TJ Ghinder (#279) performs the opening statement of the X13 program  The Man In The Arena.

TJ Ghinder (#279) performs the opening statement of the X13 program The Man In The Arena.

TJ Ghinder

TJ Ghinder hails from Akron, OH, and has played many roles in the marching arts for the past 10 years. As a performer, his first drum corps tour was with the Glassmen in 2008, where he played in the front ensemble for two years. In 2011, TJ spent his first summer with the Cavaliers; the ensemble won the Fred J. Sanford High Percussion award. TJ remained with the Cavaliers until he aged out in 2013, when he was awarded the Zildjian Award for outstanding leadership. During this time he also performed with Matrix IMPE from 2009-2011, and won the 2013 WGI World Championship with Rhythm X where he was a cast member from 2012 to '14.

As an educator and designer, TJ has worked closely with both Firestone and Nordonia High Schools. He currently serves as the Percussion Director for both Nordonia's outdoor and indoor programs. He also serves as both the music arranger and program coordinator for the Nordonia High School Indoor Drumline, and teaches private lessons in the Northeast Ohio area on topics ranging from percussion technique, to electronic sound design and music production.

Nick Jesus

Nick Jesus is an in-demand percussion and private lesson instructor in the Dayton area. Nick began his percussion career at Dartmouth High School (MA), where he was able to capture the PSW championship in 2008 and 2009. From there he went on to march with the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps from 2010-2011, the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps in 2014, and Rhythm X from 2013-2015 where he was section leader in the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

Nick's teaching experience started with Dartmouth High School from 2011-2012. He then went on to teach Westerville High School in 2013. Nick currently teaches Bellbrook High School, Kettering Fairmont, Sycamore High School and Tates Creek Indoor Ensemble.

Mike Tant

Michael Tant currently resides in Miamisburg, Ohio and has been involved with music for over 10 years as a student and 5 years as an instructor.  Although Michael began his musical venture as a cellist in middle school, he later became a member of the David W. Butler High School drumline. Michael went on to join Palmetto Percussion in 2010 and Rhythm X in 2013, earning a gold medal in both independent open and world class.  He was also a member of Carolina Crown during the 2012, '13, and '14 seasons.  In 2012, after Michael's first season at Crown, he moved to Columbus, Ohio to march Rhythm X, where he marched 2013-14 aging out in 2015.

Michael has began his teaching career as an educator in 2010 with Providence High School, in North Carolina later working with Marvin Ridge before his move to Ohio in 2012.  He has taught various high schools in the Dayton area as well, including Mason, Kettering-Fairmont,  and Bellbrook High School. This past summer Michael served as the quad tech at Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps. Michael is currently a quad instructor at Rhythm X and European X.

Today @ Rhythm X, Inc.: Friday, April 15th

Today:

Today, both European X and Percussion have made Semi-Finals after two exciting performances in Prelims yesterday! European X is making history as this is the first time they have ever made Semi-Finals at WGI World Championships! Percussion placed second in their round with a score of 94.213. Read below for more details on where and when you can catch both European X and Percussion in the lot and at Semi-Finals performances today. 

This afternoon, composer John Mackey will attend Winds rehearsal to help refine and polish Aurora, which features the music of his composition "Aurora Awakes." We are extremely excited to host Mackey and are grateful that he made the trip to check us out!

The Alumni of Rhythm X will meet tonight at Bargos Tap and Grill for the annual WGI Championships Week Alumni Reception. The Alumni greatly enjoy this event as an opportunity to catch up with friends and be together with the Rhythm X family again.

Fans are loving the new merchandise and X16 Rhythm SeXy shirts at The X Store in the WGI Expo Tent! See what all the buzz is about and stop by to check out our newest merch. Don't forget to enter the X16 Drum Raffle either! Look for the Pearl CarbonCore snare drum with a black finish and Chrome hardware at The X Store that could be yours for an entry of only $10! One grand prize winner and five lucky runner-ups will be drawn tomorrow, Saturday, April 16th so make sure you get your entry in before it's too late.

Scores:

Main Events:

PIO Semi-Finals:

  • Who: European X
  • Where: Millett Hall, Oxford, Ohio

PIW Semi-Finals:

  • Who: Percussion
  • Where: University of Dayton Arena, Dayton, Ohio
  • When: Warm-Up @ 02:40 p, Perform @ 04:37 p

The X Store

  • Who: The X Store
  • Where: WGI World Championships Expo Tent @ UD Arena, Dayton, Ohio
  • When: 10:00 a - 11:00 p

Rhythm X Alumni Reception

  • Who: Rhythm X Alumni
  • Where: Bargos Tap and Grill
  • When: 6:00 p

Tomorrow:

  • WIW Prelims
  • PIO Finals*
  • PIW Finals*

We love to hear from our fans! Make sure to join the conversation on social media by following us and using our X16 hashtags and signature emojis: #X16 #thealpha🌕 #aurora🌌  #eX16 #EXpress

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Shoutout to all of our fans. You guys are the best and keep us motivated to push the limits! #X16 🐾

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Today @ Rhythm X, Inc.: Thursday, April 14th

Today:

Today is a huge day for Rhythm X, Inc. and for you, the fans! While Winds continue with a full day of rehearsal, European X and Percussion will perform in their first WGI events of the week- WGI Championships Prelims! European X competing in Percussion Independent Open at Millett Hall in Oxford, Ohio and Percussion in Percussion Independent World at UD Arena in Dayton, Ohio. Come check us out in the lot and catch our performances throughout the day! Read below for more details on when and where.

Today is also the first day The X Store is open at the WGI Expo Tent at UD Arena! X16 Rhythm SeXy tees are available and will sell out fast- so get yours today! There is a limited supply and when they're gone- they're gone! Even more awesome new merchandise will be available as well, so make sure you stop by to be the first with the latest and greatest of Rhythm X gear. The X Store will be open throughout the rest of the week in the front of the WGI Expo Tent and takes cash, credit, and Apple/Android Pay.

Main Events:

PIO Prelims:

  • Who: European X
  • Where: Millett Hall, Oxford, Ohio
  • When: Warm-Up @ 04:00 p, Perform @ 06:00 p

PIW Prelims:

  • Who: Percussion
  • Where: University of Dayton Arena, Dayton, Ohio
  • When: Warm-Up @ 06:55 p, Perform @ 08:58 p

The X Store Opens

  • Who: The X Store
  • Where: WGI World Championships Expo Tent @ UD Arena, Dayton, Ohio
  • When: 09:00 a - 10:00 p

Tomorrow:

  • PIO Semi-Finals
  • PIW Semi-Finals
  • Alumni Reception

We have loved hearing from our fans so far this week! The members and staff greatly enjoy interacting with our fans and fellow musicians both in real life and on social media. Make sure to join the conversation on social media by following us and using our X16 hashtags and signature emojis: #X16 #thealpha🌕 #aurora🌌  #eX16 #EXpress

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  • Snapchat - Add us @ rhythmxinc
  • Instagram - Follow us @ rhythmxinc
  • Twitter

Today @ Rhythm X, Inc.: Wednesday, April 13th

Today:

Today, after a full day of rehearsal, European X will perform for the first time in the United States of America! All three ensembles will perform for their friends and families at the Centerville Preview Show. Unfortunately, this event is for families only and is not open to the public. Prior to the show, the full Rhythm X family will enjoy a sit down meal together!

The X Store is setting up today with brand new merchandise! Tomorrow is the first day The X Store will be open and selling X16 Rhythm SeXy shirts. Plan to stop by the WGI Expo tomorrow to get yours!

We are excited to welcome the Commandant's Own Marine Drum & Bugle Corps to Dayton today for their late-night rehearsal at UD Arena. Thank you to the Commandant's Own Marine Drum & Bugle Corps for your service to our country and we can't wait to watch you perform!

Sunset subs. #X16 #thealpha🌕

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Main Events:

Rehearsal:

  • Who: Percussion + Winds + European X
  • Where: Hara Arena + Game On 
  • When: 9 am - 9 pm

Family + Friends Preview Show

  • Who: Rhythm X families ONLY
  • Where: Centerville High School
  • What: European X's first ever performance in the United States!

Tomorrow:

  • The X Store opens!
  • PIO Prelims
  • PIW Prelims
  • Rehearsal

We love to hear from our fans! Make sure to join the conversation on social media by following us and using our X16 hashtags and signature emojis: #X16 #thealpha🌕 #aurora🌌  #eX16 #EXpress

  • Facebook - Featuring LIVE footage of warm-ups through the week!
  • Snapchat - Add us @ rhythmxinc
  • Instagram - Follow us @ rhythmxinc
  • Twitter