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Rhythm X Announces Restructuring, Cody Schuster Hired As Director of Operations & Development

 Cody Schuster - Director of Operations & Development. Mr. Schuster joined the administrative team in late-2013 as an intern.

Cody Schuster - Director of Operations & Development. Mr. Schuster joined the administrative team in late-2013 as an intern.

DAYTON, OH - Following the end of an enormously successful WGI season at Rhythm X, Inc., the organization is announcing a change in administration. Mike Scott, who has served as the organization’s first Chief Executive Officer since 2014, is stepping aside effective April 30th. However, Mr. Scott is not departing the organization; he will continue to serve the organization as an Executive Advisor and as a member of the nonprofit's Board of Directors

Mike first joined the Rhythm X family as a performer in the 2011 season. Since joining the staff in 2012, Mike has overseen the growth of the organization from the single indoor drumline founded in 2002, to an internationally recognized nonprofit operating the first-ever WGI Winds World Championship ensemble, an Open Class drumline in Europe, the Dragon’s Drumline - a program for Dayton-area high school students, and The Growl - the official drumline of the Cincinnati Bengals.

Taking over the operations management and strategic planning for the organization is Cody Schuster who has been hired as the Director of Operations & Development. Mr. Schuster is no stranger to the organization. He began as a performer in Rhythm X, Inc.’s World Class Percussion Ensemble in 2013, and immediately began working for the company - first as an intern, then as the Programs Manager from late-2014 until today. Cody brings an intimate knowledge of the organization, a passion for performing arts education, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of Cincinnati.

Mike Scott, former CEO, addressing the 2015 Percussion and Winds ensembles. It was the inagural year for WGI Winds.

“Leaving my role at Rhythm X, Inc. is difficult. It’s an organization I love, and a group of dedicated educators and performers that I have come to love,” Scott said. “That being said, there is no better person to take the reigns than Cody. He’s an empathetic and passionate leader who loves Rhythm X, Inc. and is fully equipped to envision our future.”

In addition to Cody’s leadership, Tim Fairbanks will continue to serve as the organization’s President and Director of the world-class Percussion ensemble. Steve Mason, who joined the organization in December 2014 and became the co-director of the world-class WGI Winds ensemble in late-2015 will continue to lead Rhythm X’s winds education. Rhythm X, Inc.’s programs are designed by Andrew Markworth, Tim Jackson, and Tim Fairbanks.


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Rhythm X Seeks Dancers For X17 Percussion Program

Rhythm X has a history of using additional visual performers and dancers in it's programs - most notably with more than 30 performers on the stage in the X11 production St& By Me. This year Rhythm X, Inc. will continue that tradition with the use of a dance ensemble alongside the battery percussion section.

Rhythm X, Inc. is seeking highly qualified and passionate performers with dance experience in any genre. Colorguard equipment experience is not necessary. Experience in the drum corps or indoor marching activities is great, but not required - it simply means you speak the WGI language!

Dancers interested in auditioning should register for the X17 Audition Clinics, presented by The X Academy here. Choose the "Battery / Dance" option and select "Dancer" under the instrument section. If you cannot make the X17 Audition Clinics please email us at join@rhythmx.org to consider other options.

Not a dancer? You can register for Battery, Front Ensemble, Brass, and Woodwinds at the X17 Audition Clinics. The event is open to ALL SKILL LEVELS - even if you're not auditioning for an ensemble.

Weekend Recap - European X, Dragons Drumline, & More!

This past weekend was a busy one across the globe for Rhythm X, Inc. European X attended (and won!) the WGI Almere Regional, The X Academy hosted the Dragons Drumline Audition Clinic at Fifth Third Field in Downtown Dayton, and both the US Winds and Percussion group had three-day rehearsals in Bellbrook and Mason, Ohio.

European X competed in their first WGI Regional in Almere, Netherlands, taking home a first place finish with an impressive score of 87.4! View the Prelims Recap and Finals Recap. They performed their production "EXpress," featuring several additions from their recent consultation with Rhythm X, Inc. designer and President, Tim Fairbanks. The colorful drum slips are the awesome work of ON2 Percussion, paired with none other than Pearl Drums. European X also took over the Rhythm X Snapchat, so keep your eye out for a glimpse of the Netherlands on all social media!

1st place with a score of 87.4, European WGI Regional Champion! #eX16

Posted by European X on Saturday, February 27, 2016

Back here in the States, it was also a big weekend for the Dragons Drumline with the Dragons Drumline Audition Clinic presented by The X Academy at Fifth Third Field in Dayton, Ohio. Dozens of students from Dayton and Cincinnati came out to participate in the audition clinics with the hope of being a part of the best minor league baseball drumline in the area, and to learn from world-class instructors. Students spent the day playing several exercises and cadences and receiving feedback from Dragons Drumline Director Zac Jansheski and Rhythm X clinicians Jared Kortz and Alex McIntosh. Heater - the team mascot -  even stopped by to join in the fun! Contracted members will attend a signing event this upcoming Wednesday with the Dragons Drumline at Fifth Third Field. 

Heater came to audition for the Dragons Drumline but we're not really sure we have an X Academy shirt that will fit him...#dragonsdrumline󾇞

Posted by Rhythm X on Sunday, February 28, 2016

Meanwhile in Dayton and Cincinnati, Percussion and Winds rehearsed all weekend refining, cleaning, and producing their productions "The Alpha" and "Aurora" in preparation for the WGI Indianapolis Regional next weekend, March 5-6. Come see us next weekend to keep up with all the exciting happenings with both ensembles!

#X16 #thealpha🌕

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See you next weekend at WGI Indianapolis! 

Costa Ri-cap

Over the past two weeks, Rhythm X alumnus and instructor Tom Gasparrini has presented a clinic series across the country of Costa Rica, completing The X Academy's first-ever events in Latin America. The Costa Rica tour is the 8th international event of The X Academy, continuing the expansion of our global reach. Check out all the great places Tom and The X Academy visited on the map below:

While in Costa Rica, Tom visited six different schools across the country to present various clinics on marching percussion. Both Tom and the students at these schools were thrilled to share their love of music and marching percussion and learn from each other. Check out what Tom and some of the students shared about their experience below!

Gran experiencia hoy con Tom󾭞Un placer tocar con un drummer como el y aprender de el󾭞Pura vida Tom󾭞

Posted by Carlos Araya on Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Muy complacidos de iniciar este 2016 con la clínica para nuestra sección de Percusión con el maestro Tom Gasparrini...

Posted by Banda Municipal de Acosta on Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Una pequeña muestra del trabajo de marcha realizado con Tom Gasparrini.

Posted by Sarchí Marching Band on Friday, January 15, 2016

Fue una exelenten experiencia ojala se vuelva a repetir 󾌵 ¡ pura vida mae ! T_Gas BLUECOATS 😎󾮖󾠔

Posted by Andrey RM on Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Keep an eye out for more clinics presented by The X Academy near you! Pura vida!

Top 5 of 2015 with Rhythm X, Inc.

1. The X Academy goes global.

 14 clinics, 5 countries, and 3 continents later, The X Academy expanded their reach more than ever before.

14 clinics, 5 countries, and 3 continents later, The X Academy expanded their reach more than ever before.

2. Rhythm X, Inc. fields a WGI Winds Ensemble and wins 2015 World Champions.

 The perfect way to top off an undefeated inaugural season with their show, "Uncharted Territory."

The perfect way to top off an undefeated inaugural season with their show, "Uncharted Territory."

3. Percussion Ensemble wins 2nd Place at WGI World Championships.

 The percussion ensemble achieved 2nd place after a close call in prelims with "When One Door Closes..."

The percussion ensemble achieved 2nd place after a close call in prelims with "When One Door Closes..."

4. European X joins the Rhythm X, Inc. team.

 With the addition of European X, we can now reach even more students all around the world.

With the addition of European X, we can now reach even more students all around the world.

5. The Growl Drumline joins the Rhythm X, Inc. Team.

 A big shout out to Pearl and ON2 Percussion for the killer drums and wraps! Who-Dey.

A big shout out to Pearl and ON2 Percussion for the killer drums and wraps! Who-Dey.

The Cymbal Clinic Recap

Saturday The X Academy partnered with Seavine and hosted The Cymbal Clinic, taught by our very own Chelsea Levine. More than 30 students from 13 different schools including Avon,  Lebanon, and Center Grove High Schools came to develop their skills. 

For 2.5 hours students were able to learn alongside the Rhythm X Plateline to practice and enhance their performance abilities. Snapchat was booming with live videos of the clinic to keep you in the loop. Keep up with us live on the weekends with Snapchat at 'rhythmxinc'. 

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Thank you again Seavine for your support in creating an educational experience for students of The X Academy through The Cymbal Clinic.