Today @ Rhythm X, Inc.: Tuesday, April 12th

Today:

Today, all three Rhythm X ensembles officially begin their full-time rehearsal and performance schedule for WGI World Championships Week! European X will rehearse all day and Percussion and Winds will join them in the evening. 

Main Events:

Rehearsal:

  • Who: Percussion + Winds + European X
  • Where: ??
  • When: 9 am - 9 pm

Tomorrow:

  • Rehearsal
  • Family + Friends Preview Show
  • Hanging with Commandant's Own Marine Drum & Bugle Corps

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Today @ Rhythm X, Inc.: Monday, April 11th

Today:

Today, European X has a full day of rehearsal time in preparation for WGI Championships, while Percussion and Winds take a day off to return to their daily lives before the full-time WGI week begins. European X is excited to have so much quality rehearsal time with their Program Coordinator and Battery Arranger, Tom Gasparrini, as well as drill and visual designer, Tim Fairbanks and front ensemble arranger, Andrew Markworth while they are here in the United States. European X is under the direction of Erik de Vries and Michel ten Brummelhuis.

Last night, the entire #XFam participated in History Night together, watching videos and learning about the history of Rhythm X, Inc., as well as receiving their new X Numbers. Each year the members and alumni of Rhythm X change their profile pictures to their specific X Number, so keep your eye out for them!

More than 150 in attendance between Percussion, Winds, European X, staff, and alumni at History Night.Quite an awesome experience having the entire family together for the first time ever!#XFam #X16 #eX16

Posted by Rhythm X on Sunday, April 10, 2016

Main Events:

Rehearsal:

  • Who: European X
  • Where: Game On Cincinnati
  • When: 9 am - 9 pm

Tomorrow:

  • The start of full-time WGI Week for all three ensembles!

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Today @ Rhythm X, Inc.: Sunday, April 10th

Today:

Today, all three Rhythm X ensembles will rehearse all day long in preparation for WGI World Championships. Percussion, Winds, and European X will continue to refine and define elements of their unique productions. After months of dedicating every weekend to countless rehearsals and shows, Rhythm X is ready to take on WGI World Championships week. The members will also participate in Rhythm X History Night tonight, watching videos, discussing, and learning about the history and growth of our organization over the years. This night is a very special one for the members and staff and we are thrilled to be able to include European X for the first time at History Night.

Main Events:

Rehearsal:

  • Who: Percussion + Winds + European X
  • Where: Middletown MS
  • When: 9 am - 9 pm

Tomorrow:

  • European X Rehearsal

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Today @ Rhythm X, Inc.: Saturday, April 9th

Today:

Today, Percussion and European X will take a break from rehearsing for WGI World Championships to join the Dragons Drumline, a program of Rhythm X, Inc., for the Dayton Dragons Baseball Opening Day! The Dragons Drumline will perform alongside Rhythm X during the Opening Day Parade throughout downtown Dayton. Following the parade, Rhythm X Percussion will perform a free concert open on the Fifth Third Field plaza, then join the Dragons Drumline for the beginning of the game. European X is excited to get a taste of American culture as they attend their first American baseball game!

The Dragons Drumline will also perform throughout the game, amping up the crowd and helping create the fantastic game day atmosphere of a Dragons Baseball game. The Dragons Drumline, under the direction of Zac Jansheski, is a program for local Dayton student percussionists to spend the summer performing for thousands in weekly sell-out crowds at Fifth Third Field downtown. The Dragons Drumline brings in world-class guest staff members from the Rhythm X Instructional Staff throughout the summer. Come check them out!

Main Events:

Dayton Dragons Baseball Opening Day:

  • Who: Percussion + European X + Dragons Drumline
  • What: Dragons Drumline + Rhythm X performing in the Opening Day Parade. Rhythm X Percussion performs a free concert on the plaza. European X visits an American baseball game for the first time!
  • Where: Fifth Third Field, Dayton, Ohio
  • When: 1:30-4 pm

Baseball in Dayton starts tomorrow. #OpeningDay

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Rehearsal:

  • Who: Percussion + Winds + European X
  • Where: Middletown MS
  • When: 7 pm 

Tomorrow:

  • Rehearsal

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All 3 Rhythm X Inc ensembles are rehearsing in the same place! #XFam #X16 #EuroX

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John Mackey Joins Rhythm X for WGI World Championships

Rhythm X is excited to welcome composer John Mackey to Dayton, Ohio for the second half of WGI World Championships week. Mr. Mackey will be arriving in Dayton in the evening on Thursday, April 15 and departing on Sunday, April 17. On his visit, he will attend WGI Percussion World Championship Finals on Saturday evening and then WGI Winds World Championships Finals on Sunday afternoon. 

 

Rhythm X Winds are performing John Mackey’s work “Aurora Awakes” in their production titled Aurora. We are excited to welcome Mackey to Winds rehearsal while he is in town to help refine, polish, and provide creative input in the final stages of our competitive season. We are looking forward to the opportunity to have such a well-respected, influential composer help us bring Aurora to the next level.  


John Mackey holds degrees from the Juilliard School and the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with John Corigliano and Donald Erb, respectively. John has received commissions from the Alvin Ailey Dance Company, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Parsons Dance Company, the New York Youth Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, the Dallas Theater Center, New York City Ballet, the Dallas Wind Symphony, the American Bandmasters Association, and many universities, high schools, middle schools, and military bands. His trombone concerto, "Harvest," composed for New York Philharmonic principal trombonist Joseph Alessi, has received dozens of performances worldwide and been commercially recorded three times. 


John has served as composer-in-residence at the Cabrillo Contemporary Music Festival, the Vail Valley Music Festival, and with youth orchestras in Minneapolis and Seattle. He has received performances by the Dallas Symphony, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Bergen (Norway) Philharmonic, as well has thousands of middle school, high school, university, and military concert bands and wind ensembles. He is a two-time recipient of the ABA/Ostwald Prize, first for "Redline Tango" (his first wind band piece), and then for "Aurora Awakes" (which also received the NBA/Revelli Prize, making it one of only three pieces to ever win both prizes). The US Olympic Synchronized Swim Team won a bronze medal in the 2004 Athens Olympics performing to John's score, "Damn." 

John was inducted into the American Bandmasters Association in 2013. He currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 

Today @ Rhythm X, Inc.: Friday, April 8th

Today:

Today, Percussion, Winds, and European X will begin their full week of WGI World Championships rehearsals! We were excited to welcome European X yesterday for their first time in the United States! They safely landed in O'Hare Airport and traveled to Dayton, Ohio where they will join up with the rest of the Rhythm X family for tonight's rehearsal. This will be the first time the entire Rhythm X family (Percussion, Winds, and European X) are all together in the same place. European X will compete in the Percussion Independent Open class with their production EXpress. The next 10 days are sure to be historic ones for Rhythm X, Inc.! 

Main Events:

Rehearsal:

  • Who: European X + Winds + Percussion
  • Where: Middletown MS
  • When: 7 pm 

Tomorrow:

  • Dragons Opening Day

Make sure you check The X Blog to keep up with what's happening with Rhythm X each day of WGI Championships week! Starting today, each morning we will have daily schedules, updates, and announcements all here on The X Blog. We also 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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Today is the day! We are on our way to Dayton. Follow us on here!#EXcited #eX16

Posted by European X on Wednesday, April 6, 2016

European X is in the air! The #XFam unites tomorrow evening in Dayton. #X16 #eX16

Posted by Rhythm X on Thursday, April 7, 2016

MEPA Championships Show Recap

Rhythm X had a successful and productive weekend at MEPA Championships with both Percussion and Winds earning Gold medals in their classes! Congratulations on a great season to all of the ensembles who competed this weekend at MEPA Championships. A huge shout out to all of our awesome fans in the audience who made both Prelims and Finals come alive! View the recaps below:

 

Fans were excited to visit The X Store this weekend to get their hands on our Vintage Crew Neck Sweatshirt, Vintage Black Pocket Tee, and Grey Logo Jackets, as well as enter the X16 Drum Raffle! Order your merch online and come prepared for WGI Championships next week and then stop by The X Store in the WGI Expo tent to check out our brand new merch. Limited Edition X16 Rhythm SeXy tees will also be available starting Wednesday when The X Store opens. Rhythm SeXy tees sell out fast, so make sure you plan to get yours before they're gone!

 

Now that the weather is getting nicer, we love to see our fans in the lot at all of our performances! Keep an eye on our social media accounts for times and locations where you can stop by to say hey and watch the ensembles warm up in the lot. An audience full of fans in the lot makes for a really great time!

It's a beautiful day for an outdoor warm-up! #RhythmX #drumfam #evansdrumheads #X16 #thealpha🌕

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A huge thank you and shout-out to the parent volunteers who provided meals and support this past weekend at MEPA Championships! We greatly appreciate your generosity and all you do for our organization and members. If you are interested in volunteering to help fuel the members of Rhythm X through finals week by providing part of a meal, please contact Maddie Wessel at maddie@rhythmx.org. Every little bit helps!

Run-through time. #RhythmX #drumfam #evansdrumheads #X16 #TheAlpha🌕

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Rhythm X, Inc. took over the Evans Drumheads Instagram this past Sunday, posting a variety of photos and videos of Rhythm X from MEPA Championships Finals. If you haven't seen it or don't already follow @evansdrumheads, you should check it out! To get all the latest updates and behind the scenes looks at Rhythm X, be sure to follow all of our accounts on the following social media platforms!

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#X16 #thealpha #aurora

After a fantastic weekend with MEPA Championship Gold Medals around our necks, Rhythm X is looking forward to and preparing for WGI World Championships next week! We are extremely excited to welcome European X for their first ever appearance in the United States as they compete in WGI World Championships. They land this Thursday and we're anxiously counting down to their arrival so that the entire Rhythm X family can be together for the very first time!

Next weekend also marks the beginning of the Dayton Dragons Drumline's season with the Dayton Dragons Baseball Opening Day on April 9! Both the Dragons Drumline and Rhythm X Percussion will perform in the Opening Day Parade, followed by a free concert performed by Rhythm X Percussion on the plaza from 2-3:30 pm. All of these events are open to the public so we hope to see you there! The Dragons Drumline is a program of Rhythm X, Inc., providing local percussion students in the Dayton/Cincinnati area an opportunity to perform for thousands throughout the summer at Dayton Dragons Baseball games and learn from world-class Rhythm X instructional staff. Members of both Percussion and the Dragons Drumline are looking forward to performing with and for each other. 

Keep an eye out on The X Blog for a day-by-day schedule of Rhythm X, Inc. throughout WGI Championships week! See you next week!

Got this good shot of @rhythmxinc in the lot at #WGI Mid South Regional Championships in Bowling Green today.

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