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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. 

WGI Mid-South Championships Show Recap

Another ground-breaking weekend for Rhythm X is in the books! Winds broke 90! You can view the Prelims Recap and Finals Recap , and the Percussion premiered the final layer of their uniforms this weekend. Here is the Percussion Prelims Recap & Finals Recap.  A huge thank you to FJM for the incredible Aurora uniforms.

Photo Credit: Jon Braude

Photo Credit: Jon Braude

Photo Credit: Jon Braude

Photo Credit: Jon Braude

New merchandise has arrived in The X Store! We're already sold out of the vintage black pocket tee and vintage heather-grey crewneck but we will have more in stock online and at shows soon!

Thank you Trigg County Schools for hosting us this weekend, we truly appreciate you opening up your school for rehearsals and meals.  Also, we cannot express how grateful we are for our parent volunteers as well, they help us provide meals on every show day for the entire season.  Thank you for your continuous support of this activity. 

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Rhythm X is on Facebook LIVE! every weekend so you can watch us from anywhere in the world. We will have live streams going throughout the season to keep the fans in the action. 

Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat too! Stay tuned every weekend to be in the action of #X16. 

Be sure to tag us in all of your posts, we love seeing our fans getting excited about Rhythm X. 

You know what it is. The boys. #TheAlpha🌕 #RhythmX @jeremiahwest @aaronbailie 📸: @andyschamma

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Sequential Cymbals #TheAlpha🌕 #X16

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Next weekend Rhythm X is at it again at the MEPA Hamilton show near Cincinnati while European X is headed to CGN Finals in Almere.  

WGI Indianapolis & CGN Franeker Show Recap

This past weekend was really successful for the Rhythm X, Inc. performance ensembles! Competing at the WGI Indianapolis Regional, both Percussion and Winds took home first place with high scores and Percussion breaking 90! European X competed at CGN (Color Guard Netherlands) Contest Franeker, also taking home first place in Open Class Percussion with a score of 87.25. Check out the recaps below:

  1. WGI Indy -  Percussion Prelims and Finals Recap
  2. WGI Indy - Winds Prelims and Finals Recap
  3. CGN Contest Franeker - Recap

Competing against another CGN Champion, European X took home first place by a solid 3.5 points performing their production, "EXpress." Their big trip across the world to WGI Championships in Dayton, Ohio in April is coming up soon and we cannot wait to have the whole Rhythm X family together for a whole week!

1st place with a score of 87.25 #eX16

Posted by European X on Saturday, March 5, 2016

Thanks to Fred J. Miller, Inc., both the Percussion and Winds received parts of their awesome new uniforms for the show this past weekend. The Winds' black uniforms, with pops of color and a little bit of sparkle, both complement and contrast "the prettiest tarp in WGI Winds," as well as our gorgeous Adams Brass instruments. The Percussion uniform continues to evolve with the addition of torn and textured shirts, custom designed by FJM's Byron Valentine for "The Alpha."

Prelims & Finals - First-Place Finish

Posted by Jon Braude Photography on Sunday, March 6, 2016

Another shout-out to one of our amazing sponsors, Pageantry Innovations, for our 3 new electronics carts, giving us an easier and more attractive way to transport our electronics equipment. We currently have two carts available for pre-sale, visit our Pre-Sale if you are interested!

The X Store was open once again at the WGI Indy Regional with apparel, X-Plugs, water bottles, and Tim Jackson and Tim Fairbanks Signature Innovative Percussion sticks. Keep your eye out for brand new merchandise next weekend at The X Store booth at WGI Mid-South Championships in Bowling Green, KY! Get it at the regional before it's even put online!

A huge thank you to the parents and volunteers who provided meals for the members of Rhythm X this past weekend helping fuel them through the regional. Everyone at Rhythm X greatly appreciates your endless support and generous donations. Another thank you to Franklin Central for housing both ensembles at the Franklin Central Annex, with great facilities, awesome staff, and convenient location to the show!

Next weekend, both Rhythm X Percussion and Winds will be competing at WGI Mid-South Championships at E.A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Come see us perform and keep up with the ever-evolving productions, "The Alpha" and "Aurora" - no two shows are ever the same! Visit The X Store booth to be the first to get the all new 2016 Rhythm X Merch! Hopefully we will see you all there, but if not, tune into Facebook Live to stream Rhythm X warm up in real-time! Check out our live warm-up feed from this past weekend below:

Percussion Warm-Up #X16 #thealpha󾀕

Posted by Rhythm X on Saturday, March 5, 2016

#X16    #thealpha🌕       #aurora🌌  

WGI Dayton Regional Recap

This past weekend Rhythm X Winds and Percussion performed at the first WGI Regional of the X16 Performance Tour in Dayton, Ohio. Both ensembles earned first place in their class in both prelims and finals. View the Percussion Prelims Recap and Finals Recap. View the Winds Prelims Recap and Finals Recap.

Percussion performed their show The Alpha, featuring the iconic birch trees and wolf personas. Winds performed their show Aurora, featuring the music of John Mackey's Aurora Awakes and what is quickly becoming know as "the prettiest tarp in WGI Winds."

Prettiest floor in all of #WGI winds! #mepapride #wgidayton

Posted by The Mid East Performance Association on Saturday, February 13, 2016

Rhythm X fans were able to stock up on merchandise this weekend with the first full appearance of The X Store on the X16 Performance Tour. Beanies and hoodies flew off the shelves in the cold, snowy climate of the weekend! Make sure to stop by The X Store to try out and get your own pair of Tim Fairbanks and Tim Jackson's Signature Innovative Percussion Sticks stamped with the classic Rhythm X logo.

The X Store is open at the WGI Dayton Regional Percussion Finals today! Stop by, say hey, and get some merch!

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Want to be part of the action on show weekends with Rhythm X? Join the conversation on social media using our hashtags and signature emojis:

  • #X16
  • #thealpha🌕
  • #aurora🌌

We love hearing from our fans and supporters, so give us a follow and reach out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Periscope, Vine, and Snapchat. See what some of our fans posted below!

An XWinds Wallpaper For Your Phone

It's Rhythm X premiere week which means both our #X16 Percussion and Winds groups are hitting the stage for the first time at the MEPA Miamisburg contest in Miamisburg, OH.

We're in love with the floor tarp Field and Floor FX printed for us so we made it a wallpaper so you can hype it with us. The download below are designed with iPhones in mind, but if you download the iPhone 6/6S version below it should work with your phone. 'Phablet' users should download the iPhone 6 Plus/6S Plus version.

Be prepared to send your friends this link, because once they see your phone they're going to want it! All wallpapers work with the iOS parallax wallpaper feature!

 

*iPhone 6 Plus wallpaper works with the iOS landscape parallax feature!

eXtra Access: Episode 213

It's finally here, 2015 WGI World Championships. X15 is in its last week, Winds and Percussion are ready to take on Dayton. Will you be there?

To keep up with both Winds and Percussion, check out this blog post for our rehearsal schedule and special promotions going on all week! 

Your Guide to X15 At The WGI World Championships

In just one week, Rhythm X will have completed our biggest year to date. WGI World Championships begins on April 9 for both Winds and Percussion. We are beginning rehearsals on Tuesday to prepare for the apex of the season. All of our rehearsals are open to the public, so feel free to stop by and join us as we gear up for World Championships. 

Rhythm X Winds is also performing in their first ever WGI World Championships this year and we are beyond excited to have a group participating in this new circuit. The Winds have made history this year and look forward to continue doing so as we head into WGI World Championships.

While at the University of Dayton Arena, stop by the X Store and enter our Drum Raffle with ON2 Percussion to win a Pearl CarbonCore Snare Drum. You even get to design your own wrap! If you are unable to enter in person, click here to get your chance to win a gorgeous, new snare drum!

While you're at The X Store Booth in the Expo, make sure to check out our new merchandise and apparel as well! We have new beanies and flat billed hats, along with our limited-quantity Rhythm SeXy Tee, available only at The X Store Booth at WGI World Championships. Get yours before they run out!

Come be a part of the Rhythm X family by volunteering with us during Championships week. We are still in need of a lot of help throughout the week including representing Rhythm X at The X Store Booth, driving the Winds box truck, and providing meals for the ensemble. Visit our volunteer blog post for more information. Volunteering is an excellent way to be involved with Rhythm X and make the most of WGI Championship week!

We love interacting with our fans and there are now more ways than ever to stay updated and involved with Rhythm X! Follow us on Snapchat at 'rhythmxinc'. Download the Meerkat App to watch a live feed of the Winds and Percussion rehearsals throughout the week and in warm ups at all of the performances. 

WGI Championships week is one of the best all year and we're looking forward to sharing it all with you! Come say hi in the lot, visit The X Store Booth, and join in the conversation on social media throughout the week to make the most of WGI World Championships week with Rhythm X!