Percussion

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

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X16 Rhythm SeXy T-Shirts

The X Store is excited to reveal the X16 Rhythm SeXy T-shirt Design! This year's shirt features the characteristic red claw marks from The Alpha, as well as our signature hashtag- #X16. Shirts will be available at The X Store in the WGI Expo Tent at UD Arena for WGI World Championships this week. The X Store opens in the afternoon on Thursday, April 14 and will stay open through Sunday, April 17, so stop by to get the hottest shirt at WGI World Championships. These high-quality shirts are limited edition and go fast, so when they're gone- they're gone!

Choose from two different styles:

  • Crew Neck - $25
  • V-Neck - $27

Be sure to stop by The X Store to get yours, starting this Wednesday, April 13!

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

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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#aurora🌌 #X16

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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!

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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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

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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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.