The goals of the Rhythm X, Inc. team are lofty: to bring our educational philosophies to students around the globe. This team works year-round managing the operation of all of our programs including three WGI competitive ensembles, The X Academy, The Dragons Drumline, Rhythm X Productions, and The X Store. To learn more about our world-class educational teams, visit the program pages for Percussion, Winds, and European X.

Tim Fairbanks

President

@timfairbanks | timfairbanks.com

Tim Fairbanks has taught at Centerville HS since 1997, serving as the Percussion Director until 2001. He is currently the Drill Designer for the marching band and indoor drumline, where his groups are consistent National Finalists at BOA Grand National Championships and Scholastic World Finalists at the WGI World Championships. Tim is the President of Rhythm X, Inc.  where he serves as the Visual Designer and Program Coordinator for the Percussion and Winds ensembles. He proudly endorses the products of Pearl/Adams, Evans/D’Addario, Sabian, and is a Signature Artist with Innovative Percussion. Tim is the Vice President-Percussion for WGI Sport of the Arts, serving on the WGI Board of Director’s Executive Committee, in addition to membership on the WGI Percussion Advisory Board and Steering Committee. Tim is an internationally in-demand clinician, designer, arranger and adjudicator.

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CODY SCHUSTER

Director of Operations and Development

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Cody Schuster is a graduate from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership. While studying, Cody has been a performing member of many groups including the University of Cincinnati Bearcat Bands, the Madison Scouts, The Cadets and he was a member of the Rhythm X front ensemble during the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Cody also spends his free time arranging the battery percussion book and teaching the percussion section of the Fairfield High School marching band and has spent time teaching the Dayton Dragons Drumline, a program of Rhythm X, Inc.

Cody joined the administrative team at Rhythm X, Inc. in 2015 as an administrative intern, and transitioned to the role of Programs Manager in 2016, which he held before being hired as the Director of Operations and Development in 2018.

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Mike Scott

VICE PRESIDENT, EXECUTIVE ADVISOR

@thisismikescott | mikewscott.com

Mike Scott is the CEO of Bluecoats, a world-renowned performing arts non-profit based in Canton, OH that’s home to The Bluecoats and Bluecoats Indoor. His work at Bluecoats includes setting the vision for the organization and serving as the director for its world-class performance programs.

Prior to this role at Bluecoats, Mike got his start in performing arts education as the CEO of Rhythm X, Inc. and the Business Development Manager of Bluecoats. His work at Rhythm X, Inc. included overseeing the development of The X Academy program and starting Rhythm X Winds in the first season of the WGI Winds program.

After moving to the CEO role at Bluecoats Mike stepped into an advisory role at Rhythm X to ensure a smooth and responsible transition. Mike now serves as the Vice President of the board at Rhythm X. He resides in Canton, OH.

Maddie Wessel

@maddiewessel

DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Maddie Wessel is in her second year of teaching as a Band Director at Fairfield City Schools in Cincinnati, Ohio in grades 6-12. She earned her Bachelor of Music in Music Education at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 2015. While studying at Miami, she student taught in Mason City Schools and participated in many organizations: serving as Manager of the MU Wind Ensemble, Field Commander of the MU Marching Band, the MU Steel Band, Gamma Rho Chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda, Epsilon Xi Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, and MU's collegiate chapter of NAfME.

In 2012, Maddie worked for the FJM summer clinic as a drum major and student leader instructor. She has worked with many marching band and indoor percussion programs in the Cincinnati area including Lakota West, Turpin, Talawanda, and Deer Park. In the summer of 2014, Maddie worked as an intern for the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra in the Development Department. 

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Griffin SCHNEIDER

Media Manager

Griffin Schneider is from West Chester, Ohio where he graduated from Lakota East High School. He began his music career in the 6th grade where he first learned the art of percussive instruments. In high school, Griffin was a member of the Concert band, Symphonic band, and the Symphonic Winds group as well as the marching band where he played the tenor drums.

Griffin is currently pursuing a career in Electronic Media at the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash. When he is not at school or work, Griffin likes to spend time with friends and family. Griffin is excited to be with Rhythm X and cannot wait for the upcoming season. 

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Graham Hopkins

Administrative Intern

Native to what is widely considered the marching music capital of the world, Graham Hopkins lives and breathes the marching arts. He was first introduced to the world of pageantry as a freshman at Plainfield High School in Indiana, where he performed in marching band and indoor percussion for four years. Following his graduation from Plainfield, Graham spent a season with Matrix Indoor Percussion, competing at the Independent World level of WGI. He also began his career at Anderson University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in music business with a concentration in entertainment, which he plans to complete in the spring of 2019. Graham spent three seasons in Drum Corps International (2015-17) with the Canton Bluecoats as a drum major alongside Samuel Crawford, during which time the corps won one bronze medal (2015) and one World Championship (2016). Following his age-out year as a performer, Graham spent the 2018 DCI Summer Tour working as a digital marketing intern. He is also a part of the Silent Command Leadership team which brings conducting, and leadership expertise to students across the country. Graham plans to bring the skills he learned in his experiences, during his years with the Bluecoats, Matrix, and beyond to the Rhythm X organization.


Our Board of Directors

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Tim Fairbanks

PRESIDENT

Tim Fairbanks has taught at Centerville HS since 1997, serving as the Percussion Director until 2001. He is currently the Drill Designer for the marching band and indoor drumline, where his groups are consistent National Finalists at BOA Grand National Championships and Scholastic World Finalists at the WGI World Championships. Tim is the President of Rhythm X, Inc.  where he serves as the Visual Designer and Program Coordinator for the Percussion and Winds ensembles. He proudly endorses the products of Pearl/Adams, Evans/D’Addario, Sabian, and is a Signature Artist with Promark. Tim is the Vice President-Percussion for WGI Sport of the Arts, serving on the WGI Board of Director’s Executive Committee, in addition to membership on the WGI Percussion Advisory Board and Steering Committee. Tim is an internationally in-demand clinician, designer, arranger and adjudicator.

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MIKE SCOTT

VICE-PRESIDENT, CEO EMERITUS

Mike Scott is the CEO of Bluecoats, a world-renowned performing arts non-profit based in Canton, OH that’s home to The Bluecoats and Bluecoats Indoor. His work at Bluecoats includes setting the vision for the organization and serving as the director for its world-class performance programs.

Prior to this role at Bluecoats, Mike got his start in performing arts education as the CEO of Rhythm X, Inc. and the Business Development Manager of Bluecoats. His work at Rhythm X, Inc. included overseeing the development of The X Academy program and starting Rhythm X Winds in the first season of the WGI Winds program.

After moving to the CEO role at Bluecoats Mike stepped into an advisory role at Rhythm X to ensure a smooth and responsible transition. Mike now serves as the Vice President of the board at Rhythm X. He resides in Canton, OH.

MARY KATE TOMPKINDS

SECRETARY

Bio Coming Soon

Craig Dunn

Founder, DIRECTOR AT LARGE

Craig Dunn lives in Central Oho with his wife and three kids. In 2001, Craig started the Rhythm X percussion ensemble upon his departure from Westerville South.  When Craig left Westerville he realized the need for a performance ensemble that offered a higher level of expertise than what was being offered at the time in Central Ohio.  The Rhythm X Performance Ensemble was born out of that need and is still the philosophical cornerstone of Rhythm X, Inc. Since Craig started Rhythm X in 2001, the ensemble has captured three WGI World Championships, and appeared at the WGI World Championships finals in the Independent World Class every year. Several years ago, Mr. Dunn shifted his focus to Europe and the European X ensemble, based out of the Netherlands where he has assisted with the development of the program alongside Erik DeVries. Craig has been an adjudicator for Drum Corps International and USBands. Additionally, Craig served for several years on the WGI Advisory Board, helping to shape the indoor percussion activity. Craig proudly endorses the products of Pearl/Adams, D'Addario, Evans, Innovative Percussion, and Sabian.  Craig has been the director of percussion and percussion designer with many local, national, and international percussion ensembles.  Currently, Mr. Dunn is the assistant band director at Olentangy Orange High School and teaches second grade in the Olentangy Local School District.