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 Growl, 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 has taught at Centerville HS since 1997, serving as the Percussion Director until 201. 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.
Mike Scott is the CEO of Rhythm X, Inc. Mike earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 2012. There he studied percussion and conducting and completed the Farmer School of Business Summer Institute. Before beginning his career as an administrator and teacher, Mike was an active performer in the marching arts performing in the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps and Rhythm X. Mike was also a member of the Miami University Marching Band for four years, serving as the drum major during the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
In 2012 Mike began work at Rhythm X, Inc. as the Operations Director before becoming the chief executive in 2014. Additionally he works year-round at Bluecoats as the Business Development Manager. Mike proudly endorses Etymotic Research and Innovative Percussion.
Cody Schuster is currently studying at the University of Cincinnati in the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, majoring 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 Administrative Support in 2016. Cody is excited to take on more responsibilities as he moves into the role of Programs Manager for the 2017 season.
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.
INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS SPECIALIST
Tom Gasparrini is an in-demand instructor in the marching percussion world. Currently a battery instructor at The Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps of Canton, Ohio and Rhythm X of Dayton, Ohio, Tom’s experience as a world-class teacher stems from his extensive performance history. Tom started his independent performance career as a snare drummer in the Connecticut Hurricanes Drum and Bugle Corps. From there he continued on to the twelve-time world champion drum corps The Cadets before finishing his drum corps career as the center snare of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps. Mr. Gasparrini also was a performer in the world-class ensemble United Percussion and was a prominent performer and center snare of the highly successful percussion ensemble Rhythm X.
In addition to his work at The Bluecoats and Rhythm X, Tom is currently a battery instructor at the Bellbrook HS marching band and indoor percussion programs, the Northmont HS marching band, and the Carlisle HS marching band and indoor percussion program. Additionally he has instructed at the Stamford HS marching band, the New Milford HS marching band, the University of New Haven marching band, and Capital City Percussion, a world-class indoor percussion ensemble from Columbus, Ohio. Tom currently resides in Dayton, Ohio. He proudly endorses Innovative Percussion.
Kristen Wolters is a senior at Miami University in Ohio, majoring in Music Education with a minor in Arts Management. She graduated from Tippecanoe High School in 2013, participating in Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, and served as a Field Commander of the Marching Band. While studying at Miami she has been a member of the MU Wind Ensemble, the Miami chapter of NAfME, MU Symphony Orchestra, MU Marching Band, Habitat for Humanity, Feed My Starving Children, Band of Brotherhood Pep Band, as well as the Epsilon Xi Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi.
Previously she has worked with various high school marching bands serving on staff at camps, at Middletown Madison, Marion Local, Tippecanoe, and Kettering Fairmont high schools. Kristen is also starting her second year as visual coordinator for Northeastern High School Indoor Drumline. In addition she teaches privately a studio of brass students. In her spare time she enjoys frolicking through flowers and watching Harry Potter with her dog Nestlé. She is delighted to take on this new role for the 2017 season.
Sydney Covington is a senior at the University of Kentucky, majoring in Art History and minoring in Digital Media and Design. She will be applying for graduate school for Arts Administration. She graduated from Mahomet-Seymour High School in 2013 and participated in Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, and Jazz Band. At Kentucky, she has been a part of many ensembles including the Wildcat Marching and Pep Bands, Concert Band, and Trombone Choir. She is also a sister and the President of the Delta Omega Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota.
Sydney has been involved in the marching arts since 2008 and began her drum corps career in 2011. She has marched euphonium for Legends in 2011, Colts in 2012 and 2013, Spirit of Atlanta in 2014, and Blue Stars in 2015 and 2016. In her spare time she enjoys hanging out with friends and binge watching Parks and Recreation. She is incredibly excited to be a part of the Rhythm X team and for the upcoming season.
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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.
Reid Wassmer is from Owensboro, Kentucky where he graduated from Owensboro Catholic High School in 2014. He started his music career in middle school when he picked up the trumpet, eventually switching and staying with euphonium. While in Owensboro Reid participated in high school marching band where he served as drum major for three seasons. Reid has also participated in winter guard, honor bands and has played tuba in the community orchestra. He currently resides in Highland Heights, Kentucky where he is in his junior year pursuing a degree in music education at Northern Kentucky University.
Reid has spent the 2014, 2015, and 2016 seasons as a performer with Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps where he most recently won the DCI World Championship. When not involved in school or drum corps Reid teaches marching band at Beechwood High School, Ryle High School and gives private lessons in the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati Region. In his downtime he enjoys spending time with friends, doing volunteer work and traveling. Reid is thrilled to be with Rhythm X and is excited for the upcoming season.
Our Board of Directors
Founder, Board Member
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.