X20 Percussion Announces Staff for Visual Ensemble & Auxiliary Section

In addition to the Visual Ensemble that Rhythm X Percussion has enjoyed the last few years, we will be adding an Auxiliary Section as well. There will be weapon (rifle and saber) and dance elements throughout.

Every year at Rhythm X, we try something different. The design team is really excited about adding the auxiliary section. Like every season, it’s going to be experimental and organic– and I’m confident that this staff will help bring our 2020 production to life.
— Tim Fairbanks
Ensemble Director, Program Coordinator & Visual Designer

Come join us for this exciting new element to our program! The audition clinics are on Sunday 9/22 and Sunday 10/6 in Centerville, OH. World class experience is preferred, but not required.



In alphabetical order:

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Lauren Drislane

Dance Choreographer

Lauren Drislane currently resides in Dayton, Ohio where she works within a special education setting teaching K-12 Health and Physical Education. Originally from New York state, she has been involved in the marching arts since 2001. As a performer, she was involved in numerous organizations including Shenendehowa HS Winterguard, Onyx, and the Pride of Cincinnati Winterguard from 2012-2015. In having a strong passion for dance, she has also performed with the SUNY Cortland Dance Company and the Pride of Cincinnati Dance Ensemble.

Along with her drive for performing, Lauren has also taught numerous scholastic and independent ensembles with a focus in movement. She is currently teaching the Miamisburg HS Winterguard, Pride of Cincinnati Winterguard/Dance Ensemble, and the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps. With a love of teaching and performing she is looking forward to this new and exciting opportunity with the Rhythm X organization!

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Jodi Fairbanks

Auxiliary Coordinator

Jodi Fairbanks has been involved the Marching Arts since 1984 and brings a wealth of knowledge everywhere she’s been involved since. Starting as the Color Guard Director at Centerville High School in 1991, her tenure there has brought two WGI Scholastic Open Championships, multiple WGI World Class Finalist appearances, and hundreds of amazing students. Jodi marched at Pride of Cincinnati in 1991 and later in Escapade’s inaugural year in 1992, where she then became a staff member for the last three years of that standard setting winter guard. Jodi taught the Phantom Regiment color guard in 1994, 1995, and 1996, winning a DCI World Championship in 1996. Jodi’s wealth of knowledge in the color guard world is universally regarded and her mentorship to her students and fellow staff members over the years is held in high acclaim.

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Alex Holland

Weapon Choreographer

Alex Holland, originally from central Minnesota, began his involvement with the marching arts in 2006 as a member of the ROCORI High School Marching Band (Cold Spring, MN) and later, additionally, the Saint Cloud All City Marching Band (St. Cloud, MN). He went on to march the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps color guard 2011-2014, as well as True North (MN), Zydeco Colorguard (OH), Mayflower (Essex, UK), and Juxtaposition (OH).

He has been involved as an instructor, choreographer, and designer for a growing number of programs including ROCORI HS (MN), Irondale HS (MN), Elk River HS (MN), True North (MN), Lux Independent (MN), Eden Prairie HS (MN), Miamisburg HS (OH), Lebanon HS (OH), Kettering Fairmont HS (OH), Juxtaposition (OH), Troopers (WY), and the Blue Stars (WI). He currently is the primary designer and choreographer for Centerville HS (OH).

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Katie McIlraith

Weapon & Dance Technician

Katie has been involved in the color guard activity since 2007. A native of Cobb County, Georgia, Katie graduated from Pope High School. Since then, she has been a performing member of the Paramount World Winter Guard program for 5 seasons ranging from 2012-2017. Katie was also a member of the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps. She completed her performing career with the Mason Entertainment Group’s 2017 production of “Blast! The Music of Disney”. 

Katie had been teaching various high school programs in the Southeast including Milton HS (GA), Hillgrove HS (GA), and Kennesaw Mountain HS (GA), as well as choreographing for various colorguards throughout the United States. Katie has worked with independent organizations including Reverie Independent (GA), The Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps (TX), Equinox Percussion (GA), Cincinnati Tradition (OH) and Rhythm X Percussion and Winds. She moved to Ohio in 2018, and currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, as the director of the Williamstown HS colorguard. Katie is presently a choreographer for multiple colorguards and marching bands in the Dayton and Cincinnati area. This winter she will be working with Bellbrook Winterguard, Springboro Winterguard, and Juxtaposition Winterguard. 

In 2015, Katie earned her B.S.N., R. N. from Kennesaw State University with a specialization in Trauma and ER. She will be working within the Children’s Healthcare system come November 2019.

Thomas Claesen