Rhythm X Announces Restructuring, Cody Schuster Hired As Director of Operations & Development

Cody Schuster - Director of Operations & Development. Mr. Schuster joined the administrative team in late-2013 as an intern.

Cody Schuster - Director of Operations & Development. Mr. Schuster joined the administrative team in late-2013 as an intern.

DAYTON, OH - Following the end of an enormously successful WGI season at Rhythm X, Inc., the organization is announcing a change in administration. Mike Scott, who has served as the organization’s first Chief Executive Officer since 2014, is stepping aside effective April 30th. However, Mr. Scott is not departing the organization; he will continue to serve the organization as an Executive Advisor and as a member of the nonprofit's Board of Directors

Mike first joined the Rhythm X family as a performer in the 2011 season. Since joining the staff in 2012, Mike has overseen the growth of the organization from the single indoor drumline founded in 2002, to an internationally recognized nonprofit operating the first-ever WGI Winds World Championship ensemble, an Open Class drumline in Europe, the Dragon’s Drumline - a program for Dayton-area high school students, and The Growl - the official drumline of the Cincinnati Bengals.

Taking over the operations management and strategic planning for the organization is Cody Schuster who has been hired as the Director of Operations & Development. Mr. Schuster is no stranger to the organization. He began as a performer in Rhythm X, Inc.’s World Class Percussion Ensemble in 2013, and immediately began working for the company - first as an intern, then as the Programs Manager from late-2014 until today. Cody brings an intimate knowledge of the organization, a passion for performing arts education, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of Cincinnati.

Mike Scott, former CEO, addressing the 2015 Percussion and Winds ensembles. It was the inagural year for WGI Winds.

“Leaving my role at Rhythm X, Inc. is difficult. It’s an organization I love, and a group of dedicated educators and performers that I have come to love,” Scott said. “That being said, there is no better person to take the reigns than Cody. He’s an empathetic and passionate leader who loves Rhythm X, Inc. and is fully equipped to envision our future.”

In addition to Cody’s leadership, Tim Fairbanks will continue to serve as the organization’s President and Director of the world-class Percussion ensemble. Steve Mason, who joined the organization in December 2014 and became the co-director of the world-class WGI Winds ensemble in late-2015 will continue to lead Rhythm X’s winds education. Rhythm X, Inc.’s programs are designed by Andrew Markworth, Tim Jackson, and Tim Fairbanks.

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WGI Dayton Regional Recap

This past weekend both Rhythm X ensembles competed at their first WGI Regional of X17 in Dayton, Ohio. It was a successful and productive weekend for each ensemble in both rehearsals and performances. Winds took first place in their class in both prelims and finals, and Percussion took second in both prelims and finals

Winds delighted the crowd with their show "Jumping Through Loops," featuring gorgeous uniforms from Fred J. Miller Inc. and the vibrant tarp from Field and Floor FX. Percussion added 11 back drop props produced by Pageantry Innovations, each standing 12' tall. Keep an eye out for more exciting additions as the show progresses!

The X Store was open both Saturday and Sunday for Rhythm X fans to grab all the best gear. Stop by at our next show to try on a jacket, test out the Tim Fairbanks and Tim Jackson Signature Innovative Percussion sticks, and pick up a lanyard for the recently reduced price of only $5!

We always love hearing from and seeing our fans on regional weekends! With gorgeous weather this weekend, tons of our fans were able to stop by to watch us warm up in the lot and say hi. Stay tuned on our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat [rhythmxinc] for updates on the location of our warm up and performance times each weekend! Tag your posts with #X17 to join the conversation.

Rhythm X @ the WGI Dayton Regional. #rhythmx #innovativepercussion #wgi2017dayton

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Thanks for supporting Rhythm X! We hope to see you at some point in our performance tour, so check out our schedule and mark your calendars. See you next time at MEPA Centerville on March 5!

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MEPA Nutter Center Recap

Rhythm X had a successful weekend with all groups finishing in first place, and we can't wait for the next show. The Percussion Ensemble took advantage of the beautiful weather and spent a day outside. 

Evening tracking #X17

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We had some fans pop into Winds rehearsal on Saturday! All of Rhythm X's rehearsals are open to the public and we love having your support. 

Rhythm X Percussion premiered their tarp thanks to our family at Field & Floor FX

Rhythm X Winds had an awesome showing as well and are continuing to add to their show. 

Thank you MEPA for hosting the show, check out Rhythm X Inc.'s entire schedule to keep up with the season. Click here for percussion and winds recaps.

Looking to score some Rhythm X gear? The X Store will be at all shows so you can stock up on X merchandise. Be on the look out for new gear soon!

Keep up with the #X17 action this season by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat!

Support X17 And Feed The Cast!

Each year Rhythm X, Inc. feeds all 100 cast members of our US WGI Ensembles every show weekend. Providing these meals ensures the performers are prepared mentally and physically for their performance and makes certain they have the time they need on show day to get ready, stay relaxed, and perform at the highest level. Since 2013 we've been providing every single meal for our performers on show day and 2017 will be no different.

Providing these meals is no easy task. With around 100 mouths to feed, both the cost and logistics can be a challenge. Fortunately, we've had incredible support from our parents and alumni to make this possible.

There are two ways you can help us feed X17. If you want to be in on the action, you can bring any portion of a meal to rehearsal and help serve along with other parents and alumni. Can't make it to a rehearsal or provide food? You can also donate and the Rhythm X, Inc. team or a parent helping serve a meal will ensure that your gift goes toward purchasing food for the cast.

To provide a meal visit our sign-up page here. Alternatively, you can make a donation towards meals at Just make a note in the donation that you'd like the gift to go towards feeding the cast!

Feeding X17 is something we care deeply about and we're grateful for your support. If you have any questions about providing a meal please email or with questions about donating to Rhythm X, Inc. contact us at Rhythm X, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and all donations are tax-deductible. You will receive a reciept via email.


Rhythm X Seeks Dancers For X17 Percussion Program

Rhythm X has a history of using additional visual performers and dancers in it's programs - most notably with more than 30 performers on the stage in the X11 production St& By Me. This year Rhythm X, Inc. will continue that tradition with the use of a dance ensemble alongside the battery percussion section.

Rhythm X, Inc. is seeking highly qualified and passionate performers with dance experience in any genre. Colorguard equipment experience is not necessary. Experience in the drum corps or indoor marching activities is great, but not required - it simply means you speak the WGI language!

Dancers interested in auditioning should register for the X17 Audition Clinics, presented by The X Academy here. Choose the "Battery / Dance" option and select "Dancer" under the instrument section. If you cannot make the X17 Audition Clinics please email us at to consider other options.

Not a dancer? You can register for Battery, Front Ensemble, Brass, and Woodwinds at the X17 Audition Clinics. The event is open to ALL SKILL LEVELS - even if you're not auditioning for an ensemble.

Today @ Rhythm X, Inc.: Friday, April 15th


Today, both European X and Percussion have made Semi-Finals after two exciting performances in Prelims yesterday! European X is making history as this is the first time they have ever made Semi-Finals at WGI World Championships! Percussion placed second in their round with a score of 94.213. Read below for more details on where and when you can catch both European X and Percussion in the lot and at Semi-Finals performances today. 

This afternoon, composer John Mackey will attend Winds rehearsal to help refine and polish Aurora, which features the music of his composition "Aurora Awakes." We are extremely excited to host Mackey and are grateful that he made the trip to check us out!

The Alumni of Rhythm X will meet tonight at Bargos Tap and Grill for the annual WGI Championships Week Alumni Reception. The Alumni greatly enjoy this event as an opportunity to catch up with friends and be together with the Rhythm X family again.

Fans are loving the new merchandise and X16 Rhythm SeXy shirts at The X Store in the WGI Expo Tent! See what all the buzz is about and stop by to check out our newest merch. Don't forget to enter the X16 Drum Raffle either! Look for the Pearl CarbonCore snare drum with a black finish and Chrome hardware at The X Store that could be yours for an entry of only $10! One grand prize winner and five lucky runner-ups will be drawn tomorrow, Saturday, April 16th so make sure you get your entry in before it's too late.


Main Events:

PIO Semi-Finals:

  • Who: European X
  • Where: Millett Hall, Oxford, Ohio

PIW Semi-Finals:

  • Who: Percussion
  • Where: University of Dayton Arena, Dayton, Ohio
  • When: Warm-Up @ 02:40 p, Perform @ 04:37 p

The X Store

  • Who: The X Store
  • Where: WGI World Championships Expo Tent @ UD Arena, Dayton, Ohio
  • When: 10:00 a - 11:00 p

Rhythm X Alumni Reception

  • Who: Rhythm X Alumni
  • Where: Bargos Tap and Grill
  • When: 6:00 p


  • WIW Prelims
  • PIO Finals*
  • PIW Finals*

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

  • Facebook - Featuring LIVE footage of warm-ups through the week!
  • Snapchat - Add us @ rhythmxinc
  • Instagram - Follow us @ rhythmxinc
  • Twitter

Shoutout to all of our fans. You guys are the best and keep us motivated to push the limits! #X16 🐾

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Today @ Rhythm X, Inc.: Thursday, April 14th


Today is a huge day for Rhythm X, Inc. and for you, the fans! While Winds continue with a full day of rehearsal, European X and Percussion will perform in their first WGI events of the week- WGI Championships Prelims! European X competing in Percussion Independent Open at Millett Hall in Oxford, Ohio and Percussion in Percussion Independent World at UD Arena in Dayton, Ohio. Come check us out in the lot and catch our performances throughout the day! Read below for more details on when and where.

Today is also the first day The X Store is open at the WGI Expo Tent at UD Arena! X16 Rhythm SeXy tees are available and will sell out fast- so get yours today! There is a limited supply and when they're gone- they're gone! Even more awesome new merchandise will be available as well, so make sure you stop by to be the first with the latest and greatest of Rhythm X gear. The X Store will be open throughout the rest of the week in the front of the WGI Expo Tent and takes cash, credit, and Apple/Android Pay.

Main Events:

PIO Prelims:

  • Who: European X
  • Where: Millett Hall, Oxford, Ohio
  • When: Warm-Up @ 04:00 p, Perform @ 06:00 p

PIW Prelims:

  • Who: Percussion
  • Where: University of Dayton Arena, Dayton, Ohio
  • When: Warm-Up @ 06:55 p, Perform @ 08:58 p

The X Store Opens

  • Who: The X Store
  • Where: WGI World Championships Expo Tent @ UD Arena, Dayton, Ohio
  • When: 09:00 a - 10:00 p


  • PIO Semi-Finals
  • PIW Semi-Finals
  • Alumni Reception

We have loved hearing from our fans so far this week! The members and staff greatly enjoy interacting with our fans and fellow musicians both in real life and on social media. 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

  • Facebook - Featuring LIVE footage of warm-ups through the week!
  • Snapchat - Add us @ rhythmxinc
  • Instagram - Follow us @ rhythmxinc
  • Twitter