European X

‘Mondrian’ de 2018 production of European X

Piet Mondrian, a Dutch painter who lived from 1872-1944, is regarded as one of the best-
known and important painters of the twentieth century. Mondrian is a source of inspiration to
many throughout art, architecture, and design still in the present day.
European X will be telling the story of growth and transformation in art and the artist as society
changes. This is best exemplified through Piet Mondrian’s life, an artist that started with
normal, basic standards and moved on to create his own style, that of which was not accepted
in society at first.

De production of European X can be seen at our 'Try out' and a few events of Colorguard Nederland (CGN):
18 February 2018: 'Try-out' 3pm-4pm Sporthal Almere Buiten
24 February 2018: International Contest Almere
10 March 2018: Contest Leeuwarden
24 March 2018: CGN Championships Eindhoven

Musical selections include:
-Proven Van Stijlkunst: Nr. Iv by Jacob Van Domselaer
-Trois pieces pour piano: Danse by Arthur Honegger
-Rêverie by Claude Debussy.

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Four American Staff Members To Join European X Staff for 2017

Rhythm X, Inc., European X, and the IMP Foundation are proud to announce another class of incredible American staff members will be working in residence with European X in 2017. This tradition of cooperation has extended for years. Each year Rhythm X and other American staffers move to The Netherlands for several months to guide the program and bring the best in US marching percussion to the European stage.

Frank Cummings (#274), left & Michael Tant (#311), right take a photo at the Rhythm X banquet following their 2013 WGI Percussion win.

Frank Cummings (#274), left & Michael Tant (#311), right take a photo at the Rhythm X banquet following their 2013 WGI Percussion win.

This year the PIO ensemble will be under the guidance and direction of Rhythm X Percussion alumni Frankie Cummings (#274), TJ Ghinder (#279), Nick Jesus (#302), and Michael Tant (#311). Frank and Mike will be working with the battery and show design, while collaborating closely with Nick Jesus and TJ Ghinder in the front ensemble. Frank and Nick will serve as the Battery Coordinator and Front Ensemble Coordinator respectively.

These four staff members represent the best in US marching percussion educators. All four instructors performed in Rhythm X's most recent WGI Percussion World Championship and have teaching experience in some of the finest independent and scholastic marching percussion organizations in the world. The crew will head to European X's home in Hilversum, Netherlands in January and remain with the ensemble until the IPE Championships in April. Prior to their arrival, Rhythm X, Inc. representatives Tom Gasparrini (#239) and Rhythm X, Inc. CEO Mike Scott (#259) will travel to the European X Audition Clinics on October 8th and 9th. This is the second year US representatives have visited the annual event of The X Academy in The Netherlands. Not coincidentally, American Mike Bishop (#176) visited European X last week for a keyboard percussion clinic.


Below are the bios for these outstanding teachers.

Frank Cummings

From Carneys Point, NJ, Frank Cummings has extensive experience both performing with and teaching elite Drum Corps International, Drum Corps Associates, and Winter Guard International ensembles.  

As a performer, Frank played snare drum with the Reading Buccaneers in 2008 and 09. He joined the Carolina Crown snare line in 2010, and in the winter of 2011 he marched United Percussion. Frank remained in the Carolina Crown until 2012 where he won the DCI silver medal. In the summer of 2013 Frank marched with The Bluecoats where he aged out as sectional leader.

In 2012 Frank joined Rhythm X - remaining with the group through the 2014 season, earning a gold medal in 2013 and a bronze medal in 2014 as the battery section leader. From there he quickly transitioned into an instructional role.

Frank has taught many scholastic percussion ensembles including Westerville HS, Mason HS, and the 2015 WGI Scholastic Open Champions Lebanon HS. During the 2016 summer Frank taught snare drum at The Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps. He is currently a snare drum instructor at Rhythm X and The Carolina Crown and the US Battery Coordinator at European X. 

TJ Ghinder (#279) performs the opening statement of the X13 program  The Man In The Arena.

TJ Ghinder (#279) performs the opening statement of the X13 program The Man In The Arena.

TJ Ghinder

TJ Ghinder hails from Akron, OH, and has played many roles in the marching arts for the past 10 years. As a performer, his first drum corps tour was with the Glassmen in 2008, where he played in the front ensemble for two years. In 2011, TJ spent his first summer with the Cavaliers; the ensemble won the Fred J. Sanford High Percussion award. TJ remained with the Cavaliers until he aged out in 2013, when he was awarded the Zildjian Award for outstanding leadership. During this time he also performed with Matrix IMPE from 2009-2011, and won the 2013 WGI World Championship with Rhythm X where he was a cast member from 2012 to '14.

As an educator and designer, TJ has worked closely with both Firestone and Nordonia High Schools. He currently serves as the Percussion Director for both Nordonia's outdoor and indoor programs. He also serves as both the music arranger and program coordinator for the Nordonia High School Indoor Drumline, and teaches private lessons in the Northeast Ohio area on topics ranging from percussion technique, to electronic sound design and music production.

Nick Jesus

Nick Jesus is an in-demand percussion and private lesson instructor in the Dayton area. Nick began his percussion career at Dartmouth High School (MA), where he was able to capture the PSW championship in 2008 and 2009. From there he went on to march with the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps from 2010-2011, the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps in 2014, and Rhythm X from 2013-2015 where he was section leader in the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

Nick's teaching experience started with Dartmouth High School from 2011-2012. He then went on to teach Westerville High School in 2013. Nick currently teaches Bellbrook High School, Kettering Fairmont, Sycamore High School and Tates Creek Indoor Ensemble.

Mike Tant

Michael Tant currently resides in Miamisburg, Ohio and has been involved with music for over 10 years as a student and 5 years as an instructor.  Although Michael began his musical venture as a cellist in middle school, he later became a member of the David W. Butler High School drumline. Michael went on to join Palmetto Percussion in 2010 and Rhythm X in 2013, earning a gold medal in both independent open and world class.  He was also a member of Carolina Crown during the 2012, '13, and '14 seasons.  In 2012, after Michael's first season at Crown, he moved to Columbus, Ohio to march Rhythm X, where he marched 2013-14 aging out in 2015.

Michael has began his teaching career as an educator in 2010 with Providence High School, in North Carolina later working with Marvin Ridge before his move to Ohio in 2012.  He has taught various high schools in the Dayton area as well, including Mason, Kettering-Fairmont,  and Bellbrook High School. This past summer Michael served as the quad tech at Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps. Michael is currently a quad instructor at Rhythm X and European X.

WGI Indianapolis & CGN Franeker Show Recap

This past weekend was really successful for the Rhythm X, Inc. performance ensembles! Competing at the WGI Indianapolis Regional, both Percussion and Winds took home first place with high scores and Percussion breaking 90! European X competed at CGN (Color Guard Netherlands) Contest Franeker, also taking home first place in Open Class Percussion with a score of 87.25. Check out the recaps below:

  1. WGI Indy -  Percussion Prelims and Finals Recap
  2. WGI Indy - Winds Prelims and Finals Recap
  3. CGN Contest Franeker - Recap

Competing against another CGN Champion, European X took home first place by a solid 3.5 points performing their production, "EXpress." Their big trip across the world to WGI Championships in Dayton, Ohio in April is coming up soon and we cannot wait to have the whole Rhythm X family together for a whole week!

1st place with a score of 87.25 #eX16

Posted by European X on Saturday, March 5, 2016

Thanks to Fred J. Miller, Inc., both the Percussion and Winds received parts of their awesome new uniforms for the show this past weekend. The Winds' black uniforms, with pops of color and a little bit of sparkle, both complement and contrast "the prettiest tarp in WGI Winds," as well as our gorgeous Adams Brass instruments. The Percussion uniform continues to evolve with the addition of torn and textured shirts, custom designed by FJM's Byron Valentine for "The Alpha."

Prelims & Finals - First-Place Finish

Posted by Jon Braude Photography on Sunday, March 6, 2016

Another shout-out to one of our amazing sponsors, Pageantry Innovations, for our 3 new electronics carts, giving us an easier and more attractive way to transport our electronics equipment. We currently have two carts available for pre-sale, visit our Pre-Sale if you are interested!

The X Store was open once again at the WGI Indy Regional with apparel, X-Plugs, water bottles, and Tim Jackson and Tim Fairbanks Signature Innovative Percussion sticks. Keep your eye out for brand new merchandise next weekend at The X Store booth at WGI Mid-South Championships in Bowling Green, KY! Get it at the regional before it's even put online!

A huge thank you to the parents and volunteers who provided meals for the members of Rhythm X this past weekend helping fuel them through the regional. Everyone at Rhythm X greatly appreciates your endless support and generous donations. Another thank you to Franklin Central for housing both ensembles at the Franklin Central Annex, with great facilities, awesome staff, and convenient location to the show!

Next weekend, both Rhythm X Percussion and Winds will be competing at WGI Mid-South Championships at E.A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Come see us perform and keep up with the ever-evolving productions, "The Alpha" and "Aurora" - no two shows are ever the same! Visit The X Store booth to be the first to get the all new 2016 Rhythm X Merch! Hopefully we will see you all there, but if not, tune into Facebook Live to stream Rhythm X warm up in real-time! Check out our live warm-up feed from this past weekend below:

Percussion Warm-Up #X16 #thealpha󾀕

Posted by Rhythm X on Saturday, March 5, 2016

#X16    #thealpha🌕       #aurora🌌  

Weekend Recap - European X, Dragons Drumline, & More!

This past weekend was a busy one across the globe for Rhythm X, Inc. European X attended (and won!) the WGI Almere Regional, The X Academy hosted the Dragons Drumline Audition Clinic at Fifth Third Field in Downtown Dayton, and both the US Winds and Percussion group had three-day rehearsals in Bellbrook and Mason, Ohio.

European X competed in their first WGI Regional in Almere, Netherlands, taking home a first place finish with an impressive score of 87.4! View the Prelims Recap and Finals Recap. They performed their production "EXpress," featuring several additions from their recent consultation with Rhythm X, Inc. designer and President, Tim Fairbanks. The colorful drum slips are the awesome work of ON2 Percussion, paired with none other than Pearl Drums. European X also took over the Rhythm X Snapchat, so keep your eye out for a glimpse of the Netherlands on all social media!

1st place with a score of 87.4, European WGI Regional Champion! #eX16

Posted by European X on Saturday, February 27, 2016

Back here in the States, it was also a big weekend for the Dragons Drumline with the Dragons Drumline Audition Clinic presented by The X Academy at Fifth Third Field in Dayton, Ohio. Dozens of students from Dayton and Cincinnati came out to participate in the audition clinics with the hope of being a part of the best minor league baseball drumline in the area, and to learn from world-class instructors. Students spent the day playing several exercises and cadences and receiving feedback from Dragons Drumline Director Zac Jansheski and Rhythm X clinicians Jared Kortz and Alex McIntosh. Heater - the team mascot -  even stopped by to join in the fun! Contracted members will attend a signing event this upcoming Wednesday with the Dragons Drumline at Fifth Third Field. 

Heater came to audition for the Dragons Drumline but we're not really sure we have an X Academy shirt that will fit him...#dragonsdrumline󾇞

Posted by Rhythm X on Sunday, February 28, 2016

Meanwhile in Dayton and Cincinnati, Percussion and Winds rehearsed all weekend refining, cleaning, and producing their productions "The Alpha" and "Aurora" in preparation for the WGI Indianapolis Regional next weekend, March 5-6. Come see us next weekend to keep up with all the exciting happenings with both ensembles!

#X16 #thealpha🌕

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See you next weekend at WGI Indianapolis! 

Top 5 of 2015 with Rhythm X, Inc.

1. The X Academy goes global.

14 clinics, 5 countries, and 3 continents later, The X Academy expanded their reach more than ever before.

14 clinics, 5 countries, and 3 continents later, The X Academy expanded their reach more than ever before.

2. Rhythm X, Inc. fields a WGI Winds Ensemble and wins 2015 World Champions.

The perfect way to top off an undefeated inaugural season with their show, "Uncharted Territory."

The perfect way to top off an undefeated inaugural season with their show, "Uncharted Territory."

3. Percussion Ensemble wins 2nd Place at WGI World Championships.

The percussion ensemble achieved 2nd place after a close call in prelims with "When One Door Closes..."

The percussion ensemble achieved 2nd place after a close call in prelims with "When One Door Closes..."

4. European X joins the Rhythm X, Inc. team.

With the addition of European X, we can now reach even more students all around the world.

With the addition of European X, we can now reach even more students all around the world.

5. The Growl Drumline joins the Rhythm X, Inc. Team.

A big shout out to Pearl and ON2 Percussion for the killer drums and wraps! Who-Dey.

A big shout out to Pearl and ON2 Percussion for the killer drums and wraps! Who-Dey.

European X and Rhythm X, Inc. Form Strategic Partnership

The organizations will share a marketing team and The X Academy.

Today we're tremendously excited to announce an official partnership between Rhythm X, Inc. and European X, an indoor percussion ensemble founded by the IMP Foundation in 2009. European X and Rhythm X have shared a working relationship over the past seven years. Craig Dunn, the organization's founder has worked closely with both groups, and each year Rhythm X staff members travel to the Netherlands to help with the design and instruction of the European X show. This week the organizations formed an official Strategic Partnership that will more closely align the organizations and officially turn the Rhythm X brand into a worldwide project.

“Since our founding, European X has shared a common vision with our American counterpoint. We are excited to officially join forces with Rhythm X, Inc. and work toward our common goals together,” said Michel ten Brummelhuis, Staff Coordinator and Board Secretary of the IMP Foundation.

The new partnership will keep each organization independent from one another, although they will now share a website and marketing team. European X will continue to draw instructional and design staff from Rhythm X, and the organizations will now work more closely on strategic development and cooperative projects. Notably, this partnership extends the scope of The X Academy to Europe. All European X audition and community clinics will be hosted by The X Academy, Rhythm X, Inc.'s newest educational program.

“We’ve always been proud of our friendship with European X. It has been great to see so many Rhythm X alumni and staff members travel to the Netherlands,” said Mike Scott, CEO of Rhythm X, Inc. “Making this partnership official has been a long time coming. I’m thrilled to be joining forces and making the X vision strong on multiple continents!”

Earlier this year, European X announced plans to attend the 2016 WGI World Championships in Dayton, OH. Just over one year from now the X family will have three ensembles at the WGI World Championships, including European X and our new WGI Winds ensemble