The Alpha

X16 Rhythm SeXy T-Shirts

The X Store is excited to reveal the X16 Rhythm SeXy T-shirt Design! This year's shirt features the characteristic red claw marks from The Alpha, as well as our signature hashtag- #X16. Shirts will be available at The X Store in the WGI Expo Tent at UD Arena for WGI World Championships this week. The X Store opens in the afternoon on Thursday, April 14 and will stay open through Sunday, April 17, so stop by to get the hottest shirt at WGI World Championships. These high-quality shirts are limited edition and go fast, so when they're gone- they're gone!

Choose from two different styles:

  • Crew Neck - $25
  • V-Neck - $27

Be sure to stop by The X Store to get yours, starting this Wednesday, April 13!

X16 Drum Raffle

Grand Prize: Pearl CarbonCore marching snare drum with black finish and chrome hardware. 

Grand Prize: Pearl CarbonCore marching snare drum with black finish and chrome hardware. 

For only $10 you have the chance to win a gorgeous Pearl CarbonCore marching snare drum with black finish and Chrome hardware, the same ones used by the members of X16 in The Alpha.

One Grand Prize winner will win:

  • Pearl CarbonCore marching snare drum
  • Pearl marching snare drum stand
  • A pair of Tim Fairbanks signature sticks (FS-TF) from Innovative Percussion
  • A Rhythm X sticker for your laptop or car

Five lucky runner ups will win:

Entry not valid until paid. In order to purchase, be sure to click the cart button and complete checkout. You can enter the raffle in person at the Rhythm X, Inc. booth at the MEPA Championships and the WGI World Championships in Dayton, OH.
Need not be present to win. Winners will be announced that the WGI World Championships in Dayton, OH. Winners that are not present will be shipped their prize.

If you're younger than 18, always check with your parents before entering raffles and/or sweepstakes like this one. 

MEPA Miamisburg Recap

This past weekend, Rhythm X Percussion and Wind Ensembles premiered their programs for the X16 Performance Tour at MEPA Miamisburg. Percussion premiered The Alpha, with amazing 'trees' and a new tarp from Field & Floor FX. The Winds premiered Aurora, featuring the music of John Mackey's Aurora Awakes. You can view the Percussion scores here, and the Winds scores here

After the show,  The X Academy held a clinic that was well attended by local students and educators from the Cincinnati/Dayton area. The Rhythm X design team explained and revealed how our show was created, and layered. The front ensemble demonstrated parts that sound independent, but when played together create the catchy melody you hear. 

Photo Credit: Jon Braude

Photo Credit: Jon Braude

The battery then demonstrated how they are tackling a difficult design challenge this year. Each page of the show is learned with a syncopated foot timing that almost never follows a consistent pulse. This requires the players to learn the music over the syncopation or polyrhythm in the feet for every page. Battery arranger Tim Jackson discussed this logistical and educational challenge as well as how it ties into 'The Alpha' theme which often attempts to be 'first' to conquer something difficult. 

Photo Credit: Jon Braude

Photo Credit: Jon Braude

Keep up with this groundbreaking season by following us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat. You can also check us out on Periscope, accessed through links on our Twitter, for a live feed of rehearsals and lots throughout the season!


eXtra Access, Season 3 - presented by FJM - Fred J. Miller!