The X Academy

The Rhythm eXperience Premiers In Texas

This past Saturday The X Academy brought our brand new clinic program The Rhythm eXperience to the Dallas / Forth Worth area for the first time. It was a day full of talent and world-class instruction that saw one hundred students from all over Texas and Oklahoma attend! The event was hosted by Burleson Centennial High School who helped provide facilities, instruments, and even lunch provided at a discount by the band boosters. A special thanks to nearby Burleson High School who lent a beautiful set of Pearl Drums for use at the event.

Gather round. #TheRhythmeXperience #xacademy

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The X Academy brought some of the activity's most active instructors together, bringing world-class teaching experience from Rhythm X, The Bluecoats, The Cavaliers, Carolina Crown, The Crossmen, Spirit of Atlanta, and more. Instructors included Joey Depperschmidt, Chris Koenig, Chelsea Levine, Adam Norris, Dan Schack, and Dr. Lane Summerlin. Participants spent time with each instructor in sub sectionals, and even a full battery ensemble. The battery performers spent one hour in visual learning dance and movement fundamentals amongst other things.

At Rhythm X, Inc. we’re committed to bringing more and more quality educational events to The X Academy. I’m thrilled and grateful we had such a great turnout and incredible event this weekend!
— Mike Scott, CEO - Rhythm X, Inc.

The event in Texas was the first of it's kind and Rhythm X, Inc. is thrilled with the inaugural event. "At Rhythm X, Inc. we're committed to bringing more and more quality educational events to The X Academy," said Mike Scott - CEO, "I'm thrilled and grateful we had such a great turnout and incredible event this weekend!"  

Thank you to all of the students that came to the clinic, we look forward to seeing you soon! If you're in the midwest, come to the second Rhythm eXperience camp at Bellbrook High School on Sunday, September 18th! You can register here.

Interested in auditioning for a Rhythm X, Inc. ensemble? The X Academy is hosting 5 audition clinics on 2 continents this October. Download the audition packet, and register here!


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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For the most current and exciting updates on the programs of Rhythm X, Inc., follow us on Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Vine, and Periscope! Remember to use our X16 hashtags and signature emojis to join in the conversation! #X16 #thealpha🌕 #aurora🌌 

See you next weekend at WGI Indianapolis! 

Costa Ri-cap

Over the past two weeks, Rhythm X alumnus and instructor Tom Gasparrini has presented a clinic series across the country of Costa Rica, completing The X Academy's first-ever events in Latin America. The Costa Rica tour is the 8th international event of The X Academy, continuing the expansion of our global reach. Check out all the great places Tom and The X Academy visited on the map below:

While in Costa Rica, Tom visited six different schools across the country to present various clinics on marching percussion. Both Tom and the students at these schools were thrilled to share their love of music and marching percussion and learn from each other. Check out what Tom and some of the students shared about their experience below!

Gran experiencia hoy con Tom󾭞Un placer tocar con un drummer como el y aprender de el󾭞Pura vida Tom󾭞

Posted by Carlos Araya on Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Muy complacidos de iniciar este 2016 con la clínica para nuestra sección de Percusión con el maestro Tom Gasparrini...

Posted by Banda Municipal de Acosta on Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Una pequeña muestra del trabajo de marcha realizado con Tom Gasparrini.

Posted by Sarchí Marching Band on Friday, January 15, 2016

Fue una exelenten experiencia ojala se vuelva a repetir 󾌵 ¡ pura vida mae ! T_Gas BLUECOATS 😎󾮖󾠔

Posted by Andrey RM on Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Keep an eye out for more clinics presented by The X Academy near you! Pura vida!

eXtra Access: The X16 Audition Clinics

We created a special edition of eXtra Access for the X16 Audition Clinics, presented by The X Academy.

FJM - Fred J. Miller, Inc. is a proud supporter of eXtra Access. Watch all episodes at

New ON2 Drum Slips For The X Academy Pearl Drums!

The X Academy is getting a drumline of their very own and as usual Pearl Drums and ON2 Percussion are helping us out in a big way. 

Check out these incredible Drum Slips™ designed and provided by ON2 Percussion for The X Academy's Pearl drumline!

Where can you see these drums? The X Academy is hosting seven incredible clinics in the Midwest in 2015-16. Check out the upcoming events at

Print Your Very Own Poster

With the X16 Audition Clinics right around the corner it's time to get the word out! The clinics are the most fun you'll have all month - and it's best with friends! Here's how you can help spread the word, and get your friends to join the fun:

1) Download and print your favorite - or all three. ;) 
2) Take a poster to your band room.
3) Follow us on Twitter and be sure your friends know you're headed to Indy on October 4th and 11th!

Check out the posters:

Dayton Dragons Drumline Audition Clinic a Success!

Yesterday, The X Academy presented the Dayton Dragons Drumline Audition Clinic at Fifth Third Field in Dayton, Ohio. The event was a great success with students from all over the Dayton area in attendance, eager to learn and be a part of the hottest new thing in minor league baseball. Percussionists of all ages and ability levels were able to take part in the clinic this past weekend. Led by the Dayton Dragons Drumline Founder and Director, Zac Jansheski, students spent the full day learning from experienced staff; focusing on clean technique, rehearsing exercises and cadences, and meeting other students in the area. Check out some photos from the event below:

Congratulations to all those who made the line and thank you to every student who came out to the clinic to make it such a success! Contract signing occurs this upcoming Wednesday, 25. The 2015 Dayton Dragons Drumline will debut at the Opening Day Parade on April 12, 2015! Check out our schedule to find out when you can see the Dayton Dragons Drumline in action at any one of the games!