WGI World Championships

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!

John Mackey Joins Rhythm X for WGI World Championships

Rhythm X is excited to welcome composer John Mackey to Dayton, Ohio for the second half of WGI World Championships week. Mr. Mackey will be arriving in Dayton in the evening on Thursday, April 15 and departing on Sunday, April 17. On his visit, he will attend WGI Percussion World Championship Finals on Saturday evening and then WGI Winds World Championships Finals on Sunday afternoon. 


Rhythm X Winds are performing John Mackey’s work “Aurora Awakes” in their production titled Aurora. We are excited to welcome Mackey to Winds rehearsal while he is in town to help refine, polish, and provide creative input in the final stages of our competitive season. We are looking forward to the opportunity to have such a well-respected, influential composer help us bring Aurora to the next level.  

John Mackey holds degrees from the Juilliard School and the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with John Corigliano and Donald Erb, respectively. John has received commissions from the Alvin Ailey Dance Company, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Parsons Dance Company, the New York Youth Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, the Dallas Theater Center, New York City Ballet, the Dallas Wind Symphony, the American Bandmasters Association, and many universities, high schools, middle schools, and military bands. His trombone concerto, "Harvest," composed for New York Philharmonic principal trombonist Joseph Alessi, has received dozens of performances worldwide and been commercially recorded three times. 

John has served as composer-in-residence at the Cabrillo Contemporary Music Festival, the Vail Valley Music Festival, and with youth orchestras in Minneapolis and Seattle. He has received performances by the Dallas Symphony, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Bergen (Norway) Philharmonic, as well has thousands of middle school, high school, university, and military concert bands and wind ensembles. He is a two-time recipient of the ABA/Ostwald Prize, first for "Redline Tango" (his first wind band piece), and then for "Aurora Awakes" (which also received the NBA/Revelli Prize, making it one of only three pieces to ever win both prizes). The US Olympic Synchronized Swim Team won a bronze medal in the 2004 Athens Olympics performing to John's score, "Damn." 

John was inducted into the American Bandmasters Association in 2013. He currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 

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. 

eXtra Access: Episode 213

It's finally here, 2015 WGI World Championships. X15 is in its last week, Winds and Percussion are ready to take on Dayton. Will you be there?

To keep up with both Winds and Percussion, check out this blog post for our rehearsal schedule and special promotions going on all week! 

Your Guide to X15 At The WGI World Championships

In just one week, Rhythm X will have completed our biggest year to date. WGI World Championships begins on April 9 for both Winds and Percussion. We are beginning rehearsals on Tuesday to prepare for the apex of the season. All of our rehearsals are open to the public, so feel free to stop by and join us as we gear up for World Championships. 

Rhythm X Winds is also performing in their first ever WGI World Championships this year and we are beyond excited to have a group participating in this new circuit. The Winds have made history this year and look forward to continue doing so as we head into WGI World Championships.

While at the University of Dayton Arena, stop by the X Store and enter our Drum Raffle with ON2 Percussion to win a Pearl CarbonCore Snare Drum. You even get to design your own wrap! If you are unable to enter in person, click here to get your chance to win a gorgeous, new snare drum!

While you're at The X Store Booth in the Expo, make sure to check out our new merchandise and apparel as well! We have new beanies and flat billed hats, along with our limited-quantity Rhythm SeXy Tee, available only at The X Store Booth at WGI World Championships. Get yours before they run out!

Come be a part of the Rhythm X family by volunteering with us during Championships week. We are still in need of a lot of help throughout the week including representing Rhythm X at The X Store Booth, driving the Winds box truck, and providing meals for the ensemble. Visit our volunteer blog post for more information. Volunteering is an excellent way to be involved with Rhythm X and make the most of WGI Championship week!

We love interacting with our fans and there are now more ways than ever to stay updated and involved with Rhythm X! Follow us on Snapchat at 'rhythmxinc'. Download the Meerkat App to watch a live feed of the Winds and Percussion rehearsals throughout the week and in warm ups at all of the performances. 

WGI Championships week is one of the best all year and we're looking forward to sharing it all with you! Come say hi in the lot, visit The X Store Booth, and join in the conversation on social media throughout the week to make the most of WGI World Championships week with Rhythm X!

Introducing the 2015 Rhythm SeXy Tee!

You've waited all year and now it's here!

The Rhythm SeXy shirt is available for purchase on Thursday, April 9th at the WGI World Championships EXPO tent. They usually sell out before World Class finals on Saturday. We've ordered even more than last year, so if there are any left by the end of the Winds World Championships on Sunday, we'll put them online for sale on The X Store

The shirts are $20 for crew neck and $25 for v-neck. They feature premium ring-spun cotton in a modern athletic fit. 

Can't be in Dayton? Have a friend grab you one - they go fast!

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