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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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 join@rhythmx.org 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.

Looking for X17 Interns

We're looking for a group of out-of-the-box thinkers, problem solvers, and creative types to be the next class of Rhythm X, Inc. interns. We're a small, but rapidly growing non-profit with a start-up mentality. Our interns will work closely with our administrative team and instructional staff. We want young people who are excited about the marching arts and willing to dive head first into a fast-paced and challenging environment.

While you might get stuck grabbing coffee, you can expect to be on the front lines solving problems and developing a company and a brand committed to providing the best in performing arts education.

We're looking for a team of both administrative and media interns. To learn more and apply visit rhythmx.org/careers.

Today @ Rhythm X, Inc.: Friday, April 8th


Today, Percussion, Winds, and European X will begin their full week of WGI World Championships rehearsals! We were excited to welcome European X yesterday for their first time in the United States! They safely landed in O'Hare Airport and traveled to Dayton, Ohio where they will join up with the rest of the Rhythm X family for tonight's rehearsal. This will be the first time the entire Rhythm X family (Percussion, Winds, and European X) are all together in the same place. European X will compete in the Percussion Independent Open class with their production EXpress. The next 10 days are sure to be historic ones for Rhythm X, Inc.! 

Main Events:


  • Who: European X + Winds + Percussion
  • Where: Middletown MS
  • When: 7 pm 


  • Dragons Opening Day

Make sure you check The X Blog to keep up with what's happening with Rhythm X each day of WGI Championships week! Starting today, each morning we will have daily schedules, updates, and announcements all here on The X Blog. We also 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

Today is the day! We are on our way to Dayton. Follow us on here!#EXcited #eX16

Posted by European X on Wednesday, April 6, 2016

European X is in the air! The #XFam unites tomorrow evening in Dayton. #X16 #eX16

Posted by Rhythm X on Thursday, April 7, 2016

Talking Up Music Education Podcast - LIVE from Midwest Clinic

Check out this podcast from the NAMM Foundation about the importance and relevance of music in a student's education. Host Mary Luehrsen chats with teachers, parents, students and community leaders who share stories about what they are doing to create music learning opportunities. Live from the Midwest Clinic, this is absolutely worth a listen.

An XWinds Wallpaper For Your Phone

It's Rhythm X premiere week which means both our #X16 Percussion and Winds groups are hitting the stage for the first time at the MEPA Miamisburg contest in Miamisburg, OH.

We're in love with the floor tarp Field and Floor FX printed for us so we made it a wallpaper so you can hype it with us. The download below are designed with iPhones in mind, but if you download the iPhone 6/6S version below it should work with your phone. 'Phablet' users should download the iPhone 6 Plus/6S Plus version.

Be prepared to send your friends this link, because once they see your phone they're going to want it! All wallpapers work with the iOS parallax wallpaper feature!


*iPhone 6 Plus wallpaper works with the iOS landscape parallax feature!