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Today @ Rhythm X, Inc.: Sunday, April 10th

Today:

Today, all three Rhythm X ensembles will rehearse all day long in preparation for WGI World Championships. Percussion, Winds, and European X will continue to refine and define elements of their unique productions. After months of dedicating every weekend to countless rehearsals and shows, Rhythm X is ready to take on WGI World Championships week. The members will also participate in Rhythm X History Night tonight, watching videos, discussing, and learning about the history and growth of our organization over the years. This night is a very special one for the members and staff and we are thrilled to be able to include European X for the first time at History Night.

Main Events:

Rehearsal:

  • Who: Percussion + Winds + European X
  • Where: Middletown MS
  • When: 9 am - 9 pm

Tomorrow:

  • European X Rehearsal

We 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

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Today @ Rhythm X, Inc.: Saturday, April 9th

Today:

Today, Percussion and European X will take a break from rehearsing for WGI World Championships to join the Dragons Drumline, a program of Rhythm X, Inc., for the Dayton Dragons Baseball Opening Day! The Dragons Drumline will perform alongside Rhythm X during the Opening Day Parade throughout downtown Dayton. Following the parade, Rhythm X Percussion will perform a free concert open on the Fifth Third Field plaza, then join the Dragons Drumline for the beginning of the game. European X is excited to get a taste of American culture as they attend their first American baseball game!

The Dragons Drumline will also perform throughout the game, amping up the crowd and helping create the fantastic game day atmosphere of a Dragons Baseball game. The Dragons Drumline, under the direction of Zac Jansheski, is a program for local Dayton student percussionists to spend the summer performing for thousands in weekly sell-out crowds at Fifth Third Field downtown. The Dragons Drumline brings in world-class guest staff members from the Rhythm X Instructional Staff throughout the summer. Come check them out!

Main Events:

Dayton Dragons Baseball Opening Day:

  • Who: Percussion + European X + Dragons Drumline
  • What: Dragons Drumline + Rhythm X performing in the Opening Day Parade. Rhythm X Percussion performs a free concert on the plaza. European X visits an American baseball game for the first time!
  • Where: Fifth Third Field, Dayton, Ohio
  • When: 1:30-4 pm

Baseball in Dayton starts tomorrow. #OpeningDay

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Rehearsal:

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

Tomorrow:

  • Rehearsal

We 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

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All 3 Rhythm X Inc ensembles are rehearsing in the same place! #XFam #X16 #EuroX

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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. 

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

Today:

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:

Rehearsal:

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

Tomorrow:

  • 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

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  • 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

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. 

WGI Mid-South Championships Show Recap

Another ground-breaking weekend for Rhythm X is in the books! Winds broke 90! You can view the Prelims Recap and Finals Recap , and the Percussion premiered the final layer of their uniforms this weekend. Here is the Percussion Prelims Recap & Finals Recap.  A huge thank you to FJM for the incredible Aurora uniforms.

Photo Credit: Jon Braude

Photo Credit: Jon Braude

Photo Credit: Jon Braude

Photo Credit: Jon Braude

New merchandise has arrived in The X Store! We're already sold out of the vintage black pocket tee and vintage heather-grey crewneck but we will have more in stock online and at shows soon!

Thank you Trigg County Schools for hosting us this weekend, we truly appreciate you opening up your school for rehearsals and meals.  Also, we cannot express how grateful we are for our parent volunteers as well, they help us provide meals on every show day for the entire season.  Thank you for your continuous support of this activity. 

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Rhythm X is on Facebook LIVE! every weekend so you can watch us from anywhere in the world. We will have live streams going throughout the season to keep the fans in the action. 

Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat too! Stay tuned every weekend to be in the action of #X16. 

Be sure to tag us in all of your posts, we love seeing our fans getting excited about Rhythm X. 

You know what it is. The boys. #TheAlpha🌕 #RhythmX @jeremiahwest @aaronbailie 📸: @andyschamma

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Sequential Cymbals #TheAlpha🌕 #X16

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Next weekend Rhythm X is at it again at the MEPA Hamilton show near Cincinnati while European X is headed to CGN Finals in Almere.  

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🌌