The goals of the Rhythm X, Inc. team are lofty: to bring our educational philosophies to students around the globe. This team works year-round managing the operation of all of our programs including three WGI competitive ensembles, The X Academy, The Dragons Drumline, Rhythm X Productions, and The X Store. To learn more about our world-class educational teams, visit the program pages for Percussion, Winds, and European X.

Tim Fairbanks

President

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Tim Fairbanks has taught at Centerville HS since 1997, serving as the Percussion Director until 2001. He is currently the Drill Designer for the marching band and indoor drumline, where his groups are consistent National Finalists at BOA Grand National Championships and Scholastic World Finalists at the WGI World Championships. Tim is the President of Rhythm X, Inc.  where he serves as the Visual Designer and Program Coordinator for the Percussion and Winds ensembles. He proudly endorses the products of Pearl/Adams, Evans/D’Addario, Sabian, and is a Signature Artist with Innovative Percussion. Tim is the Vice President-Percussion for WGI Sport of the Arts, serving on the WGI Board of Director’s Executive Committee, in addition to membership on the WGI Percussion Advisory Board and Steering Committee. Tim is an internationally in-demand clinician, designer, arranger and adjudicator.

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Cody Schuster

Director of Operations and Development

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Cody Schuster is a graduate from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership. While studying, Cody has been a performing member of many groups including the University of Cincinnati Bearcat Bands, the Madison Scouts, The Cadets and he was a member of the Rhythm X front ensemble during the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Cody also spends his free time arranging the battery percussion book and teaching the percussion section of the Fairfield High School marching band and has spent time teaching the Dayton Dragons Drumline, a program of Rhythm X, Inc.

Cody joined the administrative team at Rhythm X, Inc. in 2015 as an administrative intern, and transitioned to the role of Programs Manager in 2016, which he held before being hired as the Director of Operations and Development in 2018.

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Mike Scott

Vice President, Executive Advisor

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Mike Scott is the CEO of Bluecoats, a world-renowned performing arts non-profit based in Canton, OH that’s home to The Bluecoats and Bluecoats Indoor. His work at Bluecoats includes setting the vision for the organization and serving as the director for its world-class performance programs.

Prior to this role at Bluecoats, Mike got his start in performing arts education as the CEO of Rhythm X, Inc. and the Business Development Manager of Bluecoats. His work at Rhythm X, Inc. included overseeing the development of The X Academy program and starting Rhythm X Winds in the first season of the WGI Winds program.

After moving to the CEO role at Bluecoats Mike stepped into an advisory role at Rhythm X to ensure a smooth and responsible transition. Mike now serves as the Vice President of the board at Rhythm X. He resides in Canton, OH.

 
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Griffin Schneider

Media Manager

Griffin Schneider is from West Chester, Ohio where he graduated from Lakota East High School. He began his music career in the 6th grade where he first learned the art of percussive instruments. In high school, Griffin was a member of the Concert band, Symphonic band, and the Symphonic Winds group as well as the marching band where he played the tenor drums.

Griffin also works as the Media director for the Marching Arts Society helping students around the world learn from the best in the marching activity. Griffin has been with Rhythm X since 2017 and is excited for the upcoming season.

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Graham Hopkins

Administrative Intern

Native to what is widely considered the marching music capital of the world, Graham Hopkins lives and breathes the marching arts. He was first introduced to the world of pageantry as a freshman at Plainfield High School in Indiana, where he performed in marching band and indoor percussion for four years. Following his graduation from Plainfield, Graham spent a season with Matrix Indoor Percussion, competing at the Independent World level of WGI. He also began his career at Anderson University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in music business with a concentration in entertainment, which he plans to complete in the spring of 2019. Graham spent three seasons in Drum Corps International (2015-17) with the Canton Bluecoats as a drum major alongside Samuel Crawford, during which time the corps won one bronze medal (2015) and one World Championship (2016). Following his age-out year as a performer, Graham spent the 2018 DCI Summer Tour working as a digital marketing intern. He is also a part of the Silent Command Leadership team which brings conducting, and leadership expertise to students across the country. Graham plans to bring the skills he learned in his experiences, during his years with the Bluecoats, Matrix, and beyond to the Rhythm X organization.

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Becca Stein

Administrative Intern

Becca Stein has always had a love for all things marching arts. In high school, she participated in marching band and indoor percussion at Avon High School in Avon, Indiana. In her time there, she was a 4-time ISSMA State Champion and a 2-time WGI Scholastic World Finalist. She is currently a sophomore at Indiana University, majoring in finance and management through the Kelley School of Business. In that time, she shifted her focus to the administrative side of the arts when she joined the Rhythm X administrative team in 2018. Becca hopes to use her skills she has accumulated from her time in the arts to continue the success at Rhythm X. 


Our Board of Directors

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Tim Fairbanks

President

Tim Fairbanks has taught at Centerville HS since 1997, serving as the Percussion Director until 2001. He is currently the Drill Designer for the marching band and indoor drumline, where his groups are consistent National Finalists at BOA Grand National Championships and Scholastic World Finalists at the WGI World Championships. Tim is the President of Rhythm X, Inc.  where he serves as the Visual Designer and Program Coordinator for the Percussion and Winds ensembles. He proudly endorses the products of Pearl/Adams, Evans/D’Addario, Sabian, and is a Signature Artist with Promark. Tim is the Vice President-Percussion for WGI Sport of the Arts, serving on the WGI Board of Director’s Executive Committee, in addition to membership on the WGI Percussion Advisory Board and Steering Committee. Tim is an internationally in-demand clinician, designer, arranger and adjudicator.

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Mike Scott

Vice President, CEO Emeritus

Mike Scott is the CEO of Bluecoats, a world-renowned performing arts non-profit based in Canton, OH that’s home to The Bluecoats and Bluecoats Indoor. His work at Bluecoats includes setting the vision for the organization and serving as the director for its world-class performance programs.

Prior to this role at Bluecoats, Mike got his start in performing arts education as the CEO of Rhythm X, Inc. and the Business Development Manager of Bluecoats. His work at Rhythm X, Inc. included overseeing the development of The X Academy program and starting Rhythm X Winds in the first season of the WGI Winds program.

After moving to the CEO role at Bluecoats Mike stepped into an advisory role at Rhythm X to ensure a smooth and responsible transition. Mike now serves as the Vice President of the board at Rhythm X. He resides in Canton, OH.

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Mary Kate Tompkins

Secretary

Mary Kate (MK) Tompkins is an avid enthusiast of WGI, music education and excellence in the performing arts. Like many others, MK’s percussion career began at age 10 with a drum pad and bell kit. This hobby quickly turned into a love for performance. Starting in 2008, MK proudly marched four seasons with the Rhythm X Plateline. She went on to teach multiple high school and independent indoor percussion ensembles in Ohio.

Throughout MK’s time as a WGI performer and educator, she also trained as a research scientist. MK worked with the leading experts in the field of decision science, published in academic journals, and spoke at international conferences. After earning a PhD in psychology from The Ohio State University, MK accepted a position as a data analyst at a marketing consulting firm in Cincinnati, OH. MK is honored to serve on Rhythm X’s Board of Directors.

Craig Dunn

Founder, Director At Large

Craig Dunn lives in Central Oho with his wife and three kids. In 2001, Craig started the Rhythm X percussion ensemble upon his departure from Westerville South.  When Craig left Westerville he realized the need for a performance ensemble that offered a higher level of expertise than what was being offered at the time in Central Ohio.  The Rhythm X Performance Ensemble was born out of that need and is still the philosophical cornerstone of Rhythm X, Inc. Since Craig started Rhythm X in 2001, the ensemble has captured three WGI World Championships, and appeared at the WGI World Championships finals in the Independent World Class every year. Several years ago, Mr. Dunn shifted his focus to Europe and the European X ensemble, based out of the Netherlands where he has assisted with the development of the program alongside Erik DeVries. Craig has been an adjudicator for Drum Corps International and USBands. Additionally, Craig served for several years on the WGI Advisory Board, helping to shape the indoor percussion activity. Craig proudly endorses the products of Pearl/Adams, D'Addario, Evans, Innovative Percussion, and Sabian.  Craig has been the director of percussion and percussion designer with many local, national, and international percussion ensembles.  Currently, Mr. Dunn is the assistant band director at Olentangy Orange High School and teaches second grade in the Olentangy Local School District.