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.
“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.
This weekend is the WGI Mid-East Power Regional, and we talked with the Buetow brothers to learn a little about them and how the feel about the rest of the season.
Piet Mondrian, a Dutch painter who lived from 1872-1944, is regarded as one of the best-
known and important painters of the twentieth century. Mondrian is a source of inspiration to
many throughout art, architecture, and design still in the present day.
European X will be telling the story of growth and transformation in art and the artist as society
changes. This is best exemplified through Piet Mondrian’s life, an artist that started with
normal, basic standards and moved on to create his own style, that of which was not accepted
in society at first.
De production of European X can be seen at our 'Try out' and a few events of Colorguard Nederland (CGN):
18 February 2018: 'Try-out' 3pm-4pm Sporthal Almere Buiten
24 February 2018: International Contest Almere
10 March 2018: Contest Leeuwarden
24 March 2018: CGN Championships Eindhoven
Musical selections include:
-Proven Van Stijlkunst: Nr. Iv by Jacob Van Domselaer
-Trois pieces pour piano: Danse by Arthur Honegger
-Rêverie by Claude Debussy.