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.

Directors

Tim Fairbanks

Executive Director

Tim has taught at Centerville HS since 1997 as both the Director of Percussion and currently as the Visual Designer for the marching band, Indoor Drumline and Winter Guard. Tim currently also serves on the WGI Board of Directors and is  the Vice President on the WGI Executive Committee. In addition to this role, Tim serves on the WGI Percussion Steering Committee and represents Rhythm X (PIW) on the Percussion Advisory Board. Tim is an in-demand freelance designer, judge, instructor and consultant. He proudly endorses Pearl/Adams, D’Addario, Evans Drumheads, Sabian, and is a Signature Artist with Promark.

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Graham Hopkins

Director of Operations and Development

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 finished his educational career at Anderson University with a bachelor’s degree in music business with a concentration in entertainment 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 continued his passion for the marching arts in the summer of 2019 joining the Santa Clara Vanguard as a Tour Assistant. Graham plans to bring the skills he learned in his experiences during his years with the Bluecoats, Matrix, Santa Clara Vanguard, and beyond to the Rhythm X organization.


Our Board of Directors

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Tim Fairbanks

President

Tim has taught at Centerville HS since 1997 as both the Director of Percussion and currently as the Visual Designer for the marching band, Indoor Drumline and Winter Guard. Tim currently also serves on the WGI Board of Directors and is  the Vice President on the WGI Executive Committee. In addition to this role, Tim serves on the WGI Percussion Steering Committee and represents Rhythm X (PIW) on the Percussion Advisory Board. Tim is an in-demand freelance designer, judge, instructor and consultant. He proudly endorses Pearl/Adams, D’Addario, Evans Drumheads, Sabian, and is a Signature Artist with Promark.

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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.