After completing its championship first season, Rhythm X Winds looks to level up by promoting Steve Mason to ensemble coordinator.
It’s one thing to create a new independent ensemble, but finding space in a packed high school program for a new winds group is something else entirely.
Between the jazz, concert, percussion, and marching ensembles present at many high school programs (not to mention pep band, winter guard, etc.), asking students to participate in yet another ensemble can be seem like asking someone to give up their first born child.
We caught up with Jereme Frey, director of Winds Scholastic World Champion Father Ryan High School, and Joshua Bishop, director of Wind Scholastic A Champion Nova High School, about the lessons they learned adding another ensemble to their high school programs.
In 2014, Rhythm X Winds was just an idea on a piece of scratch paper. But thanks to the guidance of Rhythm X CEO Mike Scott, the ensemble not only materialized, but took gold at the 2015 WGI Championships.
Mike walked us through the process of getting a new ensemble off the ground and what lies in store for Rhythm X Winds in 2016 and beyond.
After observing years of success and growth in its percussion and winter guard divisions, Winter Guard International took a step into the unknown in 2015 with the creation of WGI Winds.
It’s only fitting that RCC would leave the University of Dayton Arena tonight the same way it came in: undefeated. The ensemble was crowned the 2015 WGI PIW Champion with a score of 98.563, giving RCC Indoor its fifth world title overall.
20 ensembles entered the University of Dayton arena today, but only 15 will go on, and the battle for medal positions promises to hold our interest to the end.
The preliminary round of WGI Championships is all wrapped up, and seven PIW ensembles will be watching the rest of World Championships from the stands.
After battling the elements, group one of WGI Percussion Independent World preliminary competition is complete in Dayton, Ohio, and Music City Mystique is in front.
On March 31, WGI launched a new video streaming service to radically change the way fans access performance videos. The free service certainly has not disappointed thus far, and after hours of … um … research, we can honestly say that this is probably the best thing to happen to the indoor activity since amplification was introduced.
Music City Mystique is one of the oldest ensembles in the WGI Percussion activity, having won seven WGI titles since its inception in 1995. Driving the innovation of the ensemble is designer and program director Shane Gwaltney.
We spoke with Shane to learn more about the inner workings of the ensemble and how their 2015 production “The Game” is coming together.