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.
For many in the indoor activity, running an ensemble is a labor of love. In the case of Mike Scott, running Rhythm X as CEO is a full-time career.