Rhythms International Music Festivals: All About Education


All About Music Education

Rhythms International Festivals are about music education first and foremost, not competition. At most competitions you do not know who you are competing against (high or low). Many groups choose Rhythms because they really want to find out how good their ensemble is from the clinicians.

Rhythms offers one full hour on stage so not only do you get to perform for the judges you then receive a master class and critique from them directly on stage following your performance. Though they are very honest and direct, they will educate and motivate your students during the remaining time.

Being a festival and not a competition there is no limit as to what type or level of group participates since no two groups are compared to each other. As the director of your ensemble you may set the bar as high or as low as you wish depending on your group.  There is no set repertoire at a Rhythms Festival so you are free to choose whatever you feel is best for your particular group.  When it comes time to perform at the festival it is now up to your ensemble to meet your standards.  They will have to earn their rating from the judges who are very hard to convince!  Musicality, stage appearance, attitude, responsiveness are some of the key elements the judges are seeking.

Being a festival, everyone is a winner in that they are all entitled to receive an honest and thoughtful clinic accompanied by the recorded and written comments and suggestions of our judges. Every ensemble receives an elegant participation awards plaque and every school gets a flag of the destination along with a letter from the mayor thanking them for coming.

Fantastic Awards Banquet

One of the many highlights of a Rhythms International Festival is the banquet dinner, a semi-formal awards dinner/dance where students may dress up & feel important and valued.

The evening begins with a pre-banquet “Coke-tail” party which is a great way to break the ice between groups and have musicians mix & mingle.

Every Rhythms banquet also features a great live band to perform during dinner. Each band comes with a local flair & theme. For instance, Montreal = Jazz, Cleveland = Rock and Roll, Chicago = Blues and so on.  Students are invited to dance and even perform with the band.  That’s right! All of the bands are interactive and more than happy to have students join them on stage and perform with them LIVE!

Following dinner will be an awards presentation where each director and school will receive a custom Rhythms plaque, an envelope containing written/vocal comments of their performance, a flag of the festival destination and a rating plaque. Once the award ceremony is completed, lights are turned down and a local D.J. takes over so your musicians can dance the night away.

Learn more about participating in a Rhythms Festival!

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Jon Linker

Jon comes to Encore Tours after 20 years as a professional trumpet player in United States Air Force bands including assignments in Ohio, Germany, Massachusetts and California. During his military career he performed in concert band, jazz ensemble, brass quintet and marching band in more than 20 US states and 19 foreign countries. Jon holds a Bachelor's degree in trumpet performance from Northern Illinois University.

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