RIVER CITY RHYTHM INC

River City Rhythm's mission is to promote excellence in our youth and further their education through music and the performing arts.

RCR was established in 2009 with a focus to develop excellence in the musical and performance skills of our youth members with help from highly experienced instructors and educators. Currently, RCR supports three performing groups, plus a summer parade drumline: 

  • Indoor Drumline, competing in independent World Class of Winter Guard International and the Minnesota Percussion Association performance circuits.
  • Summer Drum & Bugle Corps (RCRDBC), competing on the Open Class of Drum Corps International's performance circuit.
  • Winter Guard, competing in independent A Class of Winter Guard International and the NorthStar Indoor performance circuits.

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As a tax-exempt 501(c)3 non-profit that is not affiliated with any school or business, RCR's operating budgets are entirely funded on dues paid by the performing members themselves and outside donations / fundraisers, like #GTMD.  

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Since it's inception RCR has seen several milestone achievements within the marching community:

  • 2009 – 2011:  Drumline competes in WGI Independent A Class reaching finals in 2010 and 2011
  • 2012: Drumline promoted to WGI Independent Open Class (PIO)
  • 2012 – 2015: Drumline voted as Open Class “Fan Favorite” for four consecutive seasons (2012 – 2015) and earns spots in PIO WGI finalists each season from 2012 – 2016
  • 2016: Drumline earns a PIO bronze medal at WGI World Championships, the first ever in the group’s existence
  • 3/2017: RCR Indoor promoted to Independent World Class (PIW)
  • 2015: RCRDBC takes the field for its first season, marching 60 members in its inaugural year and earns placement at DCI Championship of Open Class Finals, placing 9th overall
  • 2016: RCRDBC sees enormous growth, marching 90 members in its second year and earns placement for the second time at DCI Championship of Open Class Finals, placing 12th overall
  • 2017: RCRDBC grows again, marching 94 members in its third year and takes the field with brand new uniforms – thanks to the financial assistance of supporters like you!
  • 2017: RCRDBC earns placement at DCI Championship of Open Class Finals for the third consecutive season, placing 11th overall
  • 9/2017: RCR announces the addition of Winter Guard back into the RCR family


River City Rhythm is an entirely extra-curricular activity... 

whose members are high school and college students that pay out-of-pocket (or via fundraising) to participate and perform purely for the passion to do so! And RCR's success is largely due to the members' passion for excellence within a very demanding activity – both physically and mentally. Our members pay to give up their weekends during the Winter season and summers during the DCI season to rehearse, compete and represent the state of Minnesota on a world stage!

In addition to the talent on the field and floor, RCR attracts a very deep bench of talented professionals who have years of DCI and WGI experience – with some of the best performing organizations in the world. The backgrounds of our staff members are an invaluable asset when tasked with educating our contracted musicians and prospective members both on and off the field.

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In order to ensure these activities are available to serve the greater Twin Cities area, RCR seeks your financial help to succeed in this year's fundraising focus to begin the arduous process of purchasing new instruments and performance equipment for our performers. 

Thank you for your support!

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