Welcome to River City Rhythm
Our mission is to promote excellence in our youth and further their education through music and the performing arts.
Bringing more options for the competitive marching arts to Minnesota.
River City Rhythm was founded to serve the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area by Executive Director, Beau Hansen in the fall of 2009. Initially, RCR functioned solely as an indoor Drumline, competing locally in the Minnesota Percussion Association (MPA) and nationally as part of Winter Guard International (WGI) World Championships.
RCR Indoor Drumline began its competition life in Independent A Class from 2009 to 2011, reaching finals in 2010 and 2011 before graduating to WGI Independent Open Class (PIO). Here, RCR saw continued success, being named Open Class “Fan Favorite” for four consecutive seasons (2012 – 2015), PIO WGI finalists each season from 2012 – 2016 and PIO bronze medalists in 2016. In March 2017, RCR Indoor was promoted to Independent World Class (PIW), where we look forward to continuing our tradition of excellence.
WGI Independent World Class
Since its founding, RCR has continued to grow in both size and scope, expanding into Winterguard competition in 2014 through a partnership with Lux Independent, who has competed in WGI Independent World Class. While Lux has taken the 2016-17 season off to regroup and rebuild, we’re looking forward to seeing them retake the floor for the 2017-18 WGI season!
In 2015, RCR expanded further, adding a summer drum & bugle corps, competing in Drum Corps International (DCI) Open Class, after seeing the lack of and need for a Twin Cities based DCI corps. In its first three seasons, we have experienced not only extraordinarily fast growth, but have attracted highly talented young musicians hailing from multiple states and countries.
In its short existence – and through a combination of hard-working members and a highly skilled staff that is able to maximize their interactions with members – RCR Drum Corps has quickly developed a reputation for excellence on the field. And we have earned placement at DCI Open Class Championship Finals in all three seasons of existence (2015, 2016 and 2017).