2018 DCI Wrap-up

Photo by: Drum Corps International

We had a great time at the DCI World Championships last week! Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth. We had a great time catching up with many of you, and hope you had a great time watching the incredible performances throughout the weekend.  Congratulations to the Santa Clara Vanguard on their first world championship title since 1999, and to the Santa Clara Vanguard percussion section for winning high percussion for the third straight year!

Thank you to Vic Firth and Zildjian for teaming with us on the display booth for the 13thconsecutive year. Make sure to visit their websites to keep up with the latest trends in sticks, mallets and cymbals for marching season!

Vic Firth.com


Congratulations to all performers, staff members and volunteers on a great drum corps season!

For official scores, be sure to visit the DCI score page.

It’s Back To School Time and We’re Ready!

It’s back to school time here in Indiana and that means everyone is out shopping for supplies.  Here at Chops we’re ready and waiting to help you find exactly what you need for your school percussion program.  We’re in regular contact with band directors and percussion instructors to make sure we have everything in stock that they are requiring for class.

Here are our promises to you:

  • You get to talk to a human being that knows exactly what your percussionist needsfor school.We’re current and former percussion educators, so we speak the language.
  • We offer FREE SHIPPING to your child’s school! We have dedicated road reps at your school once a week (Paige’s Music account schools only). You can check which day Paige’s Music visits your school on the Paige’s website. As long as you order it the day before our visit, and we have the product in stock, your child will have what they need on our next scheduled delivery day. Sometimes as soon as the next day.
  • Easy returns and exchanges.This process is exponentially easier at Chops than with an online retailer. No need to box it back up and visit a UPS store. Just send it back through your director at school and we’ll take care of you.  We work tirelessly to make sure you are satisfied with your products and have exactly what you need. If neither of those apply to your experience, then we will work hard to make it right.

Our hours are:

Monday – Friday: 10-6
Saturday: 10-4
Sunday: Closed

You can reach us by phone at 1.877.900.3786 or via email at chops@chopspercussion.com.

Best of luck to everyone this school year.

2018 DCI World Championships


Below is an article that we shared last year for DCI World Championships happening next week. We’ve updated it for 2018!

Welcome back to the Chops blog.  We’re busy gearing up for the Drum Corps International (DCI) World Championships, held right here next week in Indianapolis!  It takes place at Lucas Oil Stadium and surrounding areas.  The competition inside Lucas Oil stadium isn’t the only thing to see.  There are many events throughout the week, most of which are free and open to the public!

Here’s our basic guide to help you take in some of the action.

Proper Nutrition and Hydration is a Must for Marching Band

nutirtionWhen it comes to marching band, we tend to spend a lot of time thinking only about the notes being played or the steps being taken. There isn’t always enough thought placed on how to keep performers well-nourished and hydrated for maximum performance. Marching band, like any other sport, counts on members to be healthy in order to be successful. Make sure you (the director, parent, and student) are doing your part to keep yourself and everyone else on the field!

Here is an article from July 11, 2014 that was found at halftimemag.com. You’ll find that many of today’s top drum corps and marching bands put a lot of emphasis on proper nutrition and hydration. If you’re in marching band, you are an athlete; it’s time to treat your body as such! http://www.halftimemag.com/features/fueling-your-body.html

Chops Percussion is Hiring!

Chops Percussion

If fixing percussion instruments and working in a drum shop part-time are your thing, then you may be the person we want to talk to! Chops Percussion is currently seeking a qualified person to work part-time on our sales team and part-time in percussion repair.

You can check out the job posting here at this link: https://www.paigesmusic.com/paiges/run?id=6&_jlid=4797&lvid=557

This posting expires next Monday, July 23rd. If you think you are the right person for this job, please follow the application instructions located in the posting and I will personally make contact with you. All the info you should need is there, but if there are additional questions, please feel free to email me at derek@chopspercussion.com

Thanks in advance for your interest!