Get Your Percussion Gear Ready For The New Year

As the new year approaches, your program is likely going into the busiest time of year with concert band, solo and ensemble, jazz band and indoor percussion all happening at the same time.  Often times you may not think about taking a little extra time to do a thorough inspection of your gear, but it will go a long way in getting the most out of your investment.

Now is a great time to do some general equipment maintenance and cleaning that can ensure you are ready for the busy months ahead.  Having your students actively participate in this process will help them take pride over equipment that will be used long after they leave your program and can help the process move along faster and seem less overwhelming.

Below are some quick and easy tips for making sure your gear is in top shape to start the new year:

  • Take an inventory of all your equipment at the end of each semester.
  • Clean all equipment using a soft cloth to remove any dirt or grime that has built up over time.  A small amount of diluted rubbing alcohol can help remove major build-up.
  • Inspect your instruments for any missing parts.
  • Check for broken or damaged areas on your equipment that may require repair or replacement.
  • Ensure that all frame bolts, nuts, carrier parts, etc. are at the correct tightness.
  • Cover all instruments daily and keep small instruments stored properly.  Don’t leave equipment on the truck for long periods of time.

For a more exhaustive list of maintenance and specific things to look for you can download the pdf file here:

Chops Percussion Comprehensive Percussion Maintenance Guide

If you are in need of parts or more tips call us today and we can help you get everything you need to make sure you are ready to go for 2019!

Take Your Cajon Anywhere with the Viva Rhythm CAJON2GO Cardboard Cajon

We all know that travelling with a standard Cajon can be awkward. They also take up a lot of storage space in a classroom if you have several for students to use. You can solve both of those issues with the Meinl Viva Rhythm CAJON2GO Cardboard Cajon.

Will it sound as good as a Cajon you spent hundreds of dollars on? No, it won’t. It will, however, be a great-sounding Cajon that is easy to transport, has built-in snare wires, and a deep bass tone. The Cajon is also durable – it will hold up to 330 lbs. The best part is the price – just $19.90* and you’ll have a Cajon that everyone will be asking you about!

We have a few left over from PASIC, so contact us at sales@chopspercussion.com and get one for yourself or your classroom today!

2018 Indiana Percussion Association Clinic Day and I&E Competition

WHAT: 2018 Indiana Percussion Association Clinic Day and I&E Competition

WHEN: Saturday, December 8th, 9am-5pm (on-site registration begins at 8am)

WHERE: Plainfield High School

HOW: On-line registration is NOW OPEN!  On-site registration the day of the clinic will begin at 8am. Cost will be $15/person pre-registration or $20 at the door. Lunch is not included but the Plainfield Band Boosters will have lunch concessions available.

Clinic Day Group Registration: https://tinyurl.com/y9frohml

IPA will be going with a more “hands on” approach that will allow the students to participate in a total of six, 50 minute hands-on master classes throughout the day! The goal of each clinician is to give your students 2-3 things that they can apply instantlyto their current playing situations.

Meinl Cymbal Tour at Chops Percussion

Are you in the market for a new ride cymbal? Have you been eager to try Meinl cymbals, but you haven’t found a wide variety to choose from? If the answer is “yes” to either of those questions, plan a visit to Chops Percussion between now and December 2ndand check out the cymbals on the Meinl Cymbal Tour.

We have a ton of stuff to choose from for the next 2 weeks. Over 30 ride cymbals; 25 crashes; 10 pairs of hi hats; and 20 effect cymbals (china, splash, stacks, etc.). You won’t find a better Meinl Cymbal inventory in Indiana than this one, so make sure you stop by and check these pies out!

Black Friday and Small Business Saturday would be great days to visit, as we will have these cymbals on sale at the same prices they were in our PASIC booth last week. If you’re curious as to what we may have in stock for the tour, feel free to email us at sales@chopspercussion.comor call us at 317-813-2070. There’s never been a better time than now to add some great sounding Meinl cymbals to your arsenal, so we hope to see you soon!

PASIC Week 2018!

It’s the most wonderful time of year again, PASIC week! Educators, clinicians, students, and performers will all come together to enjoy everything the percussive arts have to offer! The convention will be held at the Indianapolis Convention Center starting Thursday morning and concluding Saturday evening. A detailed schedule can be found at https://pasic.org/schedule.

Chops Percussion is excited to be teaming up with Meinl Percussion and Cymbals again this year. You can find us at Booth 1357/1458, located towards the back of the exhibit hall. Throughout the weekend, we will be offering SPECIAL FLASH SALES! These will only be advertised through our social media pages, so make sure you are following us on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter! We look forward to seeing you at PASIC 2018!