The Chops Basic Guide to DCI 2022

Welcome back to the Chops blog!  It is a special year for the Drum Corps International (DCI) World Championships as they celebrate 50 years, right here this 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.

Drum Corps Competitions

Monday, August 8:  Open Class Prelims – Wildcat Stadium (Marion, IN) – 4:00 pm
Tuesday, August 9: Open Class Finals – Wildcat Stadium (Marion, IN) – 6:00 pm
Thursday, August 11:  World Class Prelims – Lucas Oil Stadium – 10:30 am
Thursday, August 11: Big, Loud, & Live – Select Cinemas across the U.S.A. – 6:30 pm
Friday, August 12:  World Class Semi-finals – Lucas Oil Stadium – 1:00 pm
Saturday, August 13:  World Class Finals – Lucas Oil Stadium – 5:30 pm

Ticket prices vary by event.  See DCI Tickets for details.

SoundSport International Music & Food Festival & DrumLine Battle (Food Trucks!)

Saturday, August 10, 10am – 2:30pm
Lucas Oil Stadium, Lot B
Free!

Corps Warm-Up Zone

The show before the show!  Get up close to your favorite drumline or front ensemble as they warm-up and prepare for their performance.

Daily, Thursday-Saturday, depending on the contest schedule

-Military Park (Drumline warm-ups). Shuttle bus will run between Lucas Oil and Military Park.
-Parking lots around Lucas Oil (Front Ensemble warm-ups)
-Free!

While we won’t be selling any gear this year, we hope to see you around and look forward to celebrating all the groups performances from this past summer!

For more information on events, schedules, venues, ticket sales and more, visit the DCI Website.

Percussion Storage Solutions for the New Year

As the new year gets underway we thought it would be a great idea to go over some easy storage solutions that you can use for your percussion gear to help keep things protected and organized. While there are some solutions that can hold multiple different types of items, we thought we would focus on the best ways to store accessories, hardware, and drum sets. Below we have listed a few great options for each type of storage solution you may be looking for.

Hardware and Cymbals

These are often stored separately and while the obvious choice for cymbals might be a cymbal bag, depending on how often you use them you may want to consider a more durable and long-term storage solution.

  • SKB Large Hardware Case with Wheels (1SKB-DH4216W) – Great for storing large amounts of cymbals stands, snare stands, etc.
  • Humes & Berg Trap Case with Wheels (DR550XABK) – Great for moving hardware and small accessories to various performance venues
  • Humes & Berg 22″ Enduro Cymbal Case with Wheels (DR526ZBKSP) – Great storage solution for drum set cymbals on the move
  • SKB Trap Case with Cymbal Vault (1SKB-TPX2) – Great all in one store for drum set hardware and cymbals. Execllent for keeping all those items together at the end of a rehearsal or performance.

Drum Set Storage

While some schools have the luxury of keeping a drum set together at all times, many schools need a way to safely store drums at the end of the school day or rehearsal. Cases like the ones below are great as they offer protection but also stack well on each other to allow you to maximize storage space.

  • Humes & Berg Enduro or Enduro Pro – These also come available with or without foam inside.
  • SKB Hard Cases – There are many option here in all sizes that will protect your drums.
  • Gator Protechter Cases – Good all around solution and sold in sets as well depending on the size of your drums.

Concert Accessory Storage

The last set of storage solutions would be for all your small accessories, concert snare drums, concert mallets, and much more. These all in one solutions can even double as a trap table if need, although we feel it best to use as storage solutions only.

  • Grover Percussion Cabinet – Good compact solution, that can store a ton of percussion accessories!
  • Columbus Percussion Percussion Cabinet – This is one of the nicer looking cabinets on the market today. Hand made quality with carpeted exterior and interior. The drawers are equipped with self-closing features and you can customize some of the shelving to fit your needs. This one comes highly recommended for the serious program!

If you want pricing or would like more details on any of the storage solutions mentioned above, feel free to give us a call at (317) 813-2070 or send an email to chops@chopspercussion.com.

Set-Up Demonstration: Percussion/Combo Kit

During this time of year we get a lot of questions about starter percussion kits and how to go about setting them up properly. The Debut instrument rental program from Paige’s Music offers a few different options for starting percussion students. You can find a video below to the Percussion (bell kit only) or Combo Kit(bell and snare) model that comes with many components that you will need to know how to set-up. By following the video and keeping the tips below in mind, you should have no problem getting you instrument set-up properly right from the start!

Set-Up Demonstration: Xylo Kit

During this time of year we get a lot of questions about starter percussion kits and how to go about setting them up properly. The Debut instrument rental program from Paige’s Music offers a few different options for starting percussion students. You can find a video below to the Xylo Kit model that has become popular over the last few years with many schools. By following the video and keeping the tips below in mind, you should have no problem getting you instrument set-up properly right from the start!

Upgrade your instrument today!

Hello! My name is Brian Travelsted, and I am the Percussion Specialist at Chops Percussion. Chops is the drum and percussion division of Paige’s Music. If you’re still renting your child’s beginning percussion kit from Paige’s and it’s no longer being used, I want to let you know about our upgrade rent-to-own options.

To see what we have to offer, please visit this link: https://www.chopspercussion.com/run?useUX=true&id=8&opid=712&_tid=475  here you will find all of your upgrade options, along with pictures and pricing information. You can also apply up to 18 months of your payments on your current instrument towards your new rental, which can lower your monthly payment!

If your child is showing a high level of commitment to percussion, now is the time to upgrade their instrument and take their playing to the next level. Please call 317-813-2070 or email sales@chopspercussion.com for more information. We look forward to helping the percussionist in your home get an instrument they’ll love playing for years to come!