August 2016 Posts

2016 College Marching Band Preview

Welcome back to the Chops blog! Today we’d like to take the chance to preview the new college football season and several of our local collegiate marching bands.

If you are a fan of the marching arts, it’s hard to beat Indiana. Between drum corps during the summer, marching band in the fall, and winter guard and percussion during the winter and spring, there’s rarely a break between marching seasons. However, it’s easy to forget that there are many great college marching bands in the state.

Butler, Purdue, Indiana, Indiana State, and Marian University are all located in, or within a short drive from Indianapolis, and have excellent marching bands. These bands will perform before, during, and after their school’s home football games throughout the fall and winter. For the relatively inexpensive price of a ticket you can see an exciting college football game and performances from the band.  Be sure to get there early for some tailgating, as most of the bands will perform outside the stadium before everyone heads inside!

The Butler University Marching Band will perform seven times this fall at upcoming games.
9/10 – vs. Franklin
10/1 – vs. San Diego
10/8 – vs. Marist (Homecoming)
10/15 – vs. Davidson
10/22 – vs. Dayton
10/29 – vs. Valparaiso
11/5 – vs. Morehead State (Family Weekend/Senior Day)
More information can be found at

The Indiana State University Marching Sycamores will perform five times this fall at upcoming games.
9/3 – vs. Butler
9/24 – vs. Illinois State
10/1 – vs. Missouri State (Homecoming)
10/15 – vs. South Dakota
11/5 – vs. Northern Iowa
More information can be found at

IU Marching 100

The Indiana University Marching Hundred will perform seven times at IU games this fall.
9/10 – vs. Ball State University
9/24 – vs. Wake Forest
10/1 – vs. Michigan
10/15 – vs. Nebraska (Homecoming
10/29 – at Maryland
11/12 – vs. Penn State
11/26 – vs Purdue (Old Oaken Bucket)
More information can be found at

The Marian University Marching Band will perform five times this fall at upcoming games, along with many exhibition performances at local marching band shows.
8/27 – vs. Saint Xavier University, Illinois
9/17 – vs. Robert Morris University
10/8 – vs. Taylor University (Homecoming)
10/15 – vs. Lindenwood University-Belleville
11/14 – vs. Concordia University
More information can be found at


The famous Purdue “All-American” Marching Band will perform at eight upcoming games this fall.
9/3 – vs. Eastern Kentucky (Youth Day)
9/10 – vs. Cincinnati
9/24 – vs. Nevada (Band Day)
10/15 – vs. Iowa (Homecoming)
10/29 – vs. Penn State
11/12 – vs. Northwestern
11/19 – at Wisconsin
11/26 – vs. Indiana (Old Oaken Bucket)
More information can be found at

Not sure which game to attend? We’d recommend the classic Indiana-Purdue rivalry game, the Old Oaken Bucket. Both school’s bands will be in attendance, and the in-state rivalry is an atmosphere you have to experience.

Don’t miss the opportunity to see an exciting football game and marching band performance this fall!

A New Tool for Every Marching Band Percussion Instructor!

Marching band season is here and that means marching equipment and concert instruments in the pit are being put through their paces.  The constant wear and tear on instruments requires us to keep a toolbox close, either in an electronics cart or carried around in a backpack.  You never know when something will happen and it usually happens at a contest.  Pearl has introduced the new Techtool, originally designed with the drumset player in mind, but we feel it’s also a great tool for percussion instructors!  MUCH lighter than carrying around a heavy pack of tools in your backpack at a contest, the compact Techtool fits right in your pocket and has many common tools needed for percussion repair.

5 Screwdrivers: 1.5mm, 5mm, and Phillips #00, #1 and #2

6 Hex Keys: 2mm, 2.5mm, 3mm, 4mm, 5mm and 6mm

Drum Key and Bottle Opener

PTT13 Pearl TechTool-closed

PTT13 Pearl TechTool

Call, email, or order from our website HERE  so you have the tools when you need them!

Student Equipment Lists: Help Us Get Your Students What They Need For Class

Now that school has started, we’re getting visits from many parents that need equipment for the percussionist(s) in their home. Do you, the teacher, have a required list of sticks and mallets for your percussionists to get? If so, please don’t assume that we know what your student needs. A list of all of your required implements would be a huge help to us at Chops and would ensure that your students get exactly what they need when they need it. This also helps us with keeping your required implements in stock, so that no child is waiting on sticks or mallets weeks into the school year. Let’s work together and make sure your student is 100% prepared when they walk into your band room. Please e-mail your list to and we’ll do our very best to make sure we have what your student needs in stock. If you’re unsure what equipment would be good for your students to use, please contact us. We’re always here to help!

2016 DCI World Championships

DCI World Championships 2016

Welcome back to the Chops blog.  We’re busy gearing up for the Drum Corps International (DCI) World Championships this week, held right here in Indianapolis!  It takes place all this week, at Lucas Oil Stadium and surrounding areas.  The competition inside Lucas Oil 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 – Ames Field (Michigan City, IN)

Tuesday, August 9:  Open Class Finals – Ames Field (Michigan City, IN)

Thursday, August 11:  World Class Prelims – Lucas Oil Stadium

Friday, August 12:  World Class Semi-finals – Lucas Oil Stadium

Saturday, August 13:  World Class Finals – Lucas Oil Stadium

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

See the DCI day-by-day guide for more information.


Individual & Small Ensemble Competition (Performers Showcase)
Wednesday, August 10, 10am-4pm
Georgia Street


SoundSport International Music & Food Festival (Food Trucks!)
Saturday, August 13, 11am-3pm
The Pavilion at Pan Am Plaza

DrumLine Battle
Saturday, August 10, 11am-3pm
Georgia Street & Pan Am Plaza


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)

Come visit us at the Vic Firth booth!

We’ll be running the Vic Firth booth, so if you’re attending any of the events inside the stadium, make sure to stop by and say hi!  We’ll also have special show pricing on Vic Firth sticks, practice pads, stick bags, t-shirts, and many other items.  It would be a great time to try out the Vic sticks and pads and take something home!

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

If you go, let us know what you think on our Facebook page! If you wear a Chops Percussion shirt, post a pic with one of the drumlines in the background to our Facebook or Twitter page and drop by our booth for a free pair of sticks!

August 2016 News at Chops

Demo Gear/Clearance Items

Demo Gear at Chops Percusssion

Our demo list has been refreshed for August. Everything has been combined back to one list for your convenience. Plus, we added a few demo items that we’ll be getting from the Yamaha DCI Booth.

View the updated list on our website.

DCI Championships

2016 DCI Championships

It’s been an exciting drum corps season and the end is almost here. Make sure you make plans to see some of the action next week as all the corps converge on Indianapolis for the DCI World Championships, where Lucas Oil Stadium will be the center of it all. Plus, Indiana residents can enjoy DCI Finals for only $19, and bring two children under 12 for free!

You can find more info on the DCI website.

Come visit us in the Vic Firth booth at DCI

Visit Chops at the Vic FIrth DCI Booth

We’ll be running the Vic Firth booth at DCI, so if you’re attending any of the events inside the stadium, make sure to stop by and say hi! We’ll also have special show pricing on Vic Firth sticks, practice pads, stick bags, t-shirts, and many other items. It would be a great time to try out all the Vic sticks and pads and take something home!


Audio Cables and Mics available at Chops Percussion

Microphones and cables available at Chops Percussion

It’s marching season. Now’s a good time to take stock of the audio gear you use for your pit and wind soloists, and make sure they’re all in good working order. If you need new cables or microphones, or just need some extra cables for backup, give us a call and we’ll get them out to you ASAP!