September 2016 Posts

It’s All In The Bag

Stick & Mallet Packs for Beginning Band and Beyond

Welcome back to the Chops blog. Today we’re going to cover the different options available for stick and mallet packs.  There are great options for starting a young percussionist, as well as expanded packs for the intermediate student.  These sticks and mallets should last for many years and can be used at every level (beginner, intermediate, high school and college).  Our recommendations include packs from Vic Firth and Innovative Percussion.  Both make great quality products you can trust.  The only difference is what’s included in the packs.  A young percussionist should start with one of these packs, then add to it as they progress through their percussion education.

I’ve broken the packs down into four categories: Basic packs, Core packs, Intermediate packs, and Expanded Core packs.

Basic Packs
Basic packs include the minimum supplies every young percussionist needs:

  • Concert Snare Drum Sticks
  • Plastic Mallets for Bells and Xylophone
  • Rubber Mallets for Bells, Xylophone, Marimba and Vibes
  • Stick Bag

RECOMMENDED BASIC PACKS:

2017 WGI Independent Percussion Auditions

Legacy Indoor - 2015

Legacy Indoor – 2015

Welcome back to the Chops blog.  Audition season for indoor percussion is upon us and many of you may be considering marching in an Independent percussion ensemble this winter.  Indoor percussion, although a relatively young activity, has become very popular, both locally and nationally, over the past 10-15 years.  Over this time, many “Independent” ensembles have been started to give percussionists the opportunity to continue performing after they graduate from high school.  It also gives those whose high schools do not have a performing ensemble, an opportunity to join and experience the thrill of performing in an indoor percussion ensemble.  For those of you not familiar with this, there are “Scholastic” and “Independent” classifications in indoor percussion.   Here is the class description from the WGI website:

Scholastic – units whose membership comes from the SAME High School or a school that feeds to that particular High School.
Independent – units whose members are not necessarily associated with a particular school.

Scholastic and Independent units are then further divided into classes:

  • A Class – Beginning programs and performers.
  • Open Class – The intermediate developmental level of performers.
  • World Class – The most advanced programs and performers.

Here also is a link to the WGI 2016 Eligibility Rules (as of this writing, WGI has not updated to 2017 rules): https://www.wgi.org/files/2016PercRules.pdf

September 2016 News at Chops

Demo Gear/Clearance Items – September Updates


Demo Gear at Chops Percusssion

September brings a couple of new items to the list, as well as a couple of items with lower prices. There are some fantastic deals on this list. Make sure you check it out ASAP. First-come, first-served!

View the entire list on our website.


Marching Season Is Here


ISSMA Marching Season

 

Fall is here and it’s already week 2 of marching season! Head on over to indianamarching.com to see results from last week and to pick out which show you’re going to see this week!

 


College Marching Band Preview


College Marching Preview

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. Read more >>

Read the entire article on our blog.


Product Spotlight & Special Offer: Lalo Quick Mount Practice Pad and Mount


Lalo Rehearsal Pad Special

Designed in collaboration with Pearl Artist and acclaimed percussionist Lalo Davila, the Lalo Quick Mount Rehearsal Pad provides a convenient way to stay productive during a slow rehearsal or just to keep your hands warm.

Follow the link to watch Lalo explain why he came up with the idea and take advantage of our special offer!


Remo Price Increase Coming Soon – Order Now For Best Pricing


Remo Price Increase

Remo has announced a price increase that will be effective on October 1st. Place your orders prior to that date to receive the best pricing on Remo drum heads.

Contact us via phone or email if you’re interested in these savings.

Product Spotlight & Special Offer: Lalo Quick Mount Practice Pad and Mount

Is your drumline “hacking” on the rims during rehearsal and causing a loud distraction to the rest of the band? Give them something productive to do!

Designed in collaboration with Pearl Artist and acclaimed percussionist Lalo Davila, the Lalo Quick Mount Rehearsal Pad provides a convenient way to stay productive during a slow rehearsal or just to keep your hands warm.

Watch this video to see it in action and explained by Lalo himself!

The small, 3.5” diameter pad stows away easily, and mounts to any 3/8” post for convenient positioning. Practice in silence in any environment, from the concert stage to the football field. The Lalo Pad is a great rehearsal tool for marching percussion ensembles, providing the battery with a silent practice option.

Use the following items to mount the Rehearsal Pad to each of your drums:

Get your hands going while that woodwind arc is adjusted to picture perfect, or work out a tricky lick conveniently and quietly during a water break. Mount, Practice, and Go with the Lalo Quick Mount Rehearsal Pad!

Special Offer

Buy both the Lalo Quick Mount Rehearsal Pad and the MUH-20 Accesesory Mount for $49 for a limited time.

Lalo Pad Mount Offer