September 2017 Posts

Remembering John Henry Bonham

Welcome back to the Chops blog. Today we’re remembering the untimely passing of one of the most influential drummers of all time, John Henry Bonham. We’d like to celebrate his life and influence by sharing some of our favorite Bonham-related links we’ve found on the web. They include an article from Drum! Magazine on 10 ways to sound like Bonham, a video from his drum tech Jeff Ocheltree on how to tune and mic like Bonham, and some isolated drums tracks of him in the studio. Give the article a read, check out the Jeff Ocheltree video, then sit back and listen to the bombastic sounds and heavy grooves of John Bonham.

Performance Opportunities at PASIC

Welcome back to the Chops blog.  Today we would like to highlight some of the opportunities student percussionists have to perform in competitive events at PASIC.  With the convention being held right here in Indianapolis, it’s a great opportunity for Indiana schools, and schools from surrounding states, to give their students some incredible experiences!  Plus, by performing at PASIC, students receive a discounted rate on one-day and four-day badges!  Welcome back to the Chops blog.  Today we would like to highlight some of the opportunities student percussionists have to perform in competitive events at PASIC.  With the convention being held right here in Indianapolis, it’s a great opportunity for Indiana schools, and schools from surrounding states, to give their students some incredible experiences!  Plus, by performing at PASIC, students receive a discounted rate on one-day and four-day badges!

September 2017 News at Chops

Demo Gear/Clearance Items

Demo Gear at Chops Percusssion

Several changes have been made to the list since August. Follow the link below to view what’s still available!

View the list on our website.


New IN Bands Website

IN Bands Website

Marching season is here!  There’s a new resource for Indiana marching contest information where you can find contest lineups and results, so share this if you know somebody looking for contest information for upcoming shows!  They’re still in need of information for many contests, so if you’re a contest host, please submit your info so they can be as up to date as possible.

Visit the new IN Bands website now!


2017 College Marching Band Preview

Chops Indiana college marching band 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.

Check out our college marching band preview on our blog.

2018 WGI Independent Percussion Auditions

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: