August 2018 Posts

2018 College Marching Band Season 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!

Meet The New Chops Team

Hey, everyone. I hope everyone is settling into the new school year! The Chops crew recorded this video to let you know that we’ve undergone some personnel changes. Please take a moment to check this out.

2018 DCI Wrap-up

Photo by: Drum Corps International

We had a great time at the DCI World Championships last week! Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth. We had a great time catching up with many of you, and hope you had a great time watching the incredible performances throughout the weekend.  Congratulations to the Santa Clara Vanguard on their first world championship title since 1999, and to the Santa Clara Vanguard percussion section for winning high percussion for the third straight year!

Thank you to Vic Firth and Zildjian for teaming with us on the display booth for the 13thconsecutive year. Make sure to visit their websites to keep up with the latest trends in sticks, mallets and cymbals for marching season!


Congratulations to all performers, staff members and volunteers on a great drum corps season!

For official scores, be sure to visit the DCI score page.

It’s Back To School Time and We’re Ready!

It’s back to school time here in Indiana and that means everyone is out shopping for supplies.  Here at Chops we’re ready and waiting to help you find exactly what you need for your school percussion program.  We’re in regular contact with band directors and percussion instructors to make sure we have everything in stock that they are requiring for class.

Here are our promises to you:

  • You get to talk to a human being that knows exactly what your percussionist needsfor school.We’re current and former percussion educators, so we speak the language.
  • We offer FREE SHIPPING to your child’s school! We have dedicated road reps at your school once a week (Paige’s Music account schools only). You can check which day Paige’s Music visits your school on the Paige’s website. As long as you order it the day before our visit, and we have the product in stock, your child will have what they need on our next scheduled delivery day. Sometimes as soon as the next day.
  • Easy returns and exchanges.This process is exponentially easier at Chops than with an online retailer. No need to box it back up and visit a UPS store. Just send it back through your director at school and we’ll take care of you.  We work tirelessly to make sure you are satisfied with your products and have exactly what you need. If neither of those apply to your experience, then we will work hard to make it right.

Our hours are:

Monday – Friday: 10-6
Saturday: 10-4
Sunday: Closed

You can reach us by phone at 1.877.900.3786 or via email at

Best of luck to everyone this school year.