February 2019 Posts

February 2019 News at Chops

Great Advice For New IPA Directors Regarding Schedules

Follow the link for some great advice that came from an Indiana Percussion Association email last season. We thought it was worth passing along again to everyone for 2019.

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Pro Audio Gear at Chops Percussion

For the past twelve and half years, Chops has strived to serve our customers with the best concert and marching percussion gear on the market. Our goal to stock the most common and necessary items and to provide quick-turnaround for instruments and not-stock items has allowed us to create positive relationships with both our manufactures and our customers. Over the last decade, the marching arts have evolved at record pace. One of the leading changes: electronics and pro audio.

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Todd Sucherman Masterclass Coming to Chops Percussion

Chops Percussion is very excited to announce that world-renowned musician Todd Sucherman will be doing a 3 hour masterclass at our store on Wednesday, April 17th, 2019. The event will begin promptly at 6:30 pm and go until 9:30 pm. Each person will get a chance to play the drums and get some performance tips from Todd.

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Cap City Percussion – Pearl & Adams Sale List

Chops Percussion will be selling all of the Pearl/Adams gear used by Cap City Percussion during the 2019 WGI season. This is a HUGE opportunity to save on gear that has only been used for a few months. If you’re looking to upgrade your battery percussion or your front ensemble gear, this is the time to do just that!

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Great Advice For New IPA Directors Regarding Schedules

 

Below is some great advice that came from an Indiana Percussion Association email last season that we thought was worth passing along again to everyone:

IPA Contest Schedules

Schedules for IPA can be found on the IPA website.

Please remember that schedules are subject to change through the MONDAY prior to the event for minor adjustments.

Advice for new directors regarding schedules:

  • When building your itinerary for the day, start with your warm up time and work backward
  • Allow at least 1 hour between arrival at contest site and transit to warm up. This will allow your kids plenty of time to unload/assemble, dress, and feel relaxed going into warm up.
  • Identify travel time to the site and add at least 20 minutes for the slower bus travel times. Look at traffic maps for any delays you might encounter.
  • Give plenty of time post rehearsal for Pack/load at home.
  • Have a plan for your students/chaperones if you are staying for critique. Many directors have communication with their chaperones that allow them to send kids home while directors stay for critique. If not, be prepared that your kids could be waiting at least an hour for you after awards to finish up critique. Not fun…
  • Have a plan for when the chaperones let everyone know to call home because buses are close to home. This will hopefully save you from waiting around too long for someone to get picked up. Inform parents that simply because the buses are back, does not mean students are free to leave. Unpacking and clean-up may still need to occur before the child can go (this might encourage parents to come help so it is done faster!)
  • Be sure that students know that post performance, your hallway spot may be given to another school and that all personal items might need to be carried or stored back on the bus. Be sure to ask the unit check in volunteers if you can stay in that location all day.

Once again, please contact Brooke Basso at admin@indianapercussion.org if there is a concern with the schedule.