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Your First Drumset

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We share this blog post at this time each year.  Christmas is a popular time for kids to get their first kit, so it seemed appropriate to share this again.  myfirstdrumset.com is a great resource for those just getting started in the world of drumming.

Are you taking up drumming for the first time? Are you buying a drum set for the drummer in your life this holiday season? If so, you may want to start at myfirstdrumset.com. This website was created by the people at Pearl Drums with the idea of educating not only the drummer, but the parent or loved one who is buying the set. Here are the highlights:

  • A “Welcome to Drumming” video with appearances by some of the top names in the drumming world.
  • A step-by-step video that shows you how to correctly unpack and set up your drum set.
  • Video tips on tuning, warming up, and playing your first beats on your new drum set.
  • A drum set buying guide.
  • A very informative FAQ section.
  • Statistics that show what a great thing drumming can be for the mind, body, and spirit!

If you or someone you love has decided that this is the year to take up drumming, there really is no better place to start than myfirstdrumset.com! And when you’re ready to make the purchase, Chops Percussion has many great instrument options for you to choose from, including the Roadshow kit. We also have a rent-to-own program that features the Pearl Export: The best selling drum set of all-time! Be sure to check out all of our rental offerings at chopspercussion.com. Welcome to the world of drumming!

Practice More with the Remo Silent Stroke Heads and Zildjian L80 Cymbals

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As a young drummer, I sometimes had a hard time finding ways to practice. The desire to practice was there, but the noise associated with my practice drove everyone else in my house nuts. Today’s drummers have a little more luck in that department. There are some great products out there that can quiet your kit down, so that means more practice time for you! Two of the best products on the market for volume control are the Remo Silent Stroke drumheads and the Zildjian L80 Low-Volume cymbals. Now you can buy them both together! Introducing the Zildjian Quiet Pack (insert pack picture here).

If you’re unfamiliar with these products, check out this video from YouTube user, Buck A.:

The pack will sell for $349.95 and will be available for a limited time only. Email us at chops@chopspercussion.com or call 877-900-DRUM to place your order today!

2016 Bands Of America Grand National Championships

Over the weekend marching bands from across the nation gathered at Lucas Oil Stadium to participate in Music for All’s Bands of America Grand National Championships.

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On Wednesday evening the competition began with the Indianapolis Marching Band Tournament. The following schools from across the city participated:

Arlington Community H.S.
John Marshall Community H.S.
Northwest Community H.S.
Crispus Attacks Community H.S.
Broad Ripple Magnet H.S.
Emmerich Manual H.S.
George Washington Community H.S.
Arsenal Technical H.S.

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 www.butler.edu/bands

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 isumarchingsycamores.weebly.com/

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 www.marchinghundred.org

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
www.marian.edu/academics/school-of-liberal-arts/programs/marian-university-marching-band

Purdue

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 www.purdue.edu/bands/ensembles/aamb/

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!

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 chops@chopspercussion.com 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!