Derek Felix Posts

July 2018 News at Chops

Demo Gear Updates

The demo list has some fresh updates for the month of July. Follow the link below to see what’s been added and removed since June.

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Student Equipment Lists

We send this request out each year and heard back from many of you. We’re asking again this year just in case you’ve made changes to your list of required items for 2018.

For parents with kids in band for the first time, back to school can be quite confusing (especially with a young percussionist at home). Do you, the teacher, have a required list of sticks and mallets for your percussionists to get? We would love to have an updated copy of that here at Chops. A list of all of your required implements would be a huge help to us and would ensure that your student gets exactly what they need before their first day of band class.

This also helps us with keeping your required implements in stock, so that no child is waiting on sticks or mallets when school starts. I know it’s hard to believe, but the first day of school isn’t that far away. Let’s work together and make sure your student is 100% prepared before they walk into your band room.

Please e-mail your list to and we’ll do our very best to make sure we have what your student needs in stock. Thanks for the help and enjoy the rest of your summer!

Product Spotlight: Yamaha YVRD2700GC

Are you in the market for a new vibraphone? Would you like it for marching band season? Would you like it ASAP? If the answer is “yes” to those questions, we’ve got you covered with a great deal on a Yamaha YVRD2700GC that was used at the MFA Concert Band Festival. You can learn more about the instrument on the product page. The price is over on the demo list.

The End Of An Era at Chops Percussion

On May 30, 2006, Jeff Huffman and I began our journey here at Chops Percussion. We had taught together before that and we had been roommates a couple of different times, so the two of us teaming up together to start Chops made perfect sense. For 12+ years now, the team known simply as “Jeff and Derek” have held down the fort here at Chops, which is what makes this blog so difficult to write.

Made official as of this past Tuesday, Jeff will no longer be with Chops Percussion. He is moving on to a job with Hoshino USA, to help grow the Tama Marching Percussion line of instruments. Jeff is perfect for this position when you consider not only his dealer experience, but also his 6+ years of experience with the Tama product while leading Avon HS to multiple IPA State Championships and WGI PSW Finals appearances. Hoshino is very lucky to have him, and we are very sad to see him go. I can assure you of this: no one is sadder about this than I am, but I know Jeff will be great at his new gig and Tama will be a stronger brand because of him. His last day at Chops Percussion is this Friday, July 6.

Our customers can rest assured that Chops will continue to offer the same great products, high-level service, and product knowledge you have come to expect these last 12 years. I know many of you reading have worked closely with Jeff over this time, so please join me in congratulating him on a job well done here and wishing him well in his new endeavor. If you wish to say something to him on our Facebook page or your personal Facebook page, please use the hashtag “ThanksJeff”. Feel free to use that hashtag on other social media sites as well.

Chops will not be the same without you, my friend. I wish you the very best in this new job and look forward to your visits as our new Tama Marching Percussion rep!

FAQ: How Do I Pay Off My Instrument Rental?

Did you know you can pay off your instrument rental contract early and save!

If you choose, you may pay off your instrument balance in full and save 40% off your remaining balance. You can do this at anytime during your contract. There is no penalty for paying your instrument off early.

To do this, please call our accounting office at Paige’s Music by calling 1-800-382-1099.

You can also complete this process online on the Paige’s Music website. Please refer to this earlier post that explains how to make a payment on our website.

As always, please give us a call if you have any questions.

WGI 2018 Percussion Championships Wrap Up

Chops Percussion made the trip to Dayton, OH this past weekend for the WGI World Championships. We are very lucky to have the support of many groups that competed at the three-day event. Without these groups, our success would not be possible. Congratulations to the following groups for making it to the Finals round in their respective classes:

Scholastic A (PSA) Finals
Plainfield HS – 1st Place, Gold Medalist
Minooka HS – 15th Place

Scholastic Concert A (PSCA) Finals
Decatur Central HS – 1st Place, Gold Medalist

Scholastic Concert Open (PSCO) Finals
Plainfield HS – 6th Place

Scholastic Concert World (PSCW) Finals
Fishers HS – 1st Place, Gold Medalist

Scholastic Open (PSO) Finals
Victor J Andrew HS – 3rd Place, Bronze Medalist
Lawrence Township HS – 6th Place
Greenfield-Central HS – 13th Place

Independent Open (PIO) Finals
Legacy Open – 11th Place

Scholastic World (PSW) Finals
Franklin Central HS – 5th Place
Avon HS – 7th Place
Center Grove HS – 8th Place
Fishers HS – 15th Place

Congratulations also to the following groups for their participation at the WGI World Championships:

PSA: Milford HS, Southport HS, Hamilton Southeastern HS
PSO: Zionsville HS, Forsyth Central HS, Clinton HS
PSW: Lambert HS
PIW: Legacy World

A big THANK YOU goes out to all of you that followed us on Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat this past weekend. We look forward to providing more content like this for you at future events.

We’ll see you next year in Dayton!!!!

Indoor Percussion Tips: Getting On and Off the Floor

Now that most of you are getting into the contest portion of your indoor season, you find yourselves rehearsing your group on the basics of getting on and off the competition floor in a swift and stress-free manner. Some groups struggle with this aspect of the show day, and that can have a negative impact on the most important part of the day – your performance.  I have a unique perspective on this topic.  Being a Timing & Penalties judge for the Indiana Percussion Association (IPA), I get to see many groups enter and exit.  Here are a few tips that you can use to make sure you’re ready for a quick and efficient entrance and exit: