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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:

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.

July is a Great Month to Have a Birthday if You’re a Drummer

We had no idea, but July is apparently a good month to be born if you’re a drummer. Check out the partial list of legendary timekeepers below!

 

July 1 – Ndugu Chancler (Drummer on Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean”)

July 4 – Butch Miles (Mel Tormé, Count Basie Orchestra)

July 6 – Louie Bellson (Jazz Legend)

July 7 – Ringo Starr (The Beatles)

July 8 – Jaimoe Johanson (The Allman Brothers Band)

July 9 – Stanton Moore (Galactic) & Mitch Mitchell (Jimi Hendrix)

July 15 – Philly Joe Jones (Miles Davis)

July 16 – Stewart Copeland (The Police)

July 17 – Joe Morello (Dave Brubeck)

July 22 – Don Henley (Eagles)

July 23 – Jim Chapin (Woody Herman, Tommy Dorsey)

July 26 – Roger Taylor (Queen)

July 31 – Bill Berry  (R.E.M.)

 

If you’re a drummer and celebrate a birthday in July, you’re obviously in great company! Happy Birthday from all of us at Chops Percussion.

WGI 2017 Percussion Championship 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: