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The Music For All National Festival Is This Week In Indianapolis

Music For All National Festival
March 10-12, 2016
Indianapolis, IN

There’s a fantastic opportunity to hear some great concert bands and percussion ensembles from all over the country this week, but we find many people don’t even know its happening right here in our backyard!  It’s the Music For All National Festival, featuring high school percussion ensembles, concert bands and orchestras from across the US.  The festival also includes a middle school concert band festival, along with Honor Ensembles for concert band, jazz band, and orchestra.  This is a non-competitive festival, meaning its all about just creating and listening to great music, created by some of the best high school and middle school music programs in the nation.

Here’s a general schedule for the event:

Thursday, March 10
National Concert Band Festival 5:00pm-9:00pm
Friday, March 11
National Concert Band Festival 8:00am-6:00pm
National Percussion Festival 9:00am-5:30pm
Chamber Music National Festival 9:00am-3:30pm
Honor Orchestra with the ISO 7:00pm (Hilbert Circle Theatre)
Honor Jazz Band of America 8:30pm (Clowes Hall)
Saturday, March 12
National Concert Band Festival 8:00am-2:00pm
National Percussion Festival 8:30am-12:30pm
Middle School Concert Band Festival 8:30am-12:30pm
Honor Orchestra of America 8:00pm (Hilbert Circle Theatre)
Honor Band of America 8:00pm (Clowes Hall)

If you’re taking in some of the festival, be sure to support our Indiana ensembles performing at the times and locations below:

Carmel High School Wind Symphony – Michael Pote, Director
Friday, March 11
Clowes Memorial Hall, Butler University

Franklin Central High School Wind Ensemble – Audrey Torres, Director
Friday, March 11
Schrott Center for the Performing Arts, Butler University

For full details and ticket info, visit the Music for All National Festival website.

February News at Chops

If you aren’t signed up for our Chops Transmission emails, you may be missing out on the most update happenings around the store. Below is the February edition of the transmission. If you don’t receive our emails, you can sign up here!

Futureman & Jeff Coffin Clinic at Fishers High School

Futureman (Roy Wooten) and Jeff Coffin Clinic at Fishers High School on February 23, 2016 at 4:30pm.

The 5x Grammy Award Winning Drummer of Bela Fleck & the Flecktones and The Black Mozart Ensemble, Futureman (Roy Wooten), will be giving an instructional clinic with Jeff Coffin. Jeff Coffin also plays with Bela Fleck as well as the Dave Matthews Band!

The clinic is taking place at Fishers High School on Tuesday, February 23rd at 4:30pm. Don’t miss this opportunity to check out two great musicians!

View the flyer here.

Demo Gear/Clearance Items

Demo Gear at Chops Percusssion

Our demo list has been updated. follow the link below to view what’s been added!

View the list on our website.

Zildjian Demo Cymbals from Midwest Clinic

Zildjian demo cymbals from Midwest

We’ve partnered with Zildjian at this year’s Midwest Clinic to bring you some great prices on the cymbals that were on display in Chicago in December. Visit the link below to view the list of cymbals that are still available.

Visit the list on our website.

Protect Your Ears This Indoor Season

Note: We posted this about this time last year, but thought it was important enough to bring up again.  Make sure you’re protecting your ears whenever you play music live, and that goes double for indoor season.

Have you ever gone to bed at night after your indoor percussion rehearsal and had an incessant ringing in your ears? If you have, that is your body telling you that you’ve done some damage to your hearing. Please know that hearing loss is irreversible, so you need to start protecting your ears NOW! How, you ask? There are a couple of great ways to do so.

  • Earplugs – These should be essential to your playing and performing. Many of the percussion instruments used in an indoor show are played at a high volume for long periods of time, so you need to be protecting your ears. Do yourself a favor and start using earplugs now. Tell yourself that ear protection is just as essential as the sticks and mallets you use to play. If you’re a cymbal player and execute many loud crashes at ear level, this advice applies to you as well.
  • Headphones – Not so great if you’re trying to make a fashion statement while playing, but hearing is way more important than looking cool! These are great if you have hypersensitive ears and they allow you to hear the music you’re playing while cutting out all of the dangerous frequencies. A great option if earplugs are uncomfortable for you to wear.


A gym is a very tough listening environment for percussionists, so hearing protection not only safeguards your hearing, but it may allow you to hear more of what you need (the music that you and your group perform) and less of what you don’t (the unwanted high frequencies associated with loud music).

You can buy your earplugs here:
Feel free to e-mail us at or call 877-900-DRUM if you have more specific questions regarding hearing protection.

You only get one good set of ears in your life, so take care of them!!!

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January News at Chops

If you aren’t signed up for our Chops Transmission emails, you may be missing out on the most update happenings around the store. Below is the January edition of the transmission. If you don’t receive our emails, you can sign up here!

Demo Gear/Clearance Items

Demo Gear at Chops Percusssion

It’s a new year and there’s new gear on the demo list. Head on over to the website to view the latest additions.

View the entire list on our website.

Prepare for Solo & Ensemble With an Adams Practice Marimba

Rental instruments at Chops Percussion

The AMPD33R 3.3 octave Academy Marimba with Resonators (above) is designed to be an affordable option for home practice. We have this and other instruments available on our rental program.

View the entire list of instruments on our website.

Five Ways To Play Like Dave Grohl

Five Ways To Play Like Dave Grohl

Here at Chops Percussion we’re big fans of Dave Grohl. Ever since emerging as the hard-hitting drummer of Nirvana, Grohl has been at the forefront of music. In honor of Dave’s birthday last week we put together a quick lesson on five ways to emulate his playing.

Visit our blog to check out the lesson.

Just got your first drumset? Time for some lessons!

Did you just get your first drumset this holiday season? What next? If not already taking them, private lessons are the next step in getting a good start. This will help ensure a return on your investment with a lifetime of music making enjoyment. We don’t currently offer lessons here at Chops, but here’s our list of suggestions in finding a lesson instructor that’s right for you or your child.

– Ask your band director and/or school percussion instructor. Most will have a list of instructors in the area that they know will get you started on the right path to success.

– Ask other students in your school. Sometimes great private lesson instructors fly under the radar and might not yet be well known to your band director.

Call us! We’d be happy to refer you to qualified private instructors we know and trust! These would be on the northeast side, so if that works for you, just give us a call and we’ll refer you to some of the best in the area.

– Online lessons. There are new online lesson opportunities popping up all the time. If you choose this route, be sure to do some background and read all the reviews you can find.

Even if you didn’t get that drum set you wanted yet, get into lessons now so you can be prepared to groove when you finally get the set of your dreams!