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August 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 August edition of the transmission.  If you don’t receive our emails, you can sign up here!

DCI Wrap-Up

Blue Devils - DCI

We had a great time at DCI Championships last week! Thanks to everyone who came by the Vic Firth booth. We had a great time catching up with many of you and hope you had a great time watching the incredible performances throughout the weekend.

Congratulations to all performers, staff members and volunteers on a great drum corps season!
Here are the official scores from the DCI website.

Back-To-School Supply Lists

School Supply Lists

Attention Educators!

We’re gathering school supply lists to make it easier for your students and parents to get what they need for school! Send us your required supply lists for your various classes and ensembles and we’ll post them on our website as a quick reference for your students to find what they need!

Demo Gear/Clearance Items – August Updates

Demo Gear at Chops Percusssion

We have accumulated some more items recenty that fall into the Demo category. There are some fantastic deals on this list. Make sure you check it out ASAP. First-come, first-served!

View the entire list on our website.

Drum Set and Marimba Rentals

Keyboard rentals at Chops Percussion

Don’t forget that we have a great line-up of percussion instrument rentals to help take your students to the next level. We have drum sets, marimbas, and xylophones available.

Check out the full lineup on our website.

Planet Waves Cables In Stock!

Planet Waves cables always in stock at Chops Percussion

Now’s a good time to take stock of the cables you use and make sure they’re all in good working order. If you need new cables or would just like to have extra cables for backup, let us know. We always have a good variety of Planet Waves cables in stock. Give us a call to see what’s currently here and we’ll get them out to you ASAP!

View all the cables we have in stock.

2015 DCI World Championships


Welcome back to the Chops blog.  We’re busy gearing up for the Drum Corps International (DCI) World Championships this week, held right here in Indianapolis!  It takes place all this week, at Lucas Oil Stadium and surrounding areas.  The competition inside Lucas Oil isn’t the only thing to see.  There are many events throughout the week, most of which are free and open to the public!

Here’s our basic guide to help you take in some of the action.

Drum Corps Competitions

Monday, August 3:    Open Class Prelims – Ames Field (Michigan City, IN)
Tuesday, August 4:   Open Class Finals – Ames Field (Michigan City, IN)
Thursday, August 6:             World Class Prelims – Lucas Oil Stadium
Friday, August 7:       World Class Semi-finals – Lucas Oil Stadium
Saturday, August 8: World Class Finals – Lucas Oil Stadium

Ticket prices vary by event.  See DCI Tickets for details.

See the DCI day-by-day guide for more information.

Individual & Small Ensemble Competition
Wednesday, August 5, 10am-5pm
Georgia Street

DrumLine Battle
Saturday, August 8, 11am-3pm
Georgia Street & Pan Am Plaza

Corps Warm-Up Zone
The show before the show!  Get up close to your favorite drumline or front ensemble as they warm-up and prepare for their performance.
Daily, Thursday-Saturday, depending on the contest schedule
-Military Park (Drumline warm-ups)
-Parking lots around Lucas Oil (Front Ensemble warm-ups)

Corps Rehearsal Sites
Watch your favorite corps rehearse before they head to Lucas Oil Stadium.
Various schools and other locations around Central Indiana

We have a list of rehearsal sites for the week, but they are not official.  Please visit the DCI website and consult the individual corps sites for more information and detailed schedules.

Unofficial Rehearsal List (pdf)

DCI Website Rehearsal/HousingList

Come visit us at the Vic Firth booth!

We’ll be running the Vic Firth booth, so if you’re attending any of the events inside the stadium, make sure to stop by and say hi!  We’ll also have special show pricing on Vic Firth sticks, practice pads, stick bags, t-shirts, and many other items.  It would be a great time to try some out all the Vic sticks and pads and take something home!


For more information on events, schedules, venues, ticket sales and more, visit the DCI Website.

If you go, let us know what you think on our Facebook page! If you wear a Chops Percussion shirt, post a pic with one of the drumlines in the background to our Facebook or Twitter page!

Vic Firth – Musician, Businessman, Legend

The music world lost a legend this week with the passing of Vic Firth.  If you don’t know a lot about him, an interview that he did with CBS Sunday Morning in 2010 does a great job of telling how he got started and why he’s been so successful.

“The key word for me is persistence. Whatever you set out to do…you have to have a magnum passion to do it…and you’ve got to work beyond what you ever dreamed you’re going to work…to succeed at the level that you want to succeed at. Persistence…persistence…persistence.” – Vic Firth


Can I Payoff My Instrument Rental? – FAQs

pearl-export-2013Did 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.

June 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 June edition of the transmission.  If you don’t receive our emails, you can sign up here!

New Marching Sticks from IP and ProMark in stock

New sticks from ProMark and IP

The latest sticks from Innovative Percussion and ProMark are in stock at Chops. Check them out at the links below:

ProMark TXDC17IW System Blue – Scott Johnson Light Marching Drumstick

ProMark TXDC27W “Scooter” System Blue – Scott Johnson Marching Drumstick

IP TS-MM Michael McIntosh Model "Mizzle" Tenor Stick

DCI Season Is Underway. Get Out To A Drum Corps Show

DCI season is under way. Go see a show!

There are many opportunities to see drum and bugle corps in competition in Indiana and surrounding states. Visit our news site to see a partial list of events. Be sure to check out the event information at

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Summer Practice Tools

Summer Practice Gear

Looking to build your chops over the summer? We have a full supply of practice pads in stock ready to ship.

Would you rather play on the real thing? Then check out our lineup of rental instruments on our website. Give us a call if you have any questions about these!

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June Drummer Birthdays

Ray Luzier

If you were born in June, then you share a birthday month with these famous drummers. Check them out here.