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Just got your first drumset? Time for some private 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!

January 2018 News at Chops

Sabian/GonBops Specials from Midwest B&O Clinic

Sabian/GonBops Specials from Midwest B&O Clinic

We partnered with Sabian at the 2017 Midwest Clinic to bring you some great prices on demo gear. These cymbals and instruments were used in performances at the Midwest B&O Clinic.

Visit this page to view the list!


Paige’s Music Repair Shop Now Offering On-Site Percussion Repairs

On-site Percussion Repairs

The Paige’s Music repair department announced a new service that was introduced earlier this school year. On-site percussion repairs at your school! Now offered by appointment only for large percussion instruments such as timpani, mallet instruments, concert bass drums, etc . This service is intended to alleviate the need to send in large instruments with your District Manager and be without them for several weeks.

Read more on their blog!


My First Drum Set – A Great Resource For First Time Drummers and Parents

My First Drum Set

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.

Read more on the Chops blog!


2018 IMEA Professional Development Conference

If you’re attending the IMEA conference this week, here’s a list of performances and clinics with percussion interest you should check out!  Make sure to stop by the Chops Percussion and Paige’s Music display booth and say hello!

Performing Groups

Goshen Jazz Ensembl Friday 1/12, 11:00am
IU Jazz Ensemble Friday 1/12, 2:30pm
Creekside Middle School Friday 1/12, 2:30pm
Carmel High School Friday 1/12, 3:30pm
Day of Percussion: Brazilian Batucada Saturday 1/13, 9:00am
Concord HS Percussion Saturday 1/13, 10:00am
Decatur Central HS Percussion Saturday 1/13, 1:00pm
ISU Wind Ensemble Saturday 1/13, 3:30pm

All State Honor Ensembles

All State Jazz Band Friday 1/12, 12:00pm
Junior All State Band Saturday 1/13, 9:00am
All State Honor Band Saturday 1/13, 11:00am
All State Percussion Ensemble Saturday 1/13, 12:00pm

Clinic Sessions with Percussion Interest

Friday 1/12:
11:00am How Loud is too Loud?  A Guide to Protecting Hearing (Katrin Meidell)
12:00pm What’s in YOUR Percussion Toolbox? (Chris Crockarell, Chris Brooks)
1:00pm Musicians that happen to play Percussion (Chad Kohler)
3:30pm Put Your Marching Show on the Field in Record Time (Brad Wadkins)
Saturday 1/13:
8:00am Beginning Percussion 101 (Clayton Henady)
8:00am Common Matched Grip Problems for Beginning Percussionists (Kyle Lutes)
9:00am Get a Better Snare Drum Sound in 50 Minutes or Less (Bill Shaltis)
11:00am Using the Kinesthetic Sense to Improve Accuracy of Marimba Performance
1:00pm Engaging Students in Creating Music through Drum Circle Facilitation (K. Michelle Lewis)
1:00pm Finale 101
2:30pm Simplicity in Percussion Composition

Full details and registration can be found at imeamusic.org.

 

My First Drum Set

my-first-drumset

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!

Happy Holidays from Chops Percussion!

Just a couple of notes on our holiday hours.  We’ll be open Saturday, December 23rd from 10am – 4pm.  These are our normal Saturday hours.  We’ll be closed on Sunday, December 24th.  We are also normally closed on Sundays.  We will be closed on Monday, December 25th for Christmas.

We will also be closed Monday, January 1, 2018 for New Year’s Day.

We’ll be back to normal hours on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

Here’s a run-down:

Saturday, December 23rd: Open 10am-4pm
Sunday, December 24th: CLOSED
Monday, December 25th: CLOSED
Saturday, December 3oth: Open 10am-4pm
Sunday, December 31st: CLOSED
Monday, January 1: CLOSED

Happy Holidays from all of us at Chops Percussion!  Here’s to a great 2018!