Jeff Huffman Posts

2017 PASIC Meinl Gear Sale

Chops has teamed up with Meinl Percussion and Cymbals this year for our 2017 PASIC display.  Because of that, we’ve scored some great deals that we can pass on to you on Meinl Percusion, Viva Rhythm and Meinl Cymbals!. Check out this list and let us know if there’s anything you’d like to grab before the booth opens on Thursday!

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

Our repair department is excited to announce a new service being introduced 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.

Dustin Smith, our percussion repair specialist, will get some pertinent information from you about what you are needing repaired. He will then determine parts that may be needed and set up an appointment for visiting your school to complete the repairs. Hopefully all in one visit.

Again, no more waiting for your large instruments or going without because the instrument is waiting in the shop! Small percussion instruments can be paired with a large percussion instrument request for added value. If interested, please email Dustin at dsmith@chopspercussion.com for more information.

The Percussion Exchange – Presented By Zildjian and Vic Firth

The Percussion Exchange - Presented by Zildjian and Vic Firth

The Percussion Exchange is a TED Talk style presentation that will feature lectures from four of today’s top artists and educators. Join us at this special event right here in Indy and hear how creativity, technology, innovation, and artistry impacts drumming and percussion education today.

THE PRESENTERS:
Steve Smith – Journey, Vital Information
Steve Houghton – Indiana University
Russ Miller – Studio, American Idol, Andrea Bocelli
So Percussion – Groundbreaking, Award-winning, Percussion Ensemble

WHEN:
Sunday November 12, 2017 (The morning after PASIC)
9:30AM-11:30AM: Artist Presentations
11:30AM-12:30PM: Meet the Artists and Discuss their Presentations

WHERE:
JW Marriott
10 S. West St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204

This event is free and open to the public. Spread the word! We look forward to seeing you there.

October 2017 News at Chops

Demo Gear/Clearance Items

Demo Gear at Chops Percusssion

The demo list has been updated for the month of October. Follow the link below to view what’s still available and what has been added!

View the list on our website.


Paige’s Music Staff Spotlight with Derek Felix

Paige's Music Staff Spotlight with Derek Felix

Paige’s Music has an interview series on their blog they call the Staff Spotlight. The latest episode featured our very own Derek Felix, or “Dog” as some of you may know him. He talks about how he made his way to Chops, his trombone playing days, and where he’s headed on tour with his band, Void King. Check it out!


2018 All-State Percussion Ensemble Auditions

2018 All-State Percussion Ensemble Auditions

Directors and Students – We want to make you aware of this great opportunity for outstanding young percussionists, and let you know the deadline to submit applications is coming up.  Please share this with any outstanding high school percussionist that may be interested in this fantastic opportunity!

Audition Materials Submission Deadline: November 1, 2017

Read more details on our blog.


2018 Indiana All-State Percussion Ensemble Auditions

Audition Materials Submission Deadline: November 1, 2017

Directors and Students – We want to make you aware of this great opportunity for outstanding young percussionists, and let you know the deadline to submit applications is coming up.  Please share this with any outstanding high school percussionist that may be interested in this fantastic opportunity!  Below is the information from the IMEA website:

2018 Indiana All-State Percussion Ensemble

Performance Information
Grand Wayne Convention Center, Fort Wayne
January 11-13, 2018
Featured Guest Clinician: Ivan Trevino

IMEA, in partnership with the Percussive Arts Society and Indiana Percussion Association is pleased to present this fantastic opportunity for your percussion students! Participating students will have the opportunity to explore different genres of percussion ensemble music led by regional clinicians and featured guest Ivan Trevino.

Activities will begin on Thursday, January 11 at 1:00 PM and conclude on Saturday, January 13 by 5:00 PM. 

Audition Information

Eligibility: Students in Grades 9-12 residing in Indiana or neighboring states are eligible to apply.

Application materials: Available at the following website

http://imeamusic.org/programs-events/all-state-honor-ensembles/all-state-percussion-ensemble/

Audition Requirements:

Applicants will submit audio or video recordings of 1-2 minute excerpts from at least 2 of the following categories:

  • Snare
  • Four mallet keyboard percussion
  • Two-mallet keyboard percussion
  • Drum Set / Multiple Percussion
  • Timpani

Guidelines:

  1. Students in Grades 9-12 residing in Indiana or neighboring states are eligible to apply.
  2. Submit recordings that showcase your strengths in the given category.
  3. Use excerpts of pieces on the ISSMA Group I Solo list (or similar works) if possible.
  4. Individual selections should not be edited or spliced, but rather performed continuously. Adjudicators are more interested in hearing an honest performance than a flawless one.
  5. Attention should be given to the quality of the recording. Soloists should be more prominent than the accompaniment (if used), and the site of the recording should be as soundproof as possible.
  6. Applicants are encouraged to have their instructors and/or directors review their recordings before submission.

Questions should be directed to Dr. Marc Wooldridge / Indiana All-State Percussion Ensemble Chair / marc.wooldridge@indwes.edu / (765) 677-2038 

 For more information, please visit imeamusic.org.

For more information on Ivan Trevino, please visit Ivandrums.com.