Tim Gee Posts

2017 Indoor Percussion Season

Welcome back to the Chops blog.  Indoor Percussion season is right around the corner, and we’re proud to once again be the presenting sponsor for the Indiana Percussion Association!  Indoor Percussion continues to grow in popularity within the state and across the country.  We’re lucky to have one of the best and largest indoor percussion circuits in the country, and we’re proud to support the efforts of IPA and all of the participating groups.

IPA has recently launched a brand new website and it looks fantastic. Head on over there to view scores, schedules, scholarship info and all of the latest news.

Here’s a current schedule of contests to help you find a show near you!

February 11 IPA Invitational at New Palestine HS
February 11 IPA Invitational at Owen Valley HS
February 18 IPA Invitational at Pendleton Heights HS
February 18 IPA Invitational at Franklin Central HS
February 25 IPA Invitational at Plainfield HS
February 25 IPA Invitational at Knox HS
March 4 IPA Invitational at Greenfield-Central HS
March 4 IPA Invitational at Zionsville HS
March 11 IPA Invitational at Ben Davis HS
March 11 IPA Invitational at Warsaw HS
March 11/12 WGI Indianapolis Regional at Franklin Central HS
March 18 IPA State Prelims/Divisional Finals at Avon HS and Decatur Central HS
April 1 IPA State Finals at Hulman Center, Indiana State University
April 15 WGI Preview Show at Center Grove HS (for groups going to WGI World Championships)

August 2016 News at Chops

Demo Gear/Clearance Items


Demo Gear at Chops Percusssion

Our demo list has been refreshed for August. Everything has been combined back to one list for your convenience. Plus, we added a few demo items that we’ll be getting from the Yamaha DCI Booth.

View the updated list on our website.


DCI Championships


2016 DCI Championships

It’s been an exciting drum corps season and the end is almost here. Make sure you make plans to see some of the action next week as all the corps converge on Indianapolis for the DCI World Championships, where Lucas Oil Stadium will be the center of it all. Plus, Indiana residents can enjoy DCI Finals for only $19, and bring two children under 12 for free!

You can find more info on the DCI website. www.dci.org


Come visit us in the Vic Firth booth at DCI


Visit Chops at the Vic FIrth DCI Booth

We’ll be running the Vic Firth booth at DCI, 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 out all the Vic sticks and pads and take something home! www.vicfirth.com

 


Audio Cables and Mics available at Chops Percussion


Microphones and cables available at Chops Percussion

It’s marching season. Now’s a good time to take stock of the audio gear you use for your pit and wind soloists, and make sure they’re all in good working order. If you need new cables or microphones, or just need some extra cables for backup, give us a call and we’ll get them out to you ASAP!




Drum and Bugle Corps 2016 Season

As the school year comes to an end the drum and bugle corps season is just beginning. Drum and bugle corps are marching ensembles (brass, percussion, and color guard) that travel throughout the country each summer rehearsing and performing in competitions. If you’re unfamiliar with the activity, watch this brief introduction.

There are many opportunities to see drum and bugle corps in competition in Indiana and surrounding states. Here is a partial list of events. Be sure to check out the event information at www.dci.org

June 23rd – Indianapolis, IN – DCI Premiere
Boston Crusaders
The Cavaliers
Phantom Regiment
The Cadets
Bluecoats
Carolina Crown

June 26th – Michigan City, IN
Pioneer
Colts
Troopers
The Cadets
The Cavaliers

June 27th – Hamilton, OH
Cincinnati Tradition
Colts
Boston Crusaders
Crossmen
Blue Stars
Carolina Crown
Bluecoats

June 29th – Evansville, IN
Music City
Legends
Genesis
Pioneer
Troopers
Colts
Blue Stars
The Cavaliers

July 1st – Muncie, IN
Genesis
Legends
Pioneer
Colts
Troopers
Blue Stars
The Cavaliers
Carolina Crown

July 9th – Rockford, IL
Kilties
Racine Scouts
Colt Cadets
Pioneer
Pacific Crest
Colts
The Academy
Blue Stars
Carolina Crown
Phantom Regiment

July 13th – Metamora, IL
Shadow
Racine Scouts
Genesis
Pacific Crest
Mandarins
Madison Scouts
Phantom Regiment

July 16th – Alexandria, KY
Cincinnati Tradition
Jersey Surf
Spirit of Atlanta
Crossmen
Boston Crusaders
The Cadets
Bluecoats
Carolina Crown

July 17th – Dekalb, IL
Blue Devils
Blue Knights
Santa Clara Vanguard
Carolina Crown
Bluecoats
The Cadets
The Cavaliers
Phantom Regiment

August 2nd – Fort Wayne, IN
Les Stentors
Raiders
Music City
Legends
7th Regiment
Blue Devils B
Spartans

The season will conclude in Indiana during the week of August 8th. Open Class corps will compete in Michigan City on August 8 and 9. Look for us at the World Class champsionships at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis August 11-13.

The drum corps season is a great chance to see the most exciting and innovative performances in the marching arts. With plenty of shows in and around Indiana, there’s no reason to miss the action!

www.dci.org

Todd Sucherman Drum Set Clinic – May 26th at Chops

We’re really excited to have Todd Sucherman back to do a clinic at Chops Percussion on Thursday, May 26th at 6:30pm. The last time he was here was December of 2011. If you were’t here then, be sure not to miss him this time around. Todd’s clinic was one of my favorite clinics that we’ve hosted here at Chops. Not only is he a master of technique with monster chops, but he’s extremely musical in his approach to the drums. The feel that he had on every thing I heard him play that night was spot on and I can’t wait to hear him again!

The picture below shows the kit that he used in 2011 in the store. Be sure to ask Jeff Huffman about the snare drum in this picture.

sucherman-kit-2011

Contrast that with the video below of the kit he’s currently using on the Styx tour.  Todd personally gives you a tour in the video below.

This is another thing that I appreciated about Todd. He’s a huge (and I mean this in the most honorable sense of the term) drum nerd when it comes to gear. His kit has a lot going on, but because of his musical approach, none of it is wasted or for show. There’s intentionality with everything that he’s selected to make up his “instrument.”

Check out his YouTube channel or his Facebook page and watch the most recent videos he’s made of some recording that he’s been doing.  This is just a taste of what you’ll see live.

Do yourself a favor and show up to the clinic on May 26th.  It’s free and you’ll learn a ton from this incredible musician.

Remo Belli

remo-belli

By now you have probably heard of the passing of a true innovator in the music world, Remo Belli. There have been a flood of great tributes to him and his career coming across social media. Below are a few that we thought did a good job in telling the story of Remo and everything that he has meant to the world of percussion and beyond.

Remo Website

This is a nicely written tribute from the Remo Company Family as well as a very informative obituary.

http://remo.com/remobelli/


NAMM Oral History Project

The National Association of Music Merchants does a great job of tracking the history of the music products industry. The have a great interview with Remo Belli in their archives.

“We have interviewed Remo several times for the NAMM Oral History program, the first being on July 18, 2001.

https://www.namm.org/library/oral-history/remo-belli

 


Inc. Magazine – How I Did It: Remo Belli

This is an article that Jeff Huffman shared in the Chops Transmission back in April. It’s a quick read that covers quite a bit of information on Mr. Belli.


Modern Drummer Spotlight: Remo Belli

Modern Drummer put up a great video interview with Remo that’s also worth watching. You can find this on their Facebook page.