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July 2018 News at Chops

Demo Gear Updates

The demo list has some fresh updates for the month of July. Follow the link below to see what’s been added and removed since June.

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Student Equipment Lists

We send this request out each year and heard back from many of you. We’re asking again this year just in case you’ve made changes to your list of required items for 2018.

For parents with kids in band for the first time, back to school can be quite confusing (especially with a young percussionist at home). Do you, the teacher, have a required list of sticks and mallets for your percussionists to get? We would love to have an updated copy of that here at Chops. A list of all of your required implements would be a huge help to us and would ensure that your student gets exactly what they need before their first day of band class.

This also helps us with keeping your required implements in stock, so that no child is waiting on sticks or mallets when school starts. I know it’s hard to believe, but the first day of school isn’t that far away. Let’s work together and make sure your student is 100% prepared before they walk into your band room.

Please e-mail your list to chops@chopspercussion.com and we’ll do our very best to make sure we have what your student needs in stock. Thanks for the help and enjoy the rest of your summer!


Product Spotlight: Yamaha YVRD2700GC

Are you in the market for a new vibraphone? Would you like it for marching band season? Would you like it ASAP? If the answer is “yes” to those questions, we’ve got you covered with a great deal on a Yamaha YVRD2700GC that was used at the MFA Concert Band Festival. You can learn more about the instrument on the product page. The price is over on the demo list.

June 2018 News at Chops

Percussion Equipment Evaluations and On-Site Repairs

Summer break is here and there’s no better time to get your instruments evaluated than now! Chops Percussion and Paige’s Music’s repair department are willing to send a trained specialist to your school to assess your percussion inventory.

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Marching arts and electronics. Chops can help!

Sounds systems can be intimidating and can leave directors wondering where to begin. Chops is here to help though! As the activity has evolved, so has our product offerings. More than just a drum shop, Chops is able to find the sound system and electronics that best fulfill your program’s needs.

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Improve This Summer With A Rental From Chops Percussion

Chops has several drum sets and keyboards available for rental that are perfect for home practice.

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Demo Gear Updates

The demo list has some fresh updates for the month of June. Follow the link below to see what’s been added and removed since May.

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March 2018 News at Chops

Demo Gear Updates

Demo List Updates - March 2018

The demo list has some fresh updates for the month of March. Follow the link below to see what’s been added since February.

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2018 Music For All National Festival

2018 Music For All National Festival

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.

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Indoor Percussion Tips: Getting On and Off the Floor

Indoor Percussion Tips: Getting On and Off the Floor

Now that most of you are getting into the contest portion of your indoor season, you find yourselves rehearsing your group on the basics of getting on and off the competition floor in a swift and stress-free manner. Some groups struggle with this aspect of the show day, and that can have a negative impact on the most important part of the day – your performance. I have a unique perspective on this topic. Being a Timing & Penalties judge for the Indiana Percussion Association (IPA), I get to see many groups enter and exit. Here are a few tips that you can use to make sure you’re ready for a quick and efficient entrance and exit.

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February 2018 News at Chops

Demo Gear Updates

Demo List Updates - February 2018

The demo list has some fresh updates for the month of February. Follow the link below to see what’s been added since last month.

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Advice For New IPA Directors Regarding Schedules

IPA Advice for New Directors

Here is some great advice that came from an Indiana Percussion Association email last week that we thought was worth passing along to everyone. If you’re taking a group to an IPA event this season, this is a must read.

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Remembering Ndugu

Remembering Ndugu Chancler

In light of Ndugu Chancler’s passing last week, we offer you this great interview with him by Dom Famularo for The Sessions. It’s a great history lesson. Thank goodness he didn’t play the trombone.

Watch now on YouTube!


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.

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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.

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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.

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