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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.

September 2017 News at Chops

Demo Gear/Clearance Items

Demo Gear at Chops Percusssion

Several changes have been made to the list since August. Follow the link below to view what’s still available!

View the list on our website.

New IN Bands Website

IN Bands Website

Marching season is here!  There’s a new resource for Indiana marching contest information where you can find contest lineups and results, so share this if you know somebody looking for contest information for upcoming shows!  They’re still in need of information for many contests, so if you’re a contest host, please submit your info so they can be as up to date as possible.

Visit the new IN Bands website now!

2017 College Marching Band Preview

Chops Indiana college marching band preview.

If you are a fan of the marching arts, it’s hard to beat Indiana. Between drum corps during the summer, marching band in the fall, and winter guard and percussion during the winter and spring, there’s rarely a break between marching seasons. However, it’s easy to forget that there are many great college marching bands in the state.

Check out our college marching band preview on our blog.

August 2017 News At Chops

DCI 2017 Activities Guide

DCI 2017 Activities Guide

We’re busy gearing up for the Drum Corps International (DCI) World Championships, held right here this week in Indianapolis!  It takes place at Lucas Oil Stadium and surrounding areas.  The competition inside Lucas Oil stadium 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.

July 2017 News at Chops

Student Equipment Lists

School Supply Lists

We sent this request out last 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 2017.

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 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!

Demo Gear/Clearance Items

Demo Gear at Chops Percusssion

Our demo list has been refreshed for July. Follow the link below to view what’s been added and sold!

View the list on our website.

Product Spotlight – Pearl Reference Pure shell pack – Black Cherry

Pearl Reference shell pack in black cherry

Todd Sucherman was in the store last year for a clinic and it was incredible. And, so was the gear that he played. All that’s left is a Pearl Reference series shell pack in Black Cherry. We have it priced below school bid. It’s a 4 piece shell pack (10-12-16-22)

Click on over to see pictures from the clinic to see the price and how he had it integreated within his setup.

View the kit on our website.

June 2017 News at Chops

Demo Gear/Clearance Items

Demo Gear at Chops Percusssion

Our demo list has been updated. Follow the link below to view what’s changed since last month!

View the list on our website.

Drum Corps 2017 Season Preview

Drum Corps 2017 Preview

As the school year comes to an end the drum corps season is just beginning. Drum corps (or 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, click HERE to find out more.

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

View the list on our website.

Director and Instructor Job Opportunities

Director and instructor job openings.

It’s that time of year, when director and instructor positions begin to open up around the state.  If you’re looking for a certified teaching position, a percussion director position, or part-time tech work, make sure to check the Paige’s Music  job openings page.

You can also post an opening for a postition you need to fill. Learn how over on the blog!

Product Spotlight: Vic Firth Roger Carter Signature Stick and Ralph Hardimon Tenor Stick with Nylon Tip

New products from Vic Firth

We’re excited about a couple of new products released at WGI this year by our friends at Vic Firth. Both the Roger Carter Signature Stick and the Ralph Hardimon Tenor Stick with Nylon Tip are great additions to their catalog.

Head over to the blog to learn all of the details.