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Drum and Bugle Corps 2015 Season

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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 15th, Indianapolis – DCI Dress Rehearsal

Madison Scouts

Troopers

 

June 17th – Indianapolis – DCI Premiere

Bluecoats

The Cadets

The Cavaliers

Carolina Crown

Blue Stars

Madison Scouts

 

June 19th – Louisville, KY – DCI Louisville presented by DeMoulin Bros.

The Cadets

The Cavaliers

Blue Stars

Madison Scouts

Crossmen

Troopers

Spirit of Atlanta

Cincinnati Tradition

 

June 22nd – Hamilton, OH – Summer Music Games in Cincinnati

Bluecoats

Carolina Crown

Blue Stars

Boston Crusaders

Madison Scouts

Troopers

Spirit of Atlanta

Cincinnati Tradition

 

June 24th – Evansville – Drums on the Ohio

The Cadets

The Cavaliers

Crossmen

Colts

Spirit of Atlanta

Pioneer

Racine Scouts

 

June 26th – Muncie – DCI Central Indiana

The Cadets

Bluecoats

Carolina Crown

The Cavaliers

Blue Stars

Madison Scouts

Boston Crusaders

Crossmen

 

June 27th – Michigan City – Pageant of Drums

The Cavaliers

The Cadets

Boston Crusaders

Crossmen

Spirit of Atlanta

Genesis

Legends

 

July 8th – Fort Wayne – DCI Ft. Wayne

Blue Devils

Carolina Crown

Crossmen

Jersey Surf

Genesis

 

July 12th – DeKalb, IL – Tour of Champions, Northern Illinois

Phantom Regiment

Carolina Crown

The Cadets

The Cavaliers

Santa Clara Vanguard

Boston Crusaders

Blue Devils

 

July 25th – Hamilton, OH – Hamilton Drum Corps Classic

Blue Devils B

Spartans

7th Regiment

Legends

Raiders

Coastal Surge

Les Stentors

Cincinnati Tradition

 

The season will conclude in Indiana during the week of August 3rd. Open Class corps will compete in Michigan City on August 3rd and 4th. Look for us at the World Class champsionships at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on August 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th.

 

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




May News at Chops

If you aren’t signed up for our Chop Transmission emails, you may be missing out on the most update happenings around the store.  Below is the May edition of the transmission.  If you don’t receive our emails, you can sign up here!

Fresh Update to our Demo Gear List

 

Demo Gear at Chops Percusssion

Several items have been added to our demo list and a lot has been removed. Head on over to our Demo Page to check out the latest listings.

View the entire list on our website.


Drum Set and Marimba Rentals

 

Pearl Export drum set rental at Chops Percussion

Don’t forget that we have a great line-up of percussion instrument rentals to help take your students to the next level. We have drum sets, marimbas, and xylophones available. Use the summer time to increase your skills!

Check out the full lineup on our website.


Drum Tuning Aids

 

Drum Tuning Aids

Recently, Glen Allman followed up on his series on snare drum care and maintenance with an introduction to drum tuning aides.

Just like playing drums, it takes practice and experience to learn to tune them well. Fortunately, there are several products that can simplify and remove the guesswork from the process.

Head over to our news page to read more about the products we recommend.


B.B. King – Facts About The Blues Legend

 

B.B. King Facts

We lost a legend in the music world this past week. Click here to learn some facts about B.B. King that you may not have known.

RIP B.B. King.


Store Closed Monday, May 25, 2015

 

Chops closed on Monday, May 25, 2015 in observance of Memorial Day.

Chops Percussion will be closed on Monday, May 25, 2015 in observance of Memorial Day. We will resume normal hours on Tuesday the 26th. Have a great weekend!




Snare Drum Maintenance Part 4 – Installing New Heads

Welcome back to our series on snare drum maintenance. In the last post we discussed how to properly remove worn drum heads. Today we’ll address how to replace them with new heads.

After you’ve removed worn heads and cleaned your drum, it’s time to install new heads. Begin by placing the new head on the shell, and the rim on the head. For aesthetics, most drummers align the logo on the head with the badge on the drum.

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Before putting tension on the head you should consider lubricating the tension rods. Many products are available, but I recommend lithium grease. It’s inexpensive, effective, durable, and can be found at any auto parts store. To lubricate the tension rods, simply dip the threaded end into your lubricant.

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With the tension rods lubricated, insert them into the lugs. Following the same cross pattern we used to remove the heads in our previous lesson, use your fingers to draw the tension rods tight to the rim. Done correctly, this will apply a consistent level of tension across the head and prepare you to tune the drum with a key.

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With the top head installed, use the same technique on the new bottom head. Be sure to align the openings in the rim to the snare strainer and butt plate.

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At this point I recommend using a permanent marker to write the date on the new heads. This will prevent you from having to remember how long the head has been on the drum. Remember, drum heads wear out.

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With the new drum heads installed you’re ready to tune the drum and reapply the snare wires. Stay tuned, we’ll cover those steps in our next lessons!

Need new heads or a drum key? Stop by or give us a call!

Snare Drum Maintenance Part 3 – Removing Heads

Welcome back to our series on snare drum maintenance. In the previous posts we discussed how to identify and replace worn snare wires. Today we’ll address the first step in replacing drum heads: how to remove worn heads.

Believe it or not, all drum heads will eventually wear out. Fortunately, it’s fairly easy to remove and replace them. Follow this procedure to replace the heads on your drums.

Before we begin you’ll need to know the name of your drum’s parts. Your drum heads are held in place by the rims, the circular metal or wood pieces. Tension is applied to the rim and heads by the tension rods, the bolts with a specialized square end. The tension rods are screwed into lugs, the metal pieces attached to the drum shell.

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You will need a drum key to remove the heads. Keys are inexpensive, and readily available, but I recommend the larger keys designed for marching drums. They are more expensive, but the extra leverage makes changing heads much easier.

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Begin by gradually releasing the tension from the rim. Using the pattern illustrated below, loosen all the tension rods a quarter or half turn.

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Repeat this pattern several times until there is no tension left on the head. By removing tension gradually you prevent damage to the rim, which can be warped by uneven pressure.

 

At this point you can use your fingers to remove the tension rods from the lugs. There’s no need to remove the tension rods from the rim. Simply let gravity hold the tension rod in the rim.

 

To remove the bottom head, remove the snare wires and repeat this process. We’ll discuss setting and adjusting the snare wires in an upcoming lesson.

 

Once you’ve removed both heads consider taking the opportunity to clean your drum. Take a paper towel and remove any dust and pieces of drum sticks that might have collected between the head and bearing edges.

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With the old heads removed, and the drum cleaned, you are now ready to put on the new heads. Stay tuned, we’ll cover that in our next lesson!

 

Need new heads or a drum key? Stop by or give us a call!

WGI Wrap-Up 2015

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Chops Percussion made the trip to Dayton, OH this past weekend for the WGI World Championships. We’re very lucky to have the support of many schools and independent groups that made the trip as well. Without these groups, our success would not be possible. Congratulations to the following groups for making WGI Finals in their respective classes:

 

Scholastic A
Decatur Central HS (7th Place)
Zionsville Community HS (10th Place)
Greenfield-Central HS (15th Place)

 

Independent A
Ferndale Independent Percussion (Silver Medalist)

 

Scholastic Open
Victor J Andrew HS (7th Place)
Franklin Central HS (10th Place)

 

Scholastic World
Avon HS (4th Place)
Center Grove HS (6th Place)
Goshen HS (8th Place)
Clinton HS (10th Place)
Forsyth Central HS (13th Place)

 

Scholastic Concert World
Goshen HS (Silver Medalist)

Congratulations to the following groups for their participation at the WGI World Championships:

Norwell HS (PSA); Minooka Community HS (PSA); Carroll HS (PSA); Tri-West HS (PSA); Pike HS (PSO); Plainfield HS (PSO); Lambert HS (PSW); Ben Davis HS (PSW); Legacy Indoor Percussion (PIW).

We’ll see you next year in Dayton!!!!