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ChopsStick Challenge!

Hey Everyone. Welcome back to the Chops Blog. We’ve got something brand new for you this week to help build some hype for the upcoming IPA State Finals competition on April 1st at Hulman Center.

We’re calling it the ChopsStick Challenge! The rules are simple.

Rules

1. Perform a trick “shot” like the one below and capture it on video.
2. Make it as fun/hard/complex as you see fit. (Please be safe!)
3. Post that video to our Facebook page with the hashtag #ChopsStickChallenge, and we’ll pick our favorite as the winner. Enter as many times as you’d like. Bonus points for wearing a Chops t-shirt!
4. Post your video by Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 11:59pm. We’ll pick a winner on Friday, Aptil 7, 2017.

Check out Jeff trying a couple of quick shots here in the store:

 

Prizes

The winning shot will receive a prize to be announced later. Don’t worry, it’ll be worth it.

Questions? Email us at chops@chopspercussion.com

Have fun!

Jeff, Derek, and Dustin

Happy Holidays from Chops Percussion

Just a couple of notes on our holiday hours.  We’ll be open Christmas Eve from 10am – 2pm.  We normally close at 4, so this is different from our normal hours.  We’ll be closed on Sunday, December 25th for Christmas.

We’ll be open on New Year’s Eve our normal hours from 10am – 4pm.  We’ll be closed Sunday, January 1, 2017 for New Year’s Day.

We’ll be back to normal hours on Monday, January 2, 2017.

Here’s a run-down:

Saturday, December 24th: Open 10am-2pm
Sunday, December 25th: CLOSED
Saturday, December 31st: Open 10am-4pm
Sunday, January 1: CLOSED

Happy Holidays from all of us at Chops Percussion!  Bring on 2017!

 

Audition Alert! – Indiana All-State Percussion Ensemble

Deadline: October 15, 2016

Directors – We want to make sure you’re aware of this great opportunity for your most outstanding young percussionists. The experience of being involved in the All-State Percussion Ensemble is very rewarding in itself, but also comes with the added bonus of working with world-class performer, educator and featured guest, Casey Cangelosi.  Here are details for the audition process and performance at IMEA, along with information on Casey Cangelosi.  Please share this with any outstanding high school percussionist that may be interested in this fantastic opportunity.

 

2017 Indiana All-State Percussion Ensemble

Performance Information
Grand Wayne Convention Center, Fort Wayne
January 12-14, 2017
Featured Clinician: Casey Cangelosi
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 Casey Cangelosi.
Activities will begin on Thursday, January 12 at 1:00 PM and conclude on Saturday, January 14 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 make use of the online interface to submit audio or video recordings of 1-2 minute excepts from at least 2 of the following categories:

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

Guidelines:
1. Submit recordings that showcase your strengths in the given category.
2. Use excerpts of pieces on the ISSMA Group I Solo list (or similar works) if possible.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Applicants are encourage to have their instructors and/or directors review their recordings before submission.
Additional information:
1.  Acceptd LLC will be administering the online application. The final step of the application includes a $20 application fee, paid by credit or debit card. IMEA will not receive this money.
2.  Once your application has been submitted, you will receive a confirmation e-mail and receipt.
3.  Evaluation proceedings are confidential and final.
4.  Alternates will be selected and used to fill positions as needed.
5.  Application Period: June 21, 2016 – October 15, 2016.
Questions should be directed to Dr. Marc Wooldridge / Indiana All-State Percussion Ensemble Chair / marc.wooldridge@indwes.edu / (765) 677-2038

 

More information on Casey Cangelosi:

casey cangelosiPercussionist and Composer, Casey Cangelosi is the Director of Percussion Studies at James Madison University. He is  commonly hosted world-wide by educational institutions, music festivals, and educational seminars.  Casey has been a visiting guest artist in Italy, Germany, Costa Rica, Mexico, Argentina, Croatia, Sweden, Taiwan,  and widely across the U.S. at events including the The Midwest Clinic and PASIC Showcase Concerts. Casey is a regularly commissioned composer and from the percussion community called the  “Paganini of Percussion”  and  “The voice of a new generation”.

Casey is sponsored by Majestic, Mapex, Innovative Percussion, Zildjian, Grover Pro Percussion, Remo, and Beiner Bags.

http://www.caseycangelosi.com/

2016 College Marching Band Preview

Welcome back to the Chops blog! Today we’d like to take the chance to preview the new college football season and several of our local collegiate marching bands.

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.

Butler, Purdue, Indiana, Indiana State, and Marian University are all located in, or within a short drive from Indianapolis, and have excellent marching bands. These bands will perform before, during, and after their school’s home football games throughout the fall and winter. For the relatively inexpensive price of a ticket you can see an exciting college football game and performances from the band.  Be sure to get there early for some tailgating, as most of the bands will perform outside the stadium before everyone heads inside!

The Butler University Marching Band will perform seven times this fall at upcoming games.
9/10 – vs. Franklin
10/1 – vs. San Diego
10/8 – vs. Marist (Homecoming)
10/15 – vs. Davidson
10/22 – vs. Dayton
10/29 – vs. Valparaiso
11/5 – vs. Morehead State (Family Weekend/Senior Day)
More information can be found at www.butler.edu/bands

The Indiana State University Marching Sycamores will perform five times this fall at upcoming games.
9/3 – vs. Butler
9/24 – vs. Illinois State
10/1 – vs. Missouri State (Homecoming)
10/15 – vs. South Dakota
11/5 – vs. Northern Iowa
More information can be found at isumarchingsycamores.weebly.com/

IU Marching 100

The Indiana University Marching Hundred will perform seven times at IU games this fall.
9/10 – vs. Ball State University
9/24 – vs. Wake Forest
10/1 – vs. Michigan
10/15 – vs. Nebraska (Homecoming
10/29 – at Maryland
11/12 – vs. Penn State
11/26 – vs Purdue (Old Oaken Bucket)
More information can be found at www.marchinghundred.org

The Marian University Marching Band will perform five times this fall at upcoming games, along with many exhibition performances at local marching band shows.
8/27 – vs. Saint Xavier University, Illinois
9/17 – vs. Robert Morris University
10/8 – vs. Taylor University (Homecoming)
10/15 – vs. Lindenwood University-Belleville
11/14 – vs. Concordia University
More information can be found at
www.marian.edu/academics/school-of-liberal-arts/programs/marian-university-marching-band

Purdue

The famous Purdue “All-American” Marching Band will perform at eight upcoming games this fall.
9/3 – vs. Eastern Kentucky (Youth Day)
9/10 – vs. Cincinnati
9/24 – vs. Nevada (Band Day)
10/15 – vs. Iowa (Homecoming)
10/29 – vs. Penn State
11/12 – vs. Northwestern
11/19 – at Wisconsin
11/26 – vs. Indiana (Old Oaken Bucket)
More information can be found at www.purdue.edu/bands/ensembles/aamb/

Not sure which game to attend? We’d recommend the classic Indiana-Purdue rivalry game, the Old Oaken Bucket. Both school’s bands will be in attendance, and the in-state rivalry is an atmosphere you have to experience.

Don’t miss the opportunity to see an exciting football game and marching band performance this fall!

Student Equipment Lists: Help Us Get Your Students What They Need For Class

Now that school has started, we’re getting visits from many parents that need equipment for the percussionist(s) in their home. Do you, the teacher, have a required list of sticks and mallets for your percussionists to get? If so, please don’t assume that we know what your student needs. A list of all of your required implements would be a huge help to us at Chops and would ensure that your students get exactly what they need when they need it. This also helps us with keeping your required implements in stock, so that no child is waiting on sticks or mallets weeks into the school year. Let’s work together and make sure your student is 100% prepared when 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. If you’re unsure what equipment would be good for your students to use, please contact us. We’re always here to help!