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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.

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.


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.

Product Spotlight: Fun And Creative Products from Meinl


Summer is almost here, and that means there will be plenty of opportunities for music making. Whether you’re a gigging musician playing those outdoor acoustic patio gigs or just a hobbyist who enjoys playing around the campfire at the backyard cookout, the summer is a great time to make music with friends. Here’s a list of some great Meinl instruments guaranteed to make this a great summer of making music. We currently have these in stock, so stop by and try them out!


Cajons, Djembes, Bongos

Traditional String Cajon –

Snare Cajon –

Turbo Slap-Tom Cajon (pictured) –

Bongo Cajon –

Djembe –

Bongos –


Other Creative Sounds

Bassbox –

Mini Doumbek –

Heel Tambourine –

Heel Shaker –

Various Shakers –

Cajon Add-ons –

WGI Percussion Championship Wrap-Up

Victor J Andrew

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 it to the Finals round in their respective classes:

Scholastic A (PSA) Finals
Victor J Andrew HS – 1st Place, Gold Medalist
Zionsville HS – 5th Place
Greenfield-Central HS – 6th Place
Minooka HS – 9th Place
Milford HS – 12th Place

Scholastic Concert World (PSCW) Finals
Goshen HS – 3rd Place, Bronze Medalist

Scholastic Open (PSO) Finals
Lawrence Township HS – 13th Place

Scholastic World (PSW) Finals
Avon HS – 4th Place
Center Grove HS – 6th Place
Franklin Central HS – 8th Place
Ben Davis HS – 13th Place

Congratulations also to the following groups for their participation at the WGI World Championships:
PSA: Carroll HS, Norwell HS, Plainfield HS
PSO: Decatur Central HS, Clinton HS, Cypress Bay HS
PSW: Goshen HS, Lambert HS, Forsyth Central HS, Fishers HS
PIW: Legacy Independent

We’ll see you next year in Dayton!!!!

2016 Indiana Percussion Association State Finals

Chops Percussion was proud to once again be the presenting sponsor of the Indiana Percussion Association. It was an exciting day of performances, and the move to the Hulman Center at ISU gave the experience a whole new championship feeling. The weather created some issues, but the IPA board and ISU volunteers did a great job of making the experience great for everyone. We would like to congratulate the students, staff and parents of all the participating schools on another exciting year of great performances. It’s amazing what these young musicians are able to achieve, and the talent level seems to increase every year. Congratulations to everyone involved with performing and constructing these shows, along with all the support staff who made it possible for the students and staff to do what they do!

State Championship Medalist Results

Concert Classes

Scholastic Concert A (PSCA) – Basic Level

  • Lafayette Jefferson
  • Brownsburg
  • Twin Lakes

Scholastic Concert Open (PSCO) – Intermediate Level

  • New Castle
  • Castle
  • Munster

Scholastic Concert World (PSCW) – Advanced Level

  • Goshen
  • Fishers
  • Lake Central


Marching Classes

Independent A (PIA) – Basic Level

  • Cloverdale-Monrovia Independent

Independent World (PIW) – Advanced Level

  • Legacy

Scholastic A (PSA) – Basic Level

  • Zionsville
  • Greenfield-Central
  • Carroll

Scholastic Open (PSO) – Intermediate Level

  • Lawrence Township
  • Carmel
  • Decatur Central

Scholastic World (PSW) – Advanced Level

  • Avon “World”
  • Center Grove
  • Franklin Central

For a complete list of results and recaps, please visit

If you’d like to see some of the shows for the ensembles attending the WGI World Championships, there is a “Preview to Dayton” this Saturday at Center Grove High School, beginning at 5:30pm. You can find details on the IPA website.

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Quick Tips for Indoor Drumline – Warming Up Outside

This weekend is the first contest in the history of the IPA (Indiana Percussion Association) that requires an outside warm-up. Those groups who have performed in Dayton for WGI Championships or participate in circuits in warmer regions of the country know this is a normal process. The outside extended warm-up can be very beneficial to preparing for the large arena environment. But for those who have not gone through that process before, here are some tips to make sure the experience is smooth and beneficial for everyone.


  • KEEP A VERY CLOSE EYE ON THE WEATHER. Be prepared for cold, rain, wind and heat.
  • Take jackets and coats to warm-up. Have a parent push around a large plastic trash can for the kids to ditch their jackets as they enter the arena. They might not need them, but it’s better to be prepared. Standing in a parking lot freezing before your final performance isn’t going to help you have a relaxed, confident performance.
  • Be prepared to change on the bus. If you aren’t showing up in uniform, don’t plan to go inside to change. This may be a possibility, but it is usually much easier and quicker to take turns changing on the bus.
  • Have plenty of plastic tarps. We all hope for perfect weather conditions on contest days, especially when the warm-up is outside, but that isn’t always the case and its best to prepare for inclement weather. Don’t just bring a couple huge tarps to park the equipment under. Bring smaller tarps that can stay over the electronics carts while rolling from warm-up to the arena.
  • Have plenty of bungee cords. You’ll need those tarps strapped down if it’s windy!
  • If it’ll be sunny and warm, make sure to bring water. An hour in the sun, on asphalt, can wear the students down quickly.
  • If having your electronics on during warm-up is important to you, TAKE A GENERATOR. There might be power available in the warm-up lot, but don’t plan for it.
  • Keep electronics dry at all costs!
  • Be aware of the Inclement Weather/Tent Schedule and use your time in the tent if you have any concerns about the weather. This includes very cold and/or windy conditions.
  • Finally, directors and staff – Since this is the first time for everyone at this venue, get there early and take the time to walk the flow in and out of the arena so you’re familiar with it. Also, allow enough time for your student performers to go in and watch a couple groups so they can get the feel for the arena, along with the on and off the floor flow.


Good luck to everyone performing in the IPA State Championships this weekend!