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Todd Sucherman Drum Set Clinic – May 26th at Chops

We’re really excited to have Todd Sucherman back to do a clinic at Chops Percussion on Thursday, May 26th at 6:30pm. The last time he was here was December of 2011. If you were’t here then, be sure not to miss him this time around. Todd’s clinic was one of my favorite clinics that we’ve hosted here at Chops. Not only is he a master of technique with monster chops, but he’s extremely musical in his approach to the drums. The feel that he had on every thing I heard him play that night was spot on and I can’t wait to hear him again!

The picture below shows the kit that he used in 2011 in the store. Be sure to ask Jeff Huffman about the snare drum in this picture.


Contrast that with the video below of the kit he’s currently using on the Styx tour.  Todd personally gives you a tour in the video below.

This is another thing that I appreciated about Todd. He’s a huge (and I mean this in the most honorable sense of the term) drum nerd when it comes to gear. His kit has a lot going on, but because of his musical approach, none of it is wasted or for show. There’s intentionality with everything that he’s selected to make up his “instrument.”

Check out his YouTube channel or his Facebook page and watch the most recent videos he’s made of some recording that he’s been doing.  This is just a taste of what you’ll see live.

Do yourself a favor and show up to the clinic on May 26th.  It’s free and you’ll learn a ton from this incredible musician.

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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