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May 2019 News at Chops

SABIAN Cymbals used by Veritas Indoor Percussion for Sale!

If you have been looking for great deals on used cymbals, this list is for you! Veritas Indoor Percussion used the Sabian products on this list for the last few weeks of the 2019 season. At these prices, we will not have them for very long, so don’t wait to get yours!

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Get Your Percussion Equipment Evaluations and On-Site Repairs done this summer

Summer break is right around the corner and there’s no better time to get your instruments evaluated than now! Chops Percussion and Paige’s Music’s repair department are willing to send a trained specialist to your school to assess your percussion inventory.

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Is Your Percussion Section #BuiltToCompete?

As hard as it is to believe, marching band season is now upon us. Before long, you will be making orders for drum heads, sticks, and mallets. Chops will have everything you need to get you ready for the upcoming season and beyond.

For those of you that are fans of Evans and Promark products, please read on to learn more about the Built To Compete Buyer’s Guide!

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Sabian is Striving to Make Cymbal Selection A Better Experience for Music Educators

Have you ever ordered a cymbal for your drum set or your concert band and been disappointed by the sound of the instrument when it finally arrives? Don’t worry – you’re not the only one! Sabian has come up with a couple of unique ways to make sure you’re satisfied with your purchase from minute one, and if you’re not, they will make it right!

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2018 Indiana Percussion Association Clinic Day and I&E Competition

WHAT: 2018 Indiana Percussion Association Clinic Day and I&E Competition

WHEN: Saturday, December 8th, 9am-5pm (on-site registration begins at 8am)

WHERE: Plainfield High School

HOW: On-line registration is NOW OPEN!  On-site registration the day of the clinic will begin at 8am. Cost will be $15/person pre-registration or $20 at the door. Lunch is not included but the Plainfield Band Boosters will have lunch concessions available.

Clinic Day Group Registration:

IPA will be going with a more “hands on” approach that will allow the students to participate in a total of six, 50 minute hands-on master classes throughout the day! The goal of each clinician is to give your students 2-3 things that they can apply instantlyto their current playing situations.

It’s Back To School Time and We’re Ready!

It’s back to school time here in Indiana and that means everyone is out shopping for supplies.  Here at Chops we’re ready and waiting to help you find exactly what you need for your school percussion program.  We’re in regular contact with band directors and percussion instructors to make sure we have everything in stock that they are requiring for class.

Here are our promises to you:

  • You get to talk to a human being that knows exactly what your percussionist needsfor school.We’re current and former percussion educators, so we speak the language.
  • We offer FREE SHIPPING to your child’s school! We have dedicated road reps at your school once a week (Paige’s Music account schools only). You can check which day Paige’s Music visits your school on the Paige’s website. As long as you order it the day before our visit, and we have the product in stock, your child will have what they need on our next scheduled delivery day. Sometimes as soon as the next day.
  • Easy returns and exchanges.This process is exponentially easier at Chops than with an online retailer. No need to box it back up and visit a UPS store. Just send it back through your director at school and we’ll take care of you.  We work tirelessly to make sure you are satisfied with your products and have exactly what you need. If neither of those apply to your experience, then we will work hard to make it right.

Our hours are:

Monday – Friday: 10-6
Saturday: 10-4
Sunday: Closed

You can reach us by phone at 1.877.900.3786 or via email at

Best of luck to everyone this school year.

The End Of An Era at Chops Percussion

On May 30, 2006, Jeff Huffman and I began our journey here at Chops Percussion. We had taught together before that and we had been roommates a couple of different times, so the two of us teaming up together to start Chops made perfect sense. For 12+ years now, the team known simply as “Jeff and Derek” have held down the fort here at Chops, which is what makes this blog so difficult to write.

Made official as of this past Tuesday, Jeff will no longer be with Chops Percussion. He is moving on to a job with Hoshino USA, to help grow the Tama Marching Percussion line of instruments. Jeff is perfect for this position when you consider not only his dealer experience, but also his 6+ years of experience with the Tama product while leading Avon HS to multiple IPA State Championships and WGI PSW Finals appearances. Hoshino is very lucky to have him, and we are very sad to see him go. I can assure you of this: no one is sadder about this than I am, but I know Jeff will be great at his new gig and Tama will be a stronger brand because of him. His last day at Chops Percussion is this Friday, July 6.

Our customers can rest assured that Chops will continue to offer the same great products, high-level service, and product knowledge you have come to expect these last 12 years. I know many of you reading have worked closely with Jeff over this time, so please join me in congratulating him on a job well done here and wishing him well in his new endeavor. If you wish to say something to him on our Facebook page or your personal Facebook page, please use the hashtag “ThanksJeff”. Feel free to use that hashtag on other social media sites as well.

Chops will not be the same without you, my friend. I wish you the very best in this new job and look forward to your visits as our new Tama Marching Percussion rep!