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Paige’s Music Repair Shop Now Offering On-Site Percussion Repairs

Our repair department is excited to announce a new service being introduced this school year. On-site percussion repairs at your school! Now offered by appointment only for large percussion instruments such as timpani, mallet instruments, concert bass drums, etc . This service is intended to alleviate the need to send in large instruments with your District Manager and be without them for several weeks.

Dustin Smith, our percussion repair specialist, will get some pertinent information from you about what you are needing repaired. He will then determine parts that may be needed and set up an appointment for visiting your school to complete the repairs. Hopefully all in one visit.

Again, no more waiting for your large instruments or going without because the instrument is waiting in the shop! Small percussion instruments can be paired with a large percussion instrument request for added value. If interested, please email Dustin at for more information.

2018 Indiana All-State Percussion Ensemble Auditions

Audition Materials Submission Deadline: November 1, 2017

Directors and Students – We want to make you aware of this great opportunity for outstanding young percussionists, and let you know the deadline to submit applications is coming up.  Please share this with any outstanding high school percussionist that may be interested in this fantastic opportunity!  Below is the information from the IMEA website:

2018 Indiana All-State Percussion Ensemble

Performance Information
Grand Wayne Convention Center, Fort Wayne
January 11-13, 2018
Featured Guest Clinician: Ivan Trevino

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 Ivan Trevino.

Activities will begin on Thursday, January 11 at 1:00 PM and conclude on Saturday, January 13 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

Audition Requirements:

Applicants will submit audio or video recordings of 1-2 minute excerpts from at least 2 of the following categories:

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


  1. Students in Grades 9-12 residing in Indiana or neighboring states are eligible to apply.
  2. Submit recordings that showcase your strengths in the given category.
  3. Use excerpts of pieces on the ISSMA Group I Solo list (or similar works) if possible.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Applicants are encouraged to have their instructors and/or directors review their recordings before submission.

Questions should be directed to Dr. Marc Wooldridge / Indiana All-State Percussion Ensemble Chair / / (765) 677-2038 

 For more information, please visit

For more information on Ivan Trevino, please visit

Remembering John Henry Bonham

Welcome back to the Chops blog. Today we’re remembering the untimely passing of one of the most influential drummers of all time, John Henry Bonham. We’d like to celebrate his life and influence by sharing some of our favorite Bonham-related links we’ve found on the web. They include an article from Drum! Magazine on 10 ways to sound like Bonham, a video from his drum tech Jeff Ocheltree on how to tune and mic like Bonham, and some isolated drums tracks of him in the studio. Give the article a read, check out the Jeff Ocheltree video, then sit back and listen to the bombastic sounds and heavy grooves of John Bonham.

2018 WGI Independent Percussion Auditions

Welcome back to the Chops blog. Audition season for indoor percussion is upon us and many of you may be considering marching in an Independent percussion ensemble this winter. Indoor percussion, although a relatively young activity, has become very popular, both locally and nationally, over the past 10-15 years. Over this time, many “Independent” ensembles have been started to give percussionists the opportunity to continue performing after they graduate from high school. It also gives those whose high schools do not have a performing ensemble, an opportunity to join and experience the thrill of performing in an indoor percussion ensemble. For those of you not familiar with this, there are “Scholastic” and “Independent” classifications in indoor percussion. Here is the class description from the WGI website:

Stick and Mallet Packs for the Beginning Percussionist and Beyond

Welcome back to the Chops blog. Today we’re going to cover the different options available for stick and mallet packs.  There are great options for starting a young percussionist, as well as expanded packs for the intermediate student.  These sticks and mallets should last for many years and can be used at every level (beginner, intermediate, high school, college and beyond).  Our most popular packs requested by schools are from Vic Firth and Innovative Percussion.  Both make great quality products you can trust.  A young percussionist should start with one of these packs, then add to it as they progress through their percussion education.

I’ve broken the packs down into four categories: Basic packs, Core packs, Intermediate packs, and Expanded Core packs.  The quality is the same with each pack.  The difference is what is included in the different levels of packs.  The more you get now, the less you’ll need to add on later.