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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.

Director and Instructor Job Opportunities

 

It’s that time of year, when director and instructor positions begin to open up around the state.  If you’re looking for a certified teaching position, a percussion director position, or part-time tech work, make sure to check the Paige’s Music  job openings page.

If you’re a director looking for extra help, please make sure to post the opening here so we can help send candidates your way!  It’s easy to do.  Head over to the Paige’s Music home page.  Hover over “JOB LIST” in the top menu and click on “Job Post Request”.  Fill in the form and click submit.  We typically have your opening posted no later than the next business day.

You can also access that form directly by clicking here.

Please let us know if you have any questions about the job list.

Level Up This Summer With A Rental From Chops Percussion

Level-up this summer with a rental from Chops Percussion!

Chops has several drum sets and keyboards available for rental that are perfect for home practice.

Pearl Export EXX725S Drum Set

Pearl Export Drum Set

This Pearl Drumset package includes absolutely everything you will need to get started on your path to drumming satisfaction, including a set of high-quality cymbals and a sturdy drum throne.
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Adams MSPV43 Soloist Series Marimba

Adams MSPV43 Marimba

Adams Soloist Series Marimbas offer the precision construction methods and many of the great features found on the Artist and Concert series instruments, and combine them with a number of keyboards and size options ideal for beginners and schools looking for a high quality, wood bar instrument, at an extremely affordable price.
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Adams AMPD33R Academy Marimba

Adams AMPD33R Marimba

The AMPD33R 3.3 octave Academy Marimba with Resonators is designed to be an affordable option that allows the intermediate student to work on many of the pieces written for a low A marimba, all while still having the full tone and projection of a full size marimba.
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Adams AMPD30 Academy Marimba

Adams AMPD30 Academy Marimba

The AMPD30 marimba features the same Padouk bars as used on the best-selling Soloist Series instruments, giving the player a true graduated bar instrument to learn and grow with.
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Adams AXLD35 Academy Xylophone

Adams AXL35 Academy Xylophone

The AXLD35 xylophone features Light Rosewood bars for a fantastic bright tone, and a durable lifetime of use. With the AXLD35, player’s have a true full-sized bar instrument that sounds in the correct octave to learn and grow with.
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Yamaha DTX522K Electronic Drum Set

Yamaha DTX522K Drum Set

The DTX522K features the DTX-PAD snare with newly developed tom pads, exclusive 3-zone hi-hat and cymbal pads, plus the incredible sounds and features of the DTX502 module in an affordable kit configuration.
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Yamaha DTX532K Electronic Drum Set

Yamaha DTX532K Drum Set

The DTX532K features the DTX-PAD snare, plus real hi-hat trigger and 3-zone cymbals that allows true drum playing techniques to be developed. The DTX-PAD provides snare head, open rimshot, and closed rimshot voices for authentic snare expression, and the real hi-hat trigger and stand lets you match your ideal setup.
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Rentals are only available for residents of Indiana. Please contact us for more information on our rental program.

Email: chops@chopspercussion.com
Phone: 317.813.2070 or 1.877.900.DRUM (3786)

Product Feature: The RecPlate from Black Swamp Percussion

Today we have another awesome guest post from Tim Church at Black Swamp Percussion! We think it’s a very unique and versatile product that educators and performers should know about!

The BSP RecPlate may look dangerous, but don’t let it scare you away!  The unique shape was developed by extensive real-world use and consultation with performing percussionists.  The RecPlate attaches to an existing cymbal stand and includes the following accessories to help organize all your percussive fun stuff!

WGI Percussion World Championships 2017 – 5 Reasons You Should Go

Below is a post we shared back in April of 2015.  It’s still valid today, so we updated it and posted it here again.  TLDR?  Go to WGI this weekend!

The WGI Percussion World Championships are this weekend and we have our top 5 reasons why you should go. But before we get to that, maybe you’ve never heard of WGI and are wondering what this is all about?

From their website: “WGI Sport of the Arts is the world’s premier organization producing indoor color guard, percussion, and wind ensemble competitions. As a non-profit youth organization, WGI serves as the leading governing body of the winter guard and indoor percussion activities. It is called the Sport of the Arts because it brings music to life through performance in a competitive format. Now entering its 40th year in 2017, the sport continues to evolve and grow.”

If you would attend this weekend, you would see the percussion section or “drumlines” of a marching band performing indoors. These show aren’t just thrown together. Hundreds, if not thousands of hours are spent designing, building, rehearsing and competing over several months.

Indiana is one of the premier states when it comes to competitive percussion ensembles. The Indiana Percussion Association just recently held their State Prelims and State Finals competitions where over 100 groups competed in both the concert and movement categories! You can view those results on the IPA website.

As you might have guessed, Indiana will be well represented this weekend in Dayton, Ohio at the WGI Percussion World Championships with several groups competing in various classes.

With that said, here are our top 5 reasons on why you should attend.