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2017 WGI Independent Percussion Auditions

Legacy Indoor - 2015

Legacy Indoor – 2015

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:

Scholastic – units whose membership comes from the SAME High School or a school that feeds to that particular High School.
Independent – units whose members are not necessarily associated with a particular school.

Scholastic and Independent units are then further divided into classes:

  • A Class – Beginning programs and performers.
  • Open Class – The intermediate developmental level of performers.
  • World Class – The most advanced programs and performers.

Here also is a link to the WGI 2016 Eligibility Rules (as of this writing, WGI has not updated to 2017 rules): https://www.wgi.org/files/2016PercRules.pdf

A New Tool for Every Marching Band Percussion Instructor!

Marching band season is here and that means marching equipment and concert instruments in the pit are being put through their paces.  The constant wear and tear on instruments requires us to keep a toolbox close, either in an electronics cart or carried around in a backpack.  You never know when something will happen and it usually happens at a contest.  Pearl has introduced the new Techtool, originally designed with the drumset player in mind, but we feel it’s also a great tool for percussion instructors!  MUCH lighter than carrying around a heavy pack of tools in your backpack at a contest, the compact Techtool fits right in your pocket and has many common tools needed for percussion repair.

5 Screwdrivers: 1.5mm, 5mm, and Phillips #00, #1 and #2

6 Hex Keys: 2mm, 2.5mm, 3mm, 4mm, 5mm and 6mm

Drum Key and Bottle Opener

PTT13 Pearl TechTool-closed


PTT13 Pearl TechTool

Call, email, or order from our website HERE  so you have the tools when you need them!

2016 DCI World Championships

DCI World Championships 2016

Welcome back to the Chops blog.  We’re busy gearing up for the Drum Corps International (DCI) World Championships this week, held right here in Indianapolis!  It takes place all this week, at Lucas Oil Stadium and surrounding areas.  The competition inside Lucas Oil isn’t the only thing to see.  There are many events throughout the week, most of which are free and open to the public!

Here’s our basic guide to help you take in some of the action.

Drum Corps Competitions

Monday, August 8:  Open Class Prelims – Ames Field (Michigan City, IN)

Tuesday, August 9:  Open Class Finals – Ames Field (Michigan City, IN)

Thursday, August 11:  World Class Prelims – Lucas Oil Stadium

Friday, August 12:  World Class Semi-finals – Lucas Oil Stadium

Saturday, August 13:  World Class Finals – Lucas Oil Stadium

Ticket prices vary by event.  See DCI Tickets for details.

See the DCI day-by-day guide for more information.

 

Individual & Small Ensemble Competition (Performers Showcase)
Wednesday, August 10, 10am-4pm
Georgia Street
Free!

 

SoundSport International Music & Food Festival (Food Trucks!)
Saturday, August 13, 11am-3pm
The Pavilion at Pan Am Plaza
Free!

DrumLine Battle
Saturday, August 10, 11am-3pm
Georgia Street & Pan Am Plaza
Free!

 

Corps Warm-Up Zone
The show before the show!  Get up close to your favorite drumline or front ensemble as they warm-up and prepare for their performance.
Daily, Thursday-Saturday, depending on the contest schedule
-Military Park (Drumline warm-ups). Shuttle bus will run between Lucas Oil and Military Park.
-Parking lots around Lucas Oil (Front Ensemble warm-ups)
Free!

Come visit us at the Vic Firth booth!

We’ll be running the Vic Firth booth, so if you’re attending any of the events inside the stadium, make sure to stop by and say hi!  We’ll also have special show pricing on Vic Firth sticks, practice pads, stick bags, t-shirts, and many other items.  It would be a great time to try out the Vic sticks and pads and take something home!

For more information on events, schedules, venues, ticket sales and more, visit the DCI Website.

If you go, let us know what you think on our Facebook page! If you wear a Chops Percussion shirt, post a pic with one of the drumlines in the background to our Facebook or Twitter page and drop by our booth for a free pair of sticks!

Proper Nutrition and Hydration a Must for Marching Band

nutirtionWhen it comes to marching band, we tend to spend a lot of time thinking only about the notes being played or the steps being taken. There isn’t always enough thought placed on how to keep performers well-nourished and hydrated for maximum performance. Marching band, like any other sport, counts on members to be healthy in order to be successful. Make sure you (the director, parent, and student) are doing your part to keep yourself and everyone else on the field!

Here is an article from July 11, 2014 that was found at halftimemag.com. You’ll find that many of today’s top drum corps and marching bands put a lot of emphasis on proper nutrition and hydration. If you’re in marching band, you are an athlete; it’s time to treat your body as such! http://www.halftimemag.com/features/fueling-your-body.html

Accessory Mounting Options for Marching Drums

As the level of creativity in the marching activity continues to rise, we also find ourselves looking for ways to be more creative with the orchestration of marching drumline parts.  One way to do this is to incorporate auxiliary percussion sounds into the musical score by attaching accessories to marching snares, tenors and bass drums.  This makes it possible to add cowbells, jamblocks, tambourines, ribbon crashers, crash cymbals and hi-hats to your drums.  With a little work and possibly some drilling, you can even add bongos, doumbeks and other drums.
Here’s a list of the accessory mounts we’ve found are the most popular and most dependable for mounting other instruments to the drums to help you achieve that next level of creativity in your marching percussion section.

 

Pearl MUH-20 Accessory Mount for Snare Drums

http://www.chopspercussion.com/product?item=7024112

Snare attachment for Cowbells, Jam Blocks, Ribbon Crashers, etc.

  • Designed to attach to the tube lugs of a high-tension marching snare drum.
  • Features a 3/8″ rod to which you can mount any percussion accessory that has a matching 3/8″ receiver.
  • Also good for mounting the Lalo Davila Rehearsal Pad, and much more.

Pearl PCS-11 Accessory Mount for Bass Drums

http://www.chopspercussion.com/product?item=7022377

Bass Drum attachment for Cowbells, Jam Blocks, Ribbon Crashers, etc.

  • Designed to attach to the hoops of your marching bass drums.
  • Features a 3/8″ rod to which you can mount any percussion accessory that has a matching 3/8″ receiver.
  • Also good for mounting the Lalo Davila Rehearsal Pad, and much more.

Pearl MUH-10T Accessory Mount for Tenor Drums

http://www.chopspercussion.com/product?item=7026328

Tenor Drum attachment for Cowbells, Jam Blocks, Ribbon Crashers, etc.

  • Designed to attach to the rims of your marching tenors (triple-flanged hoop).
  • Features a 3/8″ rod to which you can mount any percussion accessory that has a matching 3/8″ receiver.
  • Also good for mounting the Lalo Davila Rehearsal Pad, and much more.

XL Specialty XLA-MAA Accessory Mount for Snare Drums

http://www.chopspercussion.com/product?item=7024127

Snare Attachment for Cowbells, Jam Blocks, Ribbon Crashers, etc

  • Securely mounts to the rim of any free floating drum
  • The universal F-clamp design provides multiple rod applications for cowbells, jam blocks, and ribbon crashers
  • Each rod comes with appropriate mounts, felts, and a memory lock to make set-ups quick, easy and consistent with maximum stability

Pearl MUH-10 Cymbal Mount for Snare Drums

http://www.chopspercussion.com/product?item=7020346

Snare attachment for Crash and Splash Cymbals

  • Designed to attach to the rim of a Pearl FFX marching snare drum.
  • Features a 3/8″ Z-rod to which you can mount crash and splash cymbals.

XL Specialty XLA-MCA Cymbal Mount for Snare Drums

http://www.chopspercussion.com/product?item=7024128

Snare Attachment for Cymbals and Splashes

  • Securely mounts to the rim of any free floating drum
  • Each rod comes with appropriate mounts, felts, and a memory lock to make set-ups quick, easy and consistent with maximum stability

XL Specialty XLA-MHH Hi-Hat/Multi-use Mount for Snare Drums

http://www.chopspercussion.com/product?item=7018085

Snare Attachment for Hi-Hats, Cymbals, Cow Bells Jam Blocks, Ribbon Crashers, etc.  This is the most versatile option of all marching accessory mounts.

  • Securely mounts to the rim of any free floating drum
  • The universal F-clamp design provides multiple rod applications for hi-hats, cymbals, cowbells, jam blocks, and ribbon crashers

Each rod comes with appropriate mounts, felts, and a memory lock to make set-ups quick, easy and consistent with maximum stability