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Get Your Percussion Gear Ready For The New Year

As the new year approaches, your program is likely going into the busiest time of year with concert band, solo and ensemble, jazz band and indoor percussion all happening at the same time.  Often times you may not think about taking a little extra time to do a thorough inspection of your gear, but it will go a long way in getting the most out of your investment.

Now is a great time to do some general equipment maintenance and cleaning that can ensure you are ready for the busy months ahead.  Having your students actively participate in this process will help them take pride over equipment that will be used long after they leave your program and can help the process move along faster and seem less overwhelming.

Below are some quick and easy tips for making sure your gear is in top shape to start the new year:

  • Take an inventory of all your equipment at the end of each semester.
  • Clean all equipment using a soft cloth to remove any dirt or grime that has built up over time.  A small amount of diluted rubbing alcohol can help remove major build-up.
  • Inspect your instruments for any missing parts.
  • Check for broken or damaged areas on your equipment that may require repair or replacement.
  • Ensure that all frame bolts, nuts, carrier parts, etc. are at the correct tightness.
  • Cover all instruments daily and keep small instruments stored properly.  Don’t leave equipment on the truck for long periods of time.

For a more exhaustive list of maintenance and specific things to look for you can download the pdf file here:

Chops Percussion Comprehensive Percussion Maintenance Guide

If you are in need of parts or more tips call us today and we can help you get everything you need to make sure you are ready to go for 2019!

PASIC Week 2018!

It’s the most wonderful time of year again, PASIC week! Educators, clinicians, students, and performers will all come together to enjoy everything the percussive arts have to offer! The convention will be held at the Indianapolis Convention Center starting Thursday morning and concluding Saturday evening. A detailed schedule can be found at https://pasic.org/schedule.

Chops Percussion is excited to be teaming up with Meinl Percussion and Cymbals again this year. You can find us at Booth 1357/1458, located towards the back of the exhibit hall. Throughout the weekend, we will be offering SPECIAL FLASH SALES! These will only be advertised through our social media pages, so make sure you are following us on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter! We look forward to seeing you at PASIC 2018!

Midwest 2016 Zildjian Demo Cymbal Sale

We’ve partnered with Zildjian at this year’s Midwest Clinic to bring you some great prices on the cymbals that were on display in Chicago in December. Visit the link below to view the list of cymbals that are still available.

Zildjian Midwest Cymbal List

2016 Indoor Percussion Season Preview

Welcome back to the Chops blog.  Indoor Percussion season is already underway, and we’re proud to once again be the presenting sponsor for the Indiana Percussion Association!  Indoor Percussion continues to grow in popularity within the state and across the country.  We’re lucky to have one of the best and largest indoor percussion circuits in the country, and we’re proud to support the efforts of IPA and all of the participating groups.

Along with local IPA contests, there’s also a national WGI regional, hosted by Franklin Central, where you can see performances by ensembles from all over the Midwest.

Here’s a schedule of remaining contests to help you find a show near you!

February 27 IPA Invitational at Pendleton Heights HS
February 27 IPA Invitational at Owen Valley HS
March 5 IPA Invitational at Greenfield-Central HS
March 5-6 WGI Regional at Franklin Central HS
March 12 IPA Invitational at Ben Davis HS
March 12 IPA Invitational at New Palestine HS
March 19 IPA State Prelims/Divisional Finals at Avon HS and Decatur Central HS
April 2 IPA State Finals at Hulman Center, Indiana State University
April 9 WGI Preview Show at Center Grove HS (for groups going to WGI World Championships)

 

Come visit us at IPA State Prelims and State Finals!

We’ll be running a booth at state prelims (Avon site) and state finals, so if you’re attending either of these, make sure to stop by and say hi!  We’ll have of sticks, practice pads, mallets, stick bags, t-shirts, and many other items to choose from.  It would be a great time to try out all the different sticks and pads and take something home!

If you go to any shows, let us know what you think on our Facebook page! If you wear a Chops Percussion shirt, make sure to post a pic to our Facebook or Twitter page!

For more information on events, schedules, venues, ticket sales and more, visit the following:
Indiana Percussion Association (IPA)
Winter Guard International (WGI)