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Veritas 2020 Pearl/Adams Sale List – Reserve Now

It’s that time of year again! We’ll be selling the Pearl and Adams gear used by Veritas this indoor season. Now is your chance to save a lot of money on battery and front ensemble equipment for your program. We’re reserving instruments now, so if you want to get your name on a certain item, please email sales@chopspercussion.com and we’ll get it reserved for you.

All gear will be available after the final 2020 performance by Veritas at the WGI World Championships in Dayton, Ohio. You can drive a trailer over to pick your instruments up, or we can make arrangements with you to deliver your order after WGI.

To check out the list of available gear, please click here.

The Positive Impact Drumming Has On Mental Health

Happy 2020, everyone! We hope the holiday season treated you and your loved ones well.

Research conducted by the Royal College of Music in London shows that drumming can have a drastic impact on one’s mental health. A 10 week group drumming program reduced depression in the participants by 38% and anxiety by 20%! The 10 week study also shows social resilience improving by 23% and overall mental well-being by 16%. These numbers are astounding to me, but when I think about how I feel when I’m playing drums with my band, I am not at all surprised.

Full disclosure: I suffer from depression. Some times are worse than others and the winter can be the most brutal for me. Getting behind my drum set and playing is a huge lift for my mood and my self-esteem. It’s the one thing I have in my life that I can constantly count on to give me joy. I’m so glad to know that drumming can be therapeutic for so many others.

If you have never played but have always wanted to learn, or you would just like to find a new outlet to release some of that negative energy, maybe now is the time for you! If you’re in the Indianapolis area, Bongo Boy Music School offers group drumming, as well as private instruction. Bongo Boy offers many wellness sessions for people of all ages and ability levels. Learn more about the wellness program here.

Click here to check out the article on the Royal College of Music study.

I wish you all the very best mental and physical health this year and every year after. Cheers!

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!

Meinl Cymbal Tour Starts Today!!!

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!