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Indiana Percussion Association 2015 State Finals

Chops Percussion was proud to once again be the presenting sponsor of the Indiana Percussion Association.  We would like to congratulate the students, staff and parents of all the participating schools on another exciting year of great performances.  It’s amazing what these young musicians are able to achieve, and the talent level seems to increase every year.  Congratulations to everyone involved with performing and constructing these shows, along with all the support staff who made it possible for the students and staff to do what they do!

 

State Championship Medalist Results

Concert Classes
Scholastic Concert A (PSCA) – Basic Level

  1. Pike Central
  2. Fairfield
  3. Twin Lakes

Scholastic Concert Open (PSCO) – Intermediate Level

  1. New Castle “Open”
  2. Castle
  3. Pendleton Heights

Scholastic Concert World (PSCW) – Advanced Level

  1. Goshen
  2. Fishers
  3. Lake Central

Marching Classes
Scholastic A (PSA) – Basic Level

  1. Zionsville
  2. Avon “A”
  3. Decatur Central

Independent A (PIA) – Basic Level

  1. Cloverdale-Monrovia Independent

Scholastic Open (PSO) – Intermediate Level

  1. Franklin Central
  2. Lawrence Township
  3. Plainfield

Scholastic World (PSW) – Advanced Level

  1. Avon “World”
  2. Center Grove
  3. Goshen

 

For a complete list of results, please visit www.indianapercussion.org

Indiana Percussion News & Events

Here are a few major events happening over the next few weeks that you should check out!

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Bands of America Grand National Championships
When: November 12-15
Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
Come see and hear the best high school marching bands from around the country. If you can swing it, the days for the best seats are the Thursday and Friday prelims, which are general admission seating. Saturday morning/afternoon Semifinals are general admission also, but more difficult to find good seats.
http://www.musicforall.org/what-we-do/boa-marching-championships/grand-national-championships

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Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC)
When: November 20-22
Where: Indianapolis Convention Center
If you are a percussion educator, a student percussionist at any level, a pro drummer/percussionist or have any interest in drums and percussion, you need to attend this convention! There are concerts, clinics, hands-on sessions, discussion panels, labs, and an exhibit hall full of percussion products, music and books. You can sign up to attend with full access the entire time, or sign up for a day pass. It won’t be in Indianapolis next year, so don’t miss this opportunity while it’s in your back yard!
http://www.pas.org/pasic

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Indiana Percussion Association (IPA) Clinic Day
When: Saturday, December 13
Where: Franklin Community High School, Franklin, Indiana
This event is held regularly by the IPA as a kick-off day for the upcoming indoor drumline season. There are clinics for students and instructors, as well as an individual and ensemble competition. Instructors should be present for the IPA director/instructor meeting to go over details and changes for the 2015 season. If you are a young instructor, you need to be there!!!
http://www.indianapercussion.org/home/clinic-day/

Quick Tips for Marching Band: Taking Care of your Instruments in Fall Weather

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As we move into the latter part of the fall marching band season, we’re faced with weather hazards that can do much damage to our instruments. It’s near the end of the season, so we can’t just escape inside to rehearse music if rain and very cold weather continues to hit during rehearsal times. Eventually, you have to go outside. There’s also the possibility of having to deal with these elements during a contest performance.
Here are some tips to help make sure your instruments survive the elements this fall.

During Rehearsals and Performances

  • Use covers as much as possible for your mallet instruments, especially when drill is a focus and the pit isn’t playing all the time. If raining during rehearsal, keep mallets dry and use old mallets if available. Keep your “show mallets” in good condition.
  • Try to avoid too much water collecting on your drum heads and dump if needed.
  • Keep tenor drums down in playing position and don’t allow the inside wood shells to get soaked if raining heavy.
  • Keep stick tips and bass drum mallets dry. Use old sticks and mallets if possible.
  • Use a window squeegee to clear water collected on timpani heads
  • In very cold temperatures, be careful not to overplay cymbals as they are more susceptible to cracks.
    “Warming” a gong should always be done before striking it (lightly tapping it to get it vibrating) but this is even more important during cold temperatures to help avoid cracks.
  • Cover electronics with tarps, trash bags or anything to keep them dry. Clear plastic can be used over electronic keyboards, leaving just enough room for the player’s hands, so the student can still see the keyboard and participate.
  • Cover any mics with small garbage bags. (Make sure there aren’t any holes!)

After:

  • Take covers off and lay out to dry.
  • Use towels to soak up water that may have collected around the edges of drumheads or anywhere water may be hiding.
  • Lay electronic cables out to dry.
  • If any electronics may have gotten wet or damp, place a fan blowing on them to help get them dry as fast as possible.
  • Make sure to dry EVERYTHING off (instruments, frames, hardware, etc) to avoid rust and other damage.

We can’t always get the perfect weather during marching season and are sometimes forced into elements that are not ideal. Take the time to keep your instruments in good condition to avoid damage and costly replacements and repairs. Good luck the rest of the season!

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