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WGI 2018 Percussion Championships Wrap Up

Chops Percussion made the trip to Dayton, OH this past weekend for the WGI World Championships. We are very lucky to have the support of many groups that competed at the three-day event. Without these groups, our success would not be possible. Congratulations to the following groups for making it to the Finals round in their respective classes:

Scholastic A (PSA) Finals
Plainfield HS – 1st Place, Gold Medalist
Minooka HS – 15th Place

Scholastic Concert A (PSCA) Finals
Decatur Central HS – 1st Place, Gold Medalist

Scholastic Concert Open (PSCO) Finals
Plainfield HS – 6th Place

Scholastic Concert World (PSCW) Finals
Fishers HS – 1st Place, Gold Medalist

Scholastic Open (PSO) Finals
Victor J Andrew HS – 3rd Place, Bronze Medalist
Lawrence Township HS – 6th Place
Greenfield-Central HS – 13th Place

Independent Open (PIO) Finals
Legacy Open – 11th Place

Scholastic World (PSW) Finals
Franklin Central HS – 5th Place
Avon HS – 7th Place
Center Grove HS – 8th Place
Fishers HS – 15th Place

Congratulations also to the following groups for their participation at the WGI World Championships:

PSA: Milford HS, Southport HS, Hamilton Southeastern HS
PSO: Zionsville HS, Forsyth Central HS, Clinton HS
PSW: Lambert HS
PIW: Legacy World

A big THANK YOU goes out to all of you that followed us on Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat this past weekend. We look forward to providing more content like this for you at future events.

We’ll see you next year in Dayton!!!!

Follow us to WGI 2018 on Instagram, Snapchat and more!

It’s finally here, the final week of winter percussion! WGI Finals, hosted primarily in Dayton, OH, will start early Thursday morning and conclude late Saturday night. Once again, Chops Percussion will be heading out to finals to support the groups that make our success possible. We are truly fortunate to have groups from Indiana, Illinois, and Georgia represented this year.

Although we hope you’re able to attend finals in person; there are new and exciting ways to follow us as we head to Dayton. Chops Percussion, in an effort to further connect with our customers and to better showcase our amazing programs, has created an Instagram and Snapchat account (handles listed below)! Please follow us on all our various social media platforms and we can’t wait to see you at WGI Finals this weekend!

Like us on Facebook: Chops Percussion

Twitter: @Chopsperc

Instagram: @Chops_Percussion

Snapchat: chopspercussion

2018 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 around the world.  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 24   IPA Invitational at Knox HS
February 24   IPA Invitational at Owen Valley HS

March 3          IPA Invitational at New Palestine HS
March 3          IPA Invitational at Carroll HS

March 10        IPA Invitational at Ben Davis HS
March 10        IPA Invitational at Zionsville HS
March 10-11  WGI Indianapolis Regional at Franklin Central HS

March 17        IPA Invitational at Plainfield HS
March 17        IPA Invitational & PSB Divisional Prelims at Greenfield-Central HS

March 24        IPA State Prelims & PSB Divisional Finals at Avon HS
March 24        IPA State Prelims at Decatur Central HS

April 7            IPA State Finals at Hulman Center, Indiana State University

April 14          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 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)

2018 WGI Independent Percussion Auditions

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:

Product Spotlight: Vic Firth Roger Carter Signature Stick and Ralph Hardimon Tenor Stick with Nylon Tip

We’re excited about a couple of new products released at WGI this year by our friends at Vic Firth.

Roger Carter Signature Stick

First up is the Roger Carter Signature Snare Stick. The continuing evolution of the marching activity lead to the creation of this stick.

“Roger Carter is well known in the marching percussion activity for his dedication to excellence as well as his unique stylistic approach to rudimental drumming. Throughout his career, Roger has performed with and instructed for some of the foremost marching percussion programs in the world, including the Blue Devils, Crossmen, Madison Scouts, Broken City Indoor Percussion and the Bluecoats.”