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Vic Firth Marching Percussion channel on YouTube

Today’s post is from our friend Mark Wessels at Vic Firth.  We asked him to tell us the story behind the new Vic Firth Marching Percussion channel on YouTube and how that came about.

mark-wesselsSince the early days of internet video, Vic Firth was a pioneer in delivering top-quality percussion education and entertainment to a worldwide audience. We’ve tried hard to represent all aspects of percussion – from drum set to concert, marching to jazz keyboard, our goal has always been to reach every genre of music.

As a result, the Vic Firth YouTube channel has grown significantly. Our 205,000+ subscribers have racked up over 57 million views – by far the largest channel in the percussion industry. With the addition of 2-3 new videos each day to our library of over 3,000 videos, we’re consistently adding 1.5 million new views each month!

The only downside is that we’ve actually had to “throttle” some of the percussion content so that we can deliver a balance between all the various genres of percussion, especially during the peak seasons of WGI and DCI.  Because most of us here at Vic have a deep marching percussion background, we weren’t happy with that…  we’re always wanting to do more, not less!

With the launch of the new “Vic Firth Marching Percussion” channel, we’re able to dive deeper into the content that our marching fans want to see.  We’re always striving to go ‘beyond the lot’ to bring you new & exciting features, including “Learn the Music” videos – where you can grab your sticks or mallets and play along to the 2016 DCI shows – to “Vic Licks”, interviews with the show designers and instructors, plus much more!

The best part is that we’re just beginning!  Keep an eye out for the Vic team on the road this summer as we continue to break new ground with the content we have to offer.


One of the latest videos from the new Vic Firth channel.

WGI Percussion Championship Wrap-Up

Victor J Andrew

Chops Percussion made the trip to Dayton, OH this past weekend for the WGI World Championships. We’re very lucky to have the support of many schools and independent groups that made the trip as well. 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
Victor J Andrew HS – 1st Place, Gold Medalist
Zionsville HS – 5th Place
Greenfield-Central HS – 6th Place
Minooka HS – 9th Place
Milford HS – 12th Place

Scholastic Concert World (PSCW) Finals
Goshen HS – 3rd Place, Bronze Medalist

Scholastic Open (PSO) Finals
Lawrence Township HS – 13th Place

Scholastic World (PSW) Finals
Avon HS – 4th Place
Center Grove HS – 6th Place
Franklin Central HS – 8th Place
Ben Davis HS – 13th Place

Congratulations also to the following groups for their participation at the WGI World Championships:
PSA: Carroll HS, Norwell HS, Plainfield HS
PSO: Decatur Central HS, Clinton HS, Cypress Bay HS
PSW: Goshen HS, Lambert HS, Forsyth Central HS, Fishers HS
PIW: Legacy Independent

We’ll see you next year in Dayton!!!!