Safety First: Some Thing To Know Before Coming To Chops

Welcome back to the Chops blog. I hope this finds all of you doing well.

We are now at the point that we can start letting customers back into our showroom. While we are very excited to see you, there are some new protocols in place for our walk-in customers. Here are some things to know before you head this way:

– If you do not feel well or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please do not enter the building.
– Children 16 years of age and younger will not be allowed in Chops unless they’re accompanied by an adult.
– Children 16 and under must remain in the Paige’s showroom with their parent(s) until a parent is able to accompany them into Chops.
– No more than 4 guests are allowed in the Chops showroom at one time.
– Please ask the staff on hand for assistance before trying instruments/accessories out.
– Hands-free sanitizing station is available at the counter.
– If more than one person is in the room with you, please practice social distancing.

We all know things are A LOT different right now, but for the safety of our staff and our customers, this is the way things have to be. We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we try to get the showroom up and running again. For those that aren’t ready to come into the store, we will still be offering curbside service.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call 317-813-2070 or email us at sales@chopspercussion.com. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Chops Quarantine Q&A: Greenfield-Central HS Percussion Director Sean Widmer

Welcome back to the Chops blog. We know marching season is upon us, and there are a lot of questions about how groups are keeping their kids informed and prepared for the upcoming season. I would like to thank Sean for taking the time to answer a few questions about how things are currently going at Greenfield-Central. For more information on Sean, you can check out his bio here.

How have your kids gotten over the sting of indoor season ending prematurely? It’s been understandably difficult. It was even difficult to fully understand the impact in the following days. In these moments, it’s so important for people in jobs like mine to educate and remember that your students are watching you, AND watching you react. There are life lessons to be learned through this… Not taking things for granted. Not waiting to take care of something. Giving it your all every rehearsal. I hope more than anything our students at Greenfield-Central are ready to flip the script and turn a tough time in life into a better version of themselves, ready to tackle whatever is next in life because they won’t take it for granted.

Marching band drumline auditions would be beginning around this time, so how are you going about your audition process, and what about the virtual process makes this difficult? It’s important to recognize that students are usually very excited for the marching season, and probably have a big desire to get going. We have already started to creep into the start of the season by handing out a parade tune to learn and will be continuing by releasing their percussion packets. We will make ourselves available for online lessons and even create goals to keep students practicing. There are certainly difficulties, specifically in time available to see and hear students in person. However, there are going to be programs all across the country make it work and make it work well. What is most important is to keep them playing and to keep the feedback coming.

How has this time out of school impacted the recruiting process for the upcoming marching season? It is so much easier to convince a kid to come try something when you see them every day in class. We are always under the mindset of, “come try it and you’ll probably love it”. We just want to get the kids in the door because it’s a contagious group to be involved with and we know our upperclassmen will surround our new students with the fun and joy that makes them want to come back. We are anticipating similar numbers this year, but may need to exercise some more flexibility for the kids on the fence.

What do you have your kids doing at home to make sure they’re prepared when marching band season is allowed to start up? Our staff meets weekly to talk about challenges like this. Just today we were discussing ways to get them moving at home a bit to be more ready for the physical aspect of marching band. We rely heavily on our student leaders to set examples and even encourage kids in their sections, so they may be involved in developing a workout routine for everyone in the band!

Are you doing anything online with the visual side of things for your incoming rookies? I would think that would be the most difficult part of the process. It is going to be a very difficult part of this season! I would like to see us set everyone up with a great foundation before day 1 of in person rehearsals. This is how to stand, this is how to approach your instrument, this is how to mark time, etc. That way we can refine those skills quickly and take that really good foundation into marching fundamentals.

In what way will this downtime impact how you arrange for the group? I know the battery kids can practice on drums or pads, but this will be difficult for the front ensemble performers. Another good questions is “What can mallet players practice at home?” And the answer is LOTS! You can’t drive a corvette without an engine and a front ensembles engine is their chops. Four mallet drills on the floor and check patterns on practice pads go a long ways to be ready for what our marching band book will demand of them. Of course, we will never want to present our students with an unattainable book, but we will ALWAYS want to challenge them and push them to become better. I’m a firm believer in kids rising to the occasion and I know that as long as we keep working as individuals on our skills now, our 2020 marching band group will accomplish everything they want to this Fall! Maybe that means the first few weeks look different than in years past…but instructors should think about their students and what they can improve on now so they can get to other things later.

Thank you for your time, Sean. Be well and stay safe! Thank you to Derek, Chops Percussion, and Paige’s Music for all of your support of the Greenfield-Central Band! Stay healthy and stay positive everyone.

Drum Sets Available For Rent

If you love playing the drums, but you’re stuck at home without a drum set, we have the solution for you! We have several here to rent, so give us a call and we can help get your process started today! A 3 month minimum commitment and your first month’s payment is all it takes to get a drum set from our store to your home. If you’re worried about noise, we do have options to take care of that! For more information on the drum set rental program, click here. If you have any specific questions that the website can’t answer, feel free to email sales@chopspercussion.com or call 317-813-2070. I hope everyone is staying safe. Please know that we’re thinking of all of you during this time, and we can’t wait to see you again!

Work On Some New Skills During Your Free Time

Hi, everyone. I hope this finds you all safe and doing well. I’m sure many of you are getting a chance to play your drums or other percussion instruments daily. I know I’ve had more time to play at home these last few weeks than I’ve had in years, so I’ve tried to take advantage of it, because I may never get it again! If you are playing more regularly, try adding something new to your arsenal. The above picture is my practice kit at home. Look at the hardware and you’ll notice a Pearl Eliminator double bass drum pedal. I’ve never been a double pedal guy, and truth be told, I’ve never really had the patience to work on it. I figured now may be the right time for this old dog to learn some new tricks. I’m a little more patient with myself these days, and just trying to enjoy the process of learning something new. I hope you are doing the same. Maybe your fills need freshening up, or you finally want to learn the drum break in “Tom Sawyer”; now is the perfect time to do exactly that! Be patient with yourself, slow things down, slow them down some more, and do your best to enjoy learning some new stuff. It may not feel like it right away, but you ARE getting better, and that’s what practice is all about. HAVE FUN!

Curbside Pickup Available Again

Beginning Tuesday, April 14th we will be open normal business hours to take phone, email, online orders and to provide contact-free curbside pick-up while our showrooms remain closed. We will also be running a modified delivery route to central locations in local school districts on an as-needed basis and every purchase during the stay at home order will receive free shipping to your home. Please contact us so we can work with you to provide the most convenient arrangements possible to serve you during this current stay-at-home order.

Curbside Service Details

1. Call us at 317-842-2102

It’s best to call ahead so we can get your order or serviced items ready to go prior to your arrival.  This will save you time once you’re here.

2.  We’ll take your order or prepare your loaner or repair to be picked up.  

3.  Call us again when you arrive.  The number again is 317-842-2102.

4.  One of our staff members will bring your items out to you.

  • Staff members use hand sanitizer between each customer interaction 
  • We use disinfectant wipes on the handles of each instrument prior to bringing then out to you.
  • Receipts can be emailed to you if we have your email address on file

We are in a difficult time and find ourselves in uncharted waters.  We appreciate your patience as we try to do everything we can to keep our customers and our staff as safe as possible.