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!

2019 IPA Clinic Day Information

WHAT: 2018 Indiana Percussion Association Clinic Day and I&E Competition

WHEN: Saturday, December 7th, 9am-4pm (on-site registration begins at 8am)

WHERE: Plainfield High School

HOW: On-line registration is NOW OPEN! On-site registration the day of the clinic will begin at 8am. Cost will be $15/person pre-registration or $20 at the door. Lunch is not included but the Plainfield Band Boosters will have lunch concessions available.

Individual and Ensemble Competition will be held during the day. The categories are: Snare Drum, Tenors, Keyboard, Timpani, and Percussion Ensemble. The entrance fee for a solo is $12. The fee for an ensemble is $8 per member.

There will also be a Future College Music Majors Prep Course that day, so if you’re planning on pursing a music degree in college, you will not want to miss this.

To pre-register for the clinic day, I&E Competition, or to see other IPA-related info, please visit

We hope to see you at Plainfield HS on December 7th!

Meinl Cymbal Tour Starts Today!!!

Meinl Cymbal Tour To Be Included in Paige’s Music Super Sale

After PASIC last year, we brought what Meinl cymbals didn’t sell back to our store for a 2 week cymbal tour. We are doing the same thing this year, but we’re excited to announce that we are including the cymbal tour in the Paige’s Music Super Sale.

We’ll have over 200 cymbals in the booth at PASIC, so that means there were be a lot of cymbals to check out during the cymbal tour. If you’ve been curious about Meinl or you’re looking to add cymbals to your set-up, this tour will be a great opportunity for you to do just that.

The Super Sale runs from Thursday, November 21st through Saturday, November 23rd. You can draw a ticket to see how much you can save on your cymbal purchase. Tickets are marked from 5% to as much as 50% off your purchase. Only one ticket can be drawn per customer and per family. The Super Sale opportunity is good for Meinl cymbals only. No other products sold through Chops Percussion is eligible for Super Sale pricing.

The cymbal tour begins Monday, November 18th and runs through Saturday, November 30th. If you can’t make it to PASIC this year and want to check out what Meinl has to offer, the cymbal tour will be the best chance you have, and you have an opportunity to save some money via the Super Sale! We hope to see you soon!

Chops Percussion and Meinl USA Teaming Up For PASIC 2019


If you’re a drummer/percussionist and are making plans to attend PASIC this year, make sure pay us a visit at booth 1235. We’ll have over 200 different cymbals in the booth, along with all kinds of drum set and percussion accessories.

If you have specific questions on items in the booth, our Meinl representative will be there to help you out. You are more than welcome to try out anything in the booth before buying. If you want to hear how a cymbal sounds while playing, we’ll walk you over to a drum manufacturer and you can try a cymbal out on a drum set!

Great pricing will be available on each item, and you’ll get to hear it before you buy it, so come check out all the great gear we’ll have on site.

If you haven’t yet registered for PASIC, or just would like more information on the event, please visit

We hope to see you next week!