The Positive Impact Drumming Has On Mental Health

Happy 2020, everyone! We hope the holiday season treated you and your loved ones well.

Research conducted by the Royal College of Music in London shows that drumming can have a drastic impact on one’s mental health. A 10 week group drumming program reduced depression in the participants by 38% and anxiety by 20%! The 10 week study also shows social resilience improving by 23% and overall mental well-being by 16%. These numbers are astounding to me, but when I think about how I feel when I’m playing drums with my band, I am not at all surprised.

Full disclosure: I suffer from depression. Some times are worse than others and the winter can be the most brutal for me. Getting behind my drum set and playing is a huge lift for my mood and my self-esteem. It’s the one thing I have in my life that I can constantly count on to give me joy. I’m so glad to know that drumming can be therapeutic for so many others.

If you have never played but have always wanted to learn, or you would just like to find a new outlet to release some of that negative energy, maybe now is the time for you! If you’re in the Indianapolis area, Bongo Boy Music School offers group drumming, as well as private instruction. Bongo Boy offers many wellness sessions for people of all ages and ability levels. Learn more about the wellness program here.

Click here to check out the article on the Royal College of Music study.

I wish you all the very best mental and physical health this year and every year after. Cheers!

My First Drum Set

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We share this blog post at this time each year.  Christmas is a popular time for kids to get their first kit, so it seemed appropriate to share this again.  myfirstdrumset.com is a great resource for those just getting started in the world of drumming.

Are you taking up drumming for the first time? Are you buying a drum set for the drummer in your life this holiday season? If so, you may want to start at myfirstdrumset.com. This website was created by the people at Pearl Drums with the idea of educating not only the drummer, but the parent or loved one who is buying the set. Here are the highlights:

  • A “Welcome to Drumming” video with appearances by some of the top names in the drumming world.
  • A step-by-step video that shows you how to correctly unpack and set up your drum set.
  • Video tips on tuning, warming up, and playing your first beats on your new drum set.
  • A drum set buying guide.
  • A very informative FAQ section.
  • Statistics that show what a great thing drumming can be for the mind, body, and spirit!

If you or someone you love has decided that this is the year to take up drumming, there really is no better place to start than myfirstdrumset.com! And when you’re ready to make the purchase, Chops Percussion has many great instrument options for you to choose from, including the Roadshow kit. We also have a rent-to-own program that features the Pearl Decade Maple. Be sure to check out all of our rental offerings at chopspercussion.com. Welcome to the world of drumming!

Chops Percussion Holiday Hours for 2019

Just a couple of notes on our holiday hours. We’ll be open Saturday, December 21st from 10am – 4pm. These are our normal Saturday hours. We’ll be closed on Sunday, December 22nd. We are also normally closed on Sundays. We will be closed on Tuesday, December 24th for Christmas Eve and Wednesday, December 25th for Christmas Day.

We will also be closing at 2pm on Tuesday, December 31st for New Year’s Eve and we will be closed Wednesday, January 1st, 2020 for New Year’s Day.

We’ll be back to normal hours on Thursday, January 2, 2020.

Here’s a run-down:

Saturday, December 21st: Open 10am-4pm
Sunday, December 22nd: CLOSED
Monday, December 23rd: Open 10am-6pm
Tuesday, December 24th: CLOSED
Wednesday, December 25th: CLOSED

Saturday, December 28th: Open 10am-4pm
Sunday, December 29th: CLOSED
Monday, December 30th: Open 10am-6pm
Tuesday, December 31st: Open 10am-2pm

Wednesday, January 1st: CLOSED

Happy Holidays from all of us at Chops Percussion! Here’s to a great 2020!

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 www.indianapercussion.org.

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