PAS Issues Guidance On Managing COVID-19 Within Your Percussion Section

I hope this finds you all doing well!

If you’re a teacher or a percussion instructor, odds are you have been thinking a lot about the upcoming school and marching season. There are still tons of unanswered questions out there, so the Percussive Arts Society came up with a guide to help you navigate the tough road ahead.

This guide is the most thorough I have seen with regards to sanitizing gear, rehearsal protocol, and curricular recommendations. It is definitely worth a few minutes of your time. Many of the items listed in the guide are things you all will face, so I hope that this serves to answer some questions or give you some fresh ideas.

You can find the guide here:

June 2020 News At Chops

Sabian Wants You To Buy With Confidence

Have you ever ordered a cymbal for your drum set or your concert band and been disappointed by the sound of the instrument when it finally arrives? Don’t worry – you’re not the only one! Sabian has come up with a couple of unique ways to make sure you’re satisfied with your purchase from minute one, and if you’re not, they will make it right!

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Product Spotlight: Evans TCX Marching Tenor Heads

The TCX tenor heads are a new alternative from Evans for all marching tenor applications. They are designed with band directors and percussion instructors in mind who seek enhanced volume and tonal clarity of their tenor line.

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Product Spotlight: Tama’s Dyna-Sync Bass Drum Pedals

We’re excited to talk about Tama’s brand new Dyna-Sync bass drum pedals. These pedals were unveiled at Winter NAMM this past January, and there was a lot of buzz surrounding them. I can tell you after putting my own foot on one the buzz was deserved!

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Demo Gear & Clearance Items

We’ve had several updates to the demo page since our last email. Head over to the list to check them out!

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Sabian is Striving to Make Cymbal Selection A Better Experience for Music Educators

Have you ever ordered a cymbal for your drum set or your concert band and been disappointed by the sound of the instrument when it finally arrives? Don’t worry – you’re not the only one! Sabian has come up with a couple of unique ways to make sure you’re satisfied with your purchase from minute one, and if you’re not, they will make it right!

New Product Spotlight: Evans TCX Marching Tenor Heads

The TCX tenor heads are a new alternative from Evans for all marching tenor applications. They are designed with band directors and percussion instructors in mind who seek enhanced volume and tonal clarity of their tenor line. With the combination of two identical plies of 7 mil clear film, TCX tenor heads offer a full, rich tonal spectrum at any tuning range with increased projection and clear articulation. Combined with Level 360 Technology and Evans proprietary two-ply alignment, each head delivers maximum resonance and sustain at any tension. Available in 6-14″ for all common tenor drum sizes.

For all of you that are fans of the Corps Clear and MX Frost tenor heads, those are being discontinued in favor of this new TCX head. Chops now has the TCX heads in stock, so give us a call when you’re ready to give them a shot!

Improve Your Skills This Summer With A Rental From Chops Percussion

Keep improving this summer with a rental from Chops Percussion!

Chops has several drum sets and keyboards available for rental that are perfect for home practice.

Pearl Decade Maple Drum Set

For $69 per month, you will now be able to rent the Pearl Decade Maple set with 830 series hardware, a Sabin XSR cymbal package (14” hi hats, 16” and 18” crashes, 20” ride), and a Pearl D930 drum throne. We’ve had many requests for drum set outfits with upgraded drum and cymbal options, and this package definitely fits the bill. Do you want to hear the Decade in action? Please check out this video (best to listen with headphones or high-quality speakers):


Adams MSPV43 Soloist Series Marimba