A New Year, A New You: Drumming and Health

With every new year comes the possibility of improvement and change in our lives such as striving to be healthier, relaxing more or do something new to learn. One of the most common New Years resolutions is to work on our health/mental health. There are many great resources that demonstrate the benefits of drumming as improving both your health and mental health. Drumming can help with things such as stress relief, mental awareness, cardio and help increase energy amongst many other benefits. Whether you are an experienced drummer or a casual drummer the benefits of playing for 20 – 30 minutes a day can improve your quality of life in many ways.

The activities involved in many types of drumming revolve around movement, so it makes sense that there would be so many benefits to taking part in this activity on a regular basis. Whether it is sitting down behind your drum set for a few hours a weeks or takin part in a group drumming session, your health will be improved. We hope everyone will take some time this year to drum a little more, focus on their heath and learn something new. Happy New Years to all and best of luck on your drumming journey this year!

Below are a few articles that detail the great health benefits of drumming:




Malletech World Vibes Congress 2021











This coming weekend Malletech is hosting a virtual clinic event known as the World Vibes Congress. There will be performances, clinics, discussions and listening sessions with some of the best vibraphonists in the world.  With names like Friedman, Locke and Harris, this one of a kind event will be on that you do not want to miss. This event is FREE to the public covers a variety of musical styles in diverse sessions that will deliver over 9 hours of streaming content!

You can find all the information for the event at the following link (including YouTube link and schedule): https://malletech.com/wvc2021/

In addition to this you can check out this short promo video for a sneak peek of what is to come.

Be sure to check out this great educational opportunity on January 2nd and 3rd!

Chops Percussion Holiday Hours 2020

Just a couple of notes on our holiday hours. We’ll be open on December 24th (Christmas Eve) from 10am – 2pm. We will be closed on Friday, December 25th for Christmas Eve and Saturday, December 26th. 

We will also be closing at 2pm on Thursday, December 31st for New Year’s Eve and we will be closed Friday, January 1st, 2021 for New Year’s Day.

We’ll be back to normal hours on Saturday, January 2, 2021 from 10am-4pm.

Here’s a run-down:

Thursday, December 24th: Open 10am-2pm
Friday, December 25th: CLOSED
Saturday, December 26th: CLOSED

Monday, December 28th – Wednesday, December 30th: Open 10am-6pm

Thursday, December 31st: Open 10am-2pm
Friday, January 1st: CLOSED
Saturday, January 2nd: Open 10am-4pm

Happy Holidays from all of us at Chops Percussion! Here’s to a great 2021!

Yearly Maintenance Tips: A Comprehensive Guide

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 2021!

IN STOCK: Pearl Decade Maple 5 Pc. Drum Set

We currently have a full stock of Pearl Decade Maple 5 Piece Drum Sets in stock in the Classic Satin Amburst Finish. These would make any beginner or advanced drummer excited to sit down and practice every day. The quality of these drums are unmatched in this price range and would make a great holiday gift for any aspiring drummer! You can even package them together with Sabin XSR cymbals for a Rent-to-Own option.

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):

*prices shown in video may not be accurate for current pricing*

To learn more about Sabian XSR cymbals, check out this video: https://sabian.com/en/videos/xsr/226055911

If you are a drummer, or have an aspiring drummer at home looking for an equipment upgrade, we hope you’ll consider the new Decade Maple package from Chops Percussion. Please feel free to call 877-900-DRUM or email sales@chopspercussion.comfor more details on our rent-to-buy program.