2018 Indiana All-State Percussion Ensemble Auditions

Audition Materials Submission Deadline: November 1, 2017

Directors and Students – We want to make you aware of this great opportunity for outstanding young percussionists, and let you know the deadline to submit applications is coming up.  Please share this with any outstanding high school percussionist that may be interested in this fantastic opportunity!  Below is the information from the IMEA website:

2018 Indiana All-State Percussion Ensemble

Performance Information
Grand Wayne Convention Center, Fort Wayne
January 11-13, 2018
Featured Guest Clinician: Ivan Trevino

IMEA, in partnership with the Percussive Arts Society and Indiana Percussion Association is pleased to present this fantastic opportunity for your percussion students! Participating students will have the opportunity to explore different genres of percussion ensemble music led by regional clinicians and featured guest Ivan Trevino.

Activities will begin on Thursday, January 11 at 1:00 PM and conclude on Saturday, January 13 by 5:00 PM. 

Audition Information

Eligibility: Students in Grades 9-12 residing in Indiana or neighboring states are eligible to apply.

Application materials: Available at the following website

http://imeamusic.org/programs-events/all-state-honor-ensembles/all-state-percussion-ensemble/

Audition Requirements:

Applicants will submit audio or video recordings of 1-2 minute excerpts from at least 2 of the following categories:

  • Snare
  • Four mallet keyboard percussion
  • Two-mallet keyboard percussion
  • Drum Set / Multiple Percussion
  • Timpani

Guidelines:

  1. Students in Grades 9-12 residing in Indiana or neighboring states are eligible to apply.
  2. Submit recordings that showcase your strengths in the given category.
  3. Use excerpts of pieces on the ISSMA Group I Solo list (or similar works) if possible.
  4. Individual selections should not be edited or spliced, but rather performed continuously. Adjudicators are more interested in hearing an honest performance than a flawless one.
  5. Attention should be given to the quality of the recording. Soloists should be more prominent than the accompaniment (if used), and the site of the recording should be as soundproof as possible.
  6. Applicants are encouraged to have their instructors and/or directors review their recordings before submission.

Questions should be directed to Dr. Marc Wooldridge / Indiana All-State Percussion Ensemble Chair / marc.wooldridge@indwes.edu / (765) 677-2038 

 For more information, please visit imeamusic.org.

For more information on Ivan Trevino, please visit Ivandrums.com.

Remembering John Henry Bonham

Welcome back to the Chops blog. Today we’re remembering the untimely passing of one of the most influential drummers of all time, John Henry Bonham. We’d like to celebrate his life and influence by sharing some of our favorite Bonham-related links we’ve found on the web. They include an article from Drum! Magazine on 10 ways to sound like Bonham, a video from his drum tech Jeff Ocheltree on how to tune and mic like Bonham, and some isolated drums tracks of him in the studio. Give the article a read, check out the Jeff Ocheltree video, then sit back and listen to the bombastic sounds and heavy grooves of John Bonham.

Performance Opportunities at PASIC

Welcome back to the Chops blog.  Today we would like to highlight some of the opportunities student percussionists have to perform in competitive events at PASIC.  With the convention being held right here in Indianapolis, it’s a great opportunity for Indiana schools, and schools from surrounding states, to give their students some incredible experiences!  Plus, by performing at PASIC, students receive a discounted rate on one-day and four-day badges!  Welcome back to the Chops blog.  Today we would like to highlight some of the opportunities student percussionists have to perform in competitive events at PASIC.  With the convention being held right here in Indianapolis, it’s a great opportunity for Indiana schools, and schools from surrounding states, to give their students some incredible experiences!  Plus, by performing at PASIC, students receive a discounted rate on one-day and four-day badges!

September 2017 News at Chops

Demo Gear/Clearance Items

Demo Gear at Chops Percusssion

Several changes have been made to the list since August. Follow the link below to view what’s still available!

View the list on our website.


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IN Bands Website

Marching season is here!  There’s a new resource for Indiana marching contest information where you can find contest lineups and results, so share this if you know somebody looking for contest information for upcoming shows!  They’re still in need of information for many contests, so if you’re a contest host, please submit your info so they can be as up to date as possible.

Visit the new IN Bands website now!


2017 College Marching Band Preview

Chops Indiana college marching band preview.

If you are a fan of the marching arts, it’s hard to beat Indiana. Between drum corps during the summer, marching band in the fall, and winter guard and percussion during the winter and spring, there’s rarely a break between marching seasons. However, it’s easy to forget that there are many great college marching bands in the state.

Check out our college marching band preview on our blog.

2018 WGI Independent Percussion Auditions

Welcome back to the Chops blog. Audition season for indoor percussion is upon us and many of you may be considering marching in an Independent percussion ensemble this winter. Indoor percussion, although a relatively young activity, has become very popular, both locally and nationally, over the past 10-15 years. Over this time, many “Independent” ensembles have been started to give percussionists the opportunity to continue performing after they graduate from high school. It also gives those whose high schools do not have a performing ensemble, an opportunity to join and experience the thrill of performing in an indoor percussion ensemble. For those of you not familiar with this, there are “Scholastic” and “Independent” classifications in indoor percussion. Here is the class description from the WGI website: