The End Of An Era at Chops Percussion

On May 30, 2006, Jeff Huffman and I began our journey here at Chops Percussion. We had taught together before that and we had been roommates a couple of different times, so the two of us teaming up together to start Chops made perfect sense. For 12+ years now, the team known simply as “Jeff and Derek” have held down the fort here at Chops, which is what makes this blog so difficult to write.

Made official as of this past Tuesday, Jeff will no longer be with Chops Percussion. He is moving on to a job with Hoshino USA, to help grow the Tama Marching Percussion line of instruments. Jeff is perfect for this position when you consider not only his dealer experience, but also his 6+ years of experience with the Tama product while leading Avon HS to multiple IPA State Championships and WGI PSW Finals appearances. Hoshino is very lucky to have him, and we are very sad to see him go. I can assure you of this: no one is sadder about this than I am, but I know Jeff will be great at his new gig and Tama will be a stronger brand because of him. His last day at Chops Percussion is this Friday, July 6.

Our customers can rest assured that Chops will continue to offer the same great products, high-level service, and product knowledge you have come to expect these last 12 years. I know many of you reading have worked closely with Jeff over this time, so please join me in congratulating him on a job well done here and wishing him well in his new endeavor. If you wish to say something to him on our Facebook page or your personal Facebook page, please use the hashtag “ThanksJeff”. Feel free to use that hashtag on other social media sites as well.

Chops will not be the same without you, my friend. I wish you the very best in this new job and look forward to your visits as our new Tama Marching Percussion rep!

FAQ: How Do I Pay Off My Instrument Rental?

Did you know you can pay off your instrument rental contract early and save!

If you choose, you may pay off your instrument balance in full and save 40% off your remaining balance. You can do this at anytime during your contract. There is no penalty for paying your instrument off early.

To do this, please call our accounting office at Paige’s Music by calling 1-800-382-1099.

You can also complete this process online on the Paige’s Music website. Please refer to this earlier post that explains how to make a payment on our website.

As always, please give us a call if you have any questions.

Drum Corps 2018 Season Preview


We’re well into summer and it’s time for drum corps to hit the road!  For those who aren’t familiar, drum corps (or drum and bugle corps) are marching ensembles (brass, percussion, and color guard) that travel throughout the country each summer rehearsing and performing in different cities at competitions. If you’re unfamiliar with the activity, clickHEREto find out more.

There are many opportunities to see drum corps in competition in Indiana and surrounding states. Here is a partial list of events.

June 2018 News at Chops

Percussion Equipment Evaluations and On-Site Repairs

Summer break is here and there’s no better time to get your instruments evaluated than now! Chops Percussion and Paige’s Music’s repair department are willing to send a trained specialist to your school to assess your percussion inventory.

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Marching arts and electronics. Chops can help!

Sounds systems can be intimidating and can leave directors wondering where to begin. Chops is here to help though! As the activity has evolved, so has our product offerings. More than just a drum shop, Chops is able to find the sound system and electronics that best fulfill your program’s needs.

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Improve This Summer With A Rental From Chops Percussion

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

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Demo Gear Updates

The demo list has some fresh updates for the month of June. Follow the link below to see what’s been added and removed since May.

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Previously Rented Practice Marimbas Available

Adams AMPD30 Academy Marimba

If you’re in need of a practice marimba for home practice over the summer, now is the time!  We currently have a good inventory of lightly used, previously rented Adams practice marimbas in stock and available for you to take home today.  These are also available on our rental plan at a rate of around 15% below the rental rate of a new instrument.  Give us a call and let us help you keep your chops up this summer!

The AMPD30 (top of page) marimba features the same Padouk bars as used on the Best –Selling Soloist Series instruments, giving the player a true graduated bar instrument to learn and grow with. Every tone bar of the Academy 3 octave marimba is hand-adjusted through the sixth overtone using the same bar tuning methods as the top of the line Adams Artist Series instruments. Only Adams is able to consistently produce in-tune instruments with a full and even tone for players at every level.

The AMPD33R 3.3 octave Academy Marimba with Resonators (below) is designed to be an affordable option that allows the intermediate student to work on many of the pieces written for a low A marimba, all while still having the full tone and projection of a full size marimba.

Adams AMPD33R Academy Marimba

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