July 2017 News at Chops

Student Equipment Lists

School Supply Lists

We sent this request out last year and heard back from many of you. We’re asking again this year just in case you’ve made changes to your list of required items for 2017.

For parents with kids in band for the first time, back to school can be quite confusing (especially with a young percussionist at home). Do you, the teacher, have a required list of sticks and mallets for your percussionists to get? We would love to have an updated copy of that here at Chops. A list of all of your required implements would be a huge help to us and would ensure that your student gets exactly what they need before their first day of band class.

This also helps us with keeping your required implements in stock, so that no child is waiting on sticks or mallets when school starts. I know it’s hard to believe, but the first day of school isn’t that far away. Let’s work together and make sure your student is 100% prepared before they walk into your band room.

Please e-mail your list to chops@chopspercussion.com and we’ll do our very best to make sure we have what your student needs in stock. Thanks for the help and enjoy the rest of your summer!

Demo Gear/Clearance Items

Demo Gear at Chops Percusssion

Our demo list has been refreshed for July. Follow the link below to view what’s been added and sold!

View the list on our website.

Product Spotlight – Pearl Reference Pure shell pack – Black Cherry

Pearl Reference shell pack in black cherry

Todd Sucherman was in the store last year for a clinic and it was incredible. And, so was the gear that he played. All that’s left is a Pearl Reference series shell pack in Black Cherry. We have it priced below school bid. It’s a 4 piece shell pack (10-12-16-22)

Click on over to see pictures from the clinic to see the price and how he had it integreated within his setup.

View the kit on our website.

July is a Great Month to Have a Birthday if You’re a Drummer

We had no idea, but July is apparently a good month to be born if you’re a drummer. Check out the partial list of legendary timekeepers below!


July 1 – Ndugu Chancler (Drummer on Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean”)

July 4 – Butch Miles (Mel Tormé, Count Basie Orchestra)

July 6 – Louie Bellson (Jazz Legend)

July 7 – Ringo Starr (The Beatles)

July 8 – Jaimoe Johanson (The Allman Brothers Band)

July 9 – Stanton Moore (Galactic) & Mitch Mitchell (Jimi Hendrix)

July 15 – Philly Joe Jones (Miles Davis)

July 16 – Stewart Copeland (The Police)

July 17 – Joe Morello (Dave Brubeck)

July 22 – Don Henley (Eagles)

July 23 – Jim Chapin (Woody Herman, Tommy Dorsey)

July 26 – Roger Taylor (Queen)

July 31 – Bill Berry  (R.E.M.)


If you’re a drummer and celebrate a birthday in July, you’re obviously in great company! Happy Birthday from all of us at Chops Percussion.

New Chops Showroom

It’s been several months since we first announced that our space would be going through a remodel.  We’re happy to announce that the new showroom is now open for business.


The new space is about the same size as our old one, just a slightly different shape and better organization.

June 2017 News at Chops

Demo Gear/Clearance Items

Demo Gear at Chops Percusssion

Our demo list has been updated. Follow the link below to view what’s changed since last month!

View the list on our website.

Drum Corps 2017 Season Preview

Drum Corps 2017 Preview

As the school year comes to an end the drum corps season is just beginning. 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 competitions. If you’re unfamiliar with the activity, click HERE to 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. Be sure to check out the event information at www.dci.org.

View the list on our website.

Director and Instructor Job Opportunities

Director and instructor job openings.

It’s that time of year, when director and instructor positions begin to open up around the state.  If you’re looking for a certified teaching position, a percussion director position, or part-time tech work, make sure to check the Paige’s Music  job openings page.

You can also post an opening for a postition you need to fill. Learn how over on the blog!

Product Spotlight: Vic Firth Roger Carter Signature Stick and Ralph Hardimon Tenor Stick with Nylon Tip

New products from Vic Firth

We’re excited about a couple of new products released at WGI this year by our friends at Vic Firth. Both the Roger Carter Signature Stick and the Ralph Hardimon Tenor Stick with Nylon Tip are great additions to their catalog.

Head over to the blog to learn all of the details.

Summer Symposium Percussion Specialist Academy 2017

The Percussion Specialist Academy at the Music for All’s Summer Symposium, happening June 26 – July 1, offers a great opportunity for some world-class percussion instruction and insight. Whether you’re a beginning instructor or a veteran who likes to stay current, this is a great chance to meet and interact with other instructors and professionals from across the country and exchange ideas on how to run your program.

This year’s faculty is a who’s-who of percussion experts, and they’ll be covering a wide variety of topics.

  • Branding your program
  • Ethics and professional development
  • The RIGHT gear
  • Starting a successful winter program
  • Sampling 101
  • The concert percussion secret
  • De-mystifying the Yamaha 01V
  • Hand drumming
  • The digital audio workstation
  • The history of percussion and essential literature
  • Creating sponsorship opportunities
  • Indoor and outdoor staging
  • Preventative medicine for the drummer in you
  • Winter percussion design and orchestration
  • Essential composition techniques for outdoor
  • “Mic”ing made easy
  • The fundamentals of running sound, EQ and other essential plug-ins

The event is coming up quick, so go here to learn more and register for the academy.