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Rehearsal Update: Horns and Front Ensemble Only

Monday, April 7, 2014

The Thursday, April 10, 2014 rehearsal will only be for horns and the front ensemble.

The horns will practice at the Chops Center in Hopkins, MN and the Front Ensemble will rehearse at Harding High School in St. Paul MN.

There are still spots available and time to join for this season! If you have any interest please get in touch with us.

Front Ensemble Rehearsal
Thursday, April 10, 2014
6pm - 10pm

Harding High School (Front Ensemble)
1540 E 6th St
St. Paul, MN 55106

Directions to Harding High School

Harding Parking Notes:

  • Everyone should park on the north side of the school (6th St Lot).
  • Enter the school through door 8

Horn Rehearsal
Thursday, April 10, 2014
6:30pm - 10pm

Chops Center (Horns)
Powell Industrial Center
8000 Powell Road Suite 200
Hopkins, MN 55343

Directions to Chops Center

Chops, Inc. Returns to the Field in 2014!

Chops, Inc: Returning to the field in 2014

Chops, Inc. Drum and Bugle Corps is excited to announce our return to DCA competition in 2014! Our Open House and first rehearsal is 6 PM on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at Harding High School in St. Paul, Minnesota. Interested prospective members should visit This is a unique opportunity to meet our instructional staff, get acquainted with Chops technique and expectations, and begin a new tradition of excellence with the 2005 DCA Class A Champions and perennial fan favorites!

The Chops, Inc. Board of Directors has invested significant time, energy, and resources into a successful 2014 field competition season. This includes hiring new staff, purchasing new instruments, and working hard to guarantee the financial success of the corps for many years.

2014 Chops Inc. Design Team

The 2014 Program Coordinator is Sean Cunningham. Sean is the Director of Orange County Independent Percussion, a Winter Guard International Percussion Independent Open Class program and the reigning 2013 Silver Medalists. In addition, Sean has worked with The Velvet Knights and Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps.

Also joining Sean on the Chops, Inc. design team are Vince Stewart (Brass and Visual) and Peter Crawford (Percussion). Vince has served as the Program Coordinator for Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps for the last several years and has managed to develop the crowd-favorite Impulse shows we all know and love, while maintaining a competitive edge in the DCI community. Peter Graduated from Cal State Bakersfield with a Bachelor&8221;s Degree in Music Performance and Composition, is the owner of Crawford Music Productions and has been writing and arranging for Sean on several projects.

“We plan to develop the 2014 program to be competitive in the DCA community with just the right amount of demand and serve the Chops, Inc. style - quality entertainment with a touch of humor. We will serve the marching members by designing a show they will love to learn and perform, and - most importantly - give the DCA fans a highly entertaining show!” - Sean Cunningham

The Southern California-based design team is seeking local staff (Brass, Percussion, Guard, Visual) and support personnel from the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. If interested, please send resume and cover letter to

Chops, Inc., founded in 1991, is an all-age music & performance organization based in Minneapolis, MN.

Attention Chops Alumni!

We would like to keep in touch with all former members of Chops. If your contact information has changed please fill out the Alumni Information Form.

Mapex Marching Drums Majestic Field Percussion Sabian Cymbals Vic Firth Drumsicks and Mallets King Ultimate Marching Brass

Sponsored by:

Hopkins American Legion Post 320