Chops, Inc. announces administrative changes

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Chops, Inc. has recently made a few amendments to our bylaws, and with that we are happy to announce some new and renewed roles amongst our leadership.

Congratulations to:
-Jessica Szafranski (Mogen), newly selected to be Board Chair
-Larisa Lichtenberg, who was selected to continue as Secretary
-Andrew Yaroch, joining the Board of Directors as a new member

And thanks to those retaining their roles:
-Matthew Kilanowski, CEO
-Sonya Beimert, CFO
-And our Board of Directors members at large: Jeff Mohr, Steve Sherman-Kalla, Scott Kolman-Keen, and Kevin Kimes

We thank our leadership for their tireless work to bring the corps back to the field in 2014 and look forward to a bigger and better season in 2015.

Rehearsal / East Bethel & Hopkins Parades: 7/19-7/20/2014

Saturday, July 19, 2014

This weekend we'll be rehearsing and performing in parades. Saturday we'll have rehearsal in East Bethel, MN and the drumline will perform in the East Bethel Parade.

Sunday we'll be rehearsing in Hopkins and the drumline and hornline will perform in the Hopkins Raspberry Festival Parade. If you're in the area come check us out!

July 19, 2014

8:00am - Call time
11:00am - East Bethel Booster Parade (#9)
6:00pm - Rehearsal ends

East Bethel Rehearsal Location:
Booster Park
22269 Palisade Street Northeast
East Bethel, MN 55005

East Bethel Parade Info:

July 20, 2014

9:45am - Call Time (Thermotech, Inc.)
10:30am - Rehearsal Downbeat
1:00pm - Parade Start - 5th Ave and Main St
2:00pm - Parade End
6:00pm - Rehearsal End

Hopkins Rehearsal Location:
Thermotech, Inc.
1215 1st Street North
Hopkins, MN 55343

Hopkins Parade Info:

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