Chops alumni needs our prayers

Thursday, November 6, 2014

We received the news this morning that Matt Conlin, an alumni of our administrative team and the man who started our charitable gambling operation, has been admitted to a Chicago hospital and is in critical care. Our hearts go out to the Conlin family in this time of trial, as they are a big part of the Chops family as well, and we ask that the drum corps community at large keeps Matt in your prayers.

2014 Awards Banquet

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Chops will hold its annual awards banquet today (November 1, 2014) at Flahertys Arden Bowl in Arden Hills, MN.


Flahertys Arden Bowl
1273 West County Road East
Arden Hills, Minnesota 55112

6:00pm - Social Hour
7:00pm - Dinner
8:00pm - Awards Program
10:00pm - Bowling


  1. Take I-694 East or West to Arden Hills
  2. Take exit 43A for Lexington Ave
  3. Go South on Lexington Ave N
  4. Turn right onto County Rd E
  5. Take the 2nd right onto Connelly Ave
    Flahertys will be on the right
Flahertys Aren Bowl Google Map

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