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 seeks Recruiting Coordinator

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Chops, Inc. is hiring a Recruiting Coordinator for our drum & bugle corps. We are an established 501(c)3 organization based in the Twin Cities with nearly 25 years of performance and entertainment. This year we have returned to the field with a full show for the first time since 2008, and next year we are planning to have a full competitive season concluding with performing at the Drum Corps Associates World Championship in Rochester, NY.

We are looking for a motivated drum corps enthusiast to coordinate the recruiting and retention of marching members. We offer a dedicated administrative team and instructional staff to assist. This year we have tripled our membership from the previous year, and we need an effective, proven salesperson to continue this momentum. This is a part-time position with a base pay plus incentives.

A full job description can be found here:

Please send a resume and cover letter to:
Scott Kolman-Keen
Corps Director

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