We're serious about putting on a good show,
but we like to have fun while we do it!
Music shouldn't have an age limit;
that's why we open our doors to all.
Started on a woodwind, and want
to play brass or percussion?
We have skilled mentors that can teach you!
work & Play
You have a life. So do we.
We keep our rehearsal schedule
reasonable so you can balance
school, work, and family, too.
Who says you can't have it all?
The new normal
We are excited to announce a 2021 Summer Marching Season; here's what we're doing to make it safe:
Chops, Inc. is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all of our staff, members, and their respective households. To ensure we have a safe and healthy summer season, we have developed a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan in response to the pandemic. Our goal is to mitigate the potential for transmission of COVID-19 during the practices and events of the summer marching season, and that requires full cooperation from everyone involved.
Our COVID-19 Preparedness Plan is based on the guidelines and recommendations of the CDC, the MDE, the MDH, the MSHSL, and OSHA. We at Chops, Inc. will continue to update and adjust our plan and responses according to all guidelines and restrictions set forth by the various agencies tasked with addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, and will communicate any changes to members and member households.
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Do you love music? We do!
Chops Inc. is an award-winning, independent performing arts organization based in Minneapolis/St. Paul. We are best known for our all-age drum and bugle corps that competes nationally with Drum Corps International (DCI). With a dedicated world-class staff and talented mentors, we are here to provide our members with an enriching and rewarding experience.
What makes us different?
Chops is best described as a family; we are united by our shared passion and commitment to music artistry.
We offer opportunities for all those who are passionate about music to perform. We even provide mentorships and learning opportunities for members who may have started their music career on one instrument, but wish to march with us as a brass or percussion player, or even with the colorguard.
Chops' moderate rehearsal schedule makes it easy for members to still enjoy performing while balancing school or work.
Interested in joining Chops as a musician or colorguard?
Let us know you want to help, and we'll let you know when and where!
Want to come to a Chops board meeting and see what happens behind the scenes?
Leave us a voicemail and we'll call you back ASAP.
STANDING IN SOLIDARITY
WITH PLYMOUTH MIDDLE SCHOOL
Chops’ members and instructors have rehearsed at Plymouth Middle School and other Robbinsdale School District locations for years. We have come to know and love these spaces and the wonderful staff and students who inhabit them.
On April 26th, 2021, the entire Robbinsdale Schools community experienced the shock and trauma of a shooting incident at Plymouth Middle. While we are grateful that no one was injured, our hearts go out to the families, students and staff of Plymouth Middle. Your community is part of Chops - as one of our staff put it, “It feels like our own home has been hurt.” Our thoughts and prayers are with Plymouth Middle School during this difficult time.
IF YOU ARE IN A POSITION TO HELP SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS IN AID OF THE COMMUNITIES DIRECTLY AFFECTED BY THE CURRENT EVENTS, OR THAT ARE WORKING TO CREATE A PERMANENT CHANGE, BOTH HERE IN THE TWIN CITIES AND BEYOND, PLEASE CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING: