We're serious about putting on a good show,

but we like to have fun while we do it!

all skills

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?


Did we mention our awesome

homemade rehearsal lunches? 'Nuf said.



2020 Summer season canceled

Due to the COVID-19 crisis,

both DCI & DCA have made the difficult decision to cancel their 2020 summer tours.

All Chops rehearsals are canceled until further notice.


We are saddened that the North Star Circuit and WGI seasons had to be cut short, and extend our condolences to all those who worked so hard on their winter show.

We are keeping a close eye on developments regarding social distancing, and hope to have performance opportunities this summer in parades, festivals, and other events as the situation eases. Stay tuned for updates as we get closer to summer!

Board meetings will continue to be held online via Google Meet. 

Stay safe, stay healthy, and keep practicing!

If you have any questions or concerns, reach out to Kathy Jackson or Matt Kilanowski.


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About us

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?

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