NEWS & EVENTS
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.
April 28th, 2021
NEW START DATE FOR 2021 WINTERGUARD
Dec. 16, 2020
Governor Walz's latest lockdown announcement states sports practices can resume beginning January 4, so we are moving our audition/rehearsal out one more week, to Saturday, January 9th.
WINTERGUARD AUDITIONS RESCHEDULED
Dec. 12, 2020
Due to the uncertainty surrounding whether or not Governor Walz will extend the pause that includes athletic activities, we have decided to move our CWG audition date to January 2nd. If there is an extension to the statewide restrictions past the first of the year, our audition date will be rescheduled and we will post updates.
WINTERGUARD AUDITIONS ANNOUNCED
Nov. 20, 2020
Announcing 2021 Winterguard Season Auditions!
CHOPS WELCOMES NEW INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
October 1, 2020
CHOPS Inc, an all-age music education and performance nonprofit based in Minneapolis, is pleased to announce its new Interim Executive Director, Megan O’Leary.
Megan brings a proven track record of organizational development in both nonprofit and for-profit sectors. Her career journey has given her a broad range of expertise, from fundraising and marketing communications to operations and finance.
“I am thrilled at this opportunity to work with Chops Inc’s dedicated staff and board to further their mission to educate people of all ages in the marching arts. In this time of economic uncertainty for arts organizations and public-school music programs, it’s more important than ever to promote the many societal benefits of music education and performance, from character development and self-discipline to leadership and teamwork.”
Megan was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota, and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a B.A. in Zoology and Spanish. She currently lives in St. Paul with her husband Josh, two children, a 95-pound mutt, an 8-pound tripod Pomeranian, and three backyard chickens. Megan enjoys playing guitar and singing with her son, accompanying her daughter’s trumpet pieces on piano, and being walked by her dogs.
Chops is excited to welcome Megan and her unparalleled talent to our family of programs bringing outstanding music education to the Twin Cities and surrounding communities. Please visit our website at www.chopsinc.org for her full biography and see the exceptional skills she brings to Chops.
STANDING IN SOLIDARITY
June 1, 2020
Chops Inc., and Chops Drum and Bugle Corps, strongly condemns the events surrounding the killing of George Floyd, and stands in solidarity with people of color — especially African Americans — as they protest against long-standing inequality and oppression. We strongly condemn any and all acts of racism, discrimination, and violence.
We vigorously stand behind our corps motto, "Be Yourself," and what it means in these times: that everyone should be free to live their lives, regardless of their race, skin color, ethnic background, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, or socio-economic status. We are committed to supporting this by maintaining an organization that is tolerant, diverse, and inclusive. This has not changed throughout our nearly 30-year-long history as a fixture in the marching arts community of Minnesota.
We choose to make this statement today because we firmly believe that we must always stand on the side of freedom and solidarity, and that we must stand with the African American community of the Twin Cities, of Minnesota, and of the United States. To fail to do so would be against the founding beliefs that guide our organization.
We strongly and unequivocally say that BLACK LIVES MATTER.
In Solidarity and Determination,
The Board of Chops Inc.
If you are in a position to help support organizations in the 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: