Chops Inc

A nonprofit organization

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Chops, Inc. is a non-profit organization supporting music education and the performing arts in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area.

For 28 years, we've taught thousands of people to drum, play horn, dance, and perform, and we are seeking your help to continue our mission!

Founded in 1991 as Chopstix Percussion, a dynamic and energetic parade drumline, Chops has grown to include:

Chops Drum & Bugle Corps

  • Award-winning summer drum corps
  • All ages and all skill-levels welcome
  • Local competitive performances
  • Fun community festivals and parades
  • DCI SoundSport Finals performance

Chops Percussion Indoor

  • Winter indoor percussion line November–April
  • Youth and young adults ages 15-22
  • Compete locally with the Minnesota Percussion Association

Chops Winterguard

  • Winter indoor color guard December–April
  • All ages welcome
  • Compete locally within the Northstar Circuit

Pan-handlers Steel Drum Band &
Steel Drum Education Outreach

  • 16-piece steel pan ensemble
  • Lively performances at community festivals and parades
  • No-cost educational outreach progam provides students at local schools with hands-on musical experiences

Chops, Inc. provides music education and performance opportunities for people of all ages. From our steel drum education outreach program in local K-12 schools, to our winter programs that serve high schools and college-aged students, to our summer drum & bugle corps which has no age limit, young or old. Being all-age means that we have mentors performing alongside our young members, a dynamic that lends to us being one big marching family.

We're proud to be able to provide a music experience for those students whose schools have had to cut performing arts and marching band, or offer continuing music education during students' summers and even beyond college. 

We also pride ourselves on being an entertainment mainstay in local civic events. Chances are you've seen us in local parades with our signature Hawaiian shirts and red high-tops, or perhaps at a field show for our competitive corps, or a stage show for our steel drum band. We're always happy to connect with our fellow Minnesotans and Wisconsinites and share our passion for music with all.

We're participating in Give to the Max so we can continue our mission of providing a high-quality experiences for our members and our audiences. Every little bit goes a long way in keeping music an important part of our lives, whether you're coming to pick up a horn for us or you're just enjoying the local 4th of July parade!

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Chops Inc

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Arts & Culture Community


PO Box 16701
Minneapolis, MN 55416



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