The Perfect Combination

Chops Percussion is an educational percussion company run by percussion educators, combined with the service and support of one of the nation's best school music dealers.

Full stocking dealer for:

  • Concert Percussion
  • Marching Percussion
  • Drum Set (educational)
  • World Percussion

The Perfect Team

Derek Felix (center) began his career at Chops Percussion after spending many years as a percussion educator in Indiana. He most recently handled all aspects of percussion in grades 6-12 at Concord Community Schools in northern Indiana. Derek is still an active musician, playing drums with his band, Void King, across the United States. Derek also toured Europe with Void King in October/November of 2017.

  • 11 years of percussion education/arranging experience
  • Staff member of 1 Indiana state marching band champion
  • Staff member of 2 WGI World Champions
  • Staff member of 4 Indiana Percussion Association State Champions
  • 20+ years of drum set performing/recording experience

Dustin Smith (right) joined the Chops Percussion team in 2017 after over a decade of being a percussion educator. Currently, he works with numerous Indiana ensembles serving as an arranger, designer, and educator. Dustin continues to be an active member in the marching arts and percussion society, fulfilling his passion for music education.

  • Bachelors of Arts in Music Education
  • DCI performing experience 
  • Over 10 years as a percussion educator 
  • Active arranger and designer
  • Staff member for numerous IPA State Finalists

Brian Travelsted (left) began his career at Chops Percussion after spending many years as a percussion educator and band director in both Florida and Indiana. He most recently served as the Percussion Director at West Broward High School in Pembroke Pines, FL.  Throughout his time as an educator he actively repaired equipment on all concert and marching percussion instruments.  Brian continues to arrange and consult with various groups throughout Florida in both the marching band and indoor seasons.

  • 19 years of percussion education/arranging experience
  • 8 years as a band director/assistant band director
  • Staff member/arranger of 2 Florida state marching band champions
  • Arranger/designer of 4 Florida FMBC marching band finalists
  • Staff member /arranger of numerous indoor (SFWGA/FFCC) medalist/finalist

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