Chops, Inc. is a non-profit organization supporting all-age performing arts programs in the Minneapolis, MN area.
Chops was founded in 1991 as Chopstix Percussion, a dynamic and energetic parade drumline, soon followed by the creation of TopChops Brass and HotChops Colorguard. These three talented groups combined to form Chops, Incorporated, a field performance organization whose memorable shows made them a favorite of crowds and judges alike, culminating in the 2005 Drum Corps Associates Class A Championship.
After a brief hiatus, Chops returned to the field in 2014 with a new mission: to lead the activity in providing life-changing educational experiences and performance opportunities to members of all ages. Chops has become a training ground for members and staff, and our alumni include instructors, performers, board members, volunteers, and fans of all kinds, all across the marching arts world. There is one corps where members and staff of all ages and all experience levels can come to learn the art of performance in an encouraging and supportive environment. We are Chops.
This Give to the Max day, we are raising money to replenish our marching scholarship fund. We utilize this to help members march Chops who may not be able to afford it, and then on to DCI groups in the future. We strongly believe in furthering the education of musicians, and have been provided the unique opportunity to provide a stepping stone to march among the elite marching ensembles in the world. Our goal is to raise $5000 this year. Any and all donations are much appreciated.