System Blue Presents - CHOPS 2010


"CHOPS" National Percussive Arts Competition, a series of drumline contests, will launch its premiere event Saturday June 5th 2010 in Santa Clarita, California thanks to the generosity of its sponsorship team and the cooperation between The Concord Blue Devils' "System Blue" and the creative arts and entertainment firm, Aerial Experience Productions.  The Blue Devils have not only been an award winning drum corps, but a leading influence in musical education.  Their "system of excellence", better known as "System Blue", delivers quality products, live educational events and published materials to help develop the highest worldwide standards for band directors, teachers, staff, designers, performers and marching members.  AEP, since its inception, has been a leading influence in the integration of physical, visual and musical arts in to large scale, multi-dimensional presentations. Serving a wide ranging clientele from major PR firms and corporate enterprise to the television and film industry, Aerial Experience Productions is proud to partner with System Blue to offer this exciting opportunity for drummers across the country to display their talents, passion, individuality and creativity.

CHOPS declares, "the new age of percussive arts has arrived" as its multi-discipline, artistic drumming competition series begins.  Weighted to highlight expression and creative artistry within the bounds of the highly technical requirements of rudimental percussion, performers are rewarded for their artistic stylings and showered with cash prizes, armloads of give-aways and unique  opportunities to join AEP and BD on their creative journeys around the world.
This series of solo and small group drumline competitions will search for uniquely talented artists with extraordinary chops...seeking out America's Best Drummers!  The first rounds of competition, being held in Santa Clarita, CA, will feature solo snare drummers ages 13-21, solo snare drummers ages 22 and over and small group ensembles of all ages playing a combination of tenor and/or snare drums going head to head in elimination rounds to win thousands in cash prize money, custom instruments and an invitation to the 2010 National Finals. Events will include guest judged competition rounds, showcase  performances, educational clinics and celebrity Q&A. 

Confirmed guest judges for the launch event are

Sean Vega
Casey Brohard
Niko Jasniewicz. 

Our guest clinician will be Blue Devils Director of Percussion

Scott Johnson aka Scojo. 

Those interested in competing can register at  The event is

Saturday June 5, 2010
9:00 am to 5:00 pm -- open to the public
28310 Constellation Road
Santa Clarita, CA

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