Chop Shop

What is Chop Shop?

Chop Shop is a winter workshop exclusively for Fort Zumwalt South Band members that focuses on building fundamentals through the performance of chamber ensemble literature. Students are provided with unique opportunities to work with professional musicians from the community in small group settings and masterclasses. In addition, middle school students are given the chance to work and perform alongside high school students in a fun and educational setting.

Who can participate?

Any woodwind and brass student from grades 7 through 12. This is not a required program, but students should strongly consider participating.

When and where are rehearsals?

Chop Shop is divided into two separate groups - woodwinds and brass. Both groups rehearse on five consecutive Saturdays in January and February at Fort Zumwalt South High School. Brass rehearses from 10:00am to 12:30pm, while woodwinds rehearse 1:00pm to 3:30pm. The workshop concludes with a final concert that all friends and family are encouraged to attend.

How much does it cost?

The cost to participate in all five Saturday workshops is $60/student. This covers the cost of sheet music and staff members. In addition, this fee covers a catered meal for all students before the final concert. If finances are an issue, please contact Mr. Ahlemeyer or Mr. McKeever.

Who leads the workshops?

Mr. Ahlemeyer oversees the brass portion of Chop Shop, while Mr. McKeever oversees the woodwinds. In addition, both the brass and woodwind Chop Shops each have three professional musicians on staff who lead small group sectionals and masterclasses. These staff members are experts who specialize on a specific instrument, such as flute, trumpet, and saxophone.

What do students need to bring?

All music and supplemental materials will be provided. Students need only to bring an instrument, a pencil, and an open mind!

Interested? Contact Mr. Ahlemeyer or Mr. McKeever.