Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps
Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps logo
|Location||Buena Park, California|
|Championship titles||2006 (Division III)|
|Uniform||Black short-sleeve jacket
w/yellow yoke, collar, left sleeve
& upper left 1/3 of front
w/stylized black exclamation point
Black shoes and socks
Black baseball cap
w/stylized yellow exclamation point
The Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps is an Open Class (formerly Divisions II & III) competitive junior drum and bugle corps. Based in Buena Park, California, Impulse performs in Drum Corps International (DCI) competitions. Impulse was the 2006 DCI Division III World Champion.
Impulse was founded in Anaheim in 1999 with the intent of recapturing the playful, off-beat attitude of such recently departed corps as the Bridgemen and Anaheim's own Velvet Knights. In that vein, the corps adopted a stylized exclamation point as its logo and dressed in bright yellow and black uniforms.
During its inaugural season, Impulse competed only within California. In its second season, the corps traveled to the Pacific Northwest and as far east as Wyoming and Colorado.. In 2001, the corps toured into Illinois, Michigan, across the Canadian border to Ontario, and to its first DCI Division II World Championship prelims at Buffalo, New York, placing 9th of 12 corps.
For the next few seasons, Impulse became a regular visitor to the eastern half of the U.S., attending the Division II Championships at Madison, Wisconsin in 2002 (12th), Orlando, Florida in 2003 (8th), Denver, Colorado in 2004 (6th), and Brockton, Massachusetts in 2005 (6th).
In 2006, the corps, having fewer than 60 members. moved to Division III and won the DCI Division III World Championship at Madison. When, the following year, DCI held its championships in Impulse's home state, the corps not only did not recover its former size, but its performance was not up to the previous years standard, and the defending Division III Champion dropped to a 6th place finish at Pasadena.
Since finishing 18th of 23 corps in the new Open Class at Bloomington, Indiana in 2008, Impulse has remained in California, marching a season of only two to three weeks, while making it known that the corps' intent is to return to national competition.
The Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps is sponsored by the Impulse Youth Arts Organization, a 501 (c)(3) musical organization that has a Board of Directors, corps director, and staff assigned to carry out the organization's mission. Michael "Mike" Lopez is the President, Executive Director, and corps director .
|1999||Kool Vibes||The Contender by Bill Ungerman, Daniel Glass, Eddie Nichols, and Mick Farren (Royal Crown Revue) /
Good Vibrations by Brian Wilson and Mike Love /
I Want You Back by Berry Gordy, Freddie Perren, Alphonzo Mizell, and Deke Richards /
I'll Be There by Berry Gordy, Bob West, Hal Davis, and Willie Hutch
|2000||Music 101||I've Got the Music in Me by Bias Boshell / Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring by Johann Sebastian Bach /
Too Much Time on My Hands by Tommy Shaw / Help by Lennon–McCartney /
Dragnet Theme (Danger Ahead and Dragnet March) by Miklós Rózsa and Walter Schumann /
Rockin' the Paradise by Dennis DeYoung, Tommy Shaw, and James "J.Y." Young
|2001||Island Extravaganza||Bali Hai (from South Pacific) by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II /
Hawaiian Wedding Song by Charles E. King / Hawaiian War Chat by Prince Leleiohoku
|2002||Hey Lucy! We're Home||Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo / Cuban Pete by Joseph "José" Norman /
Just Kidding by Michel Camilo / Theme (from I Love Lucy) by Eliot Daniel
|2003||Pure Imagination -
Musical Journey through
|Pure Imagination, Candy Man, I've got a Golden Ticket, Oompa Loompa, and Cheer Up Charlie
All from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley
|2004||Cartoon||Cartoon by Paul Hart / Powerhouse by Raymond Scott||89.050||6th Div.II|
|2005||The Impulsables||Glory Days, Off to Work, 1000 Mile Dash, and the Incredits
All from The Incredibles by Michael Giacchino
|2006||Me, Myself and I||Selections from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Danny Elfman||84.975||1st Div.III|
|2007||Shichi||Music from Final Fantasy by Nobuo Uematsu||78.850||6th Div.III|
|2008||Repertoire unavailable||77.300||18th Open Cl.|
|2009||A New American Classic||Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna Overture by Franz von Suppé /
Morning Mood (from the Peer Gynt Suite #1) by Edvard Grieg / Anvil Chorus (from Il Trovatore) by Giuseppe Verdi /
Dance of the Comedians (from The Bartered Bride) by Bedřich Smetana /
Blue Danube Waltz by Johann Strauss II / Poet and Peasant Overture by Franz von Suppé
|2010||United||America the Beautiful by Samuel A. Ward and Katharine Lee Bates / Beyond the Breaking Tides by Christian Earl /
Songs of Earth, Water, Fire and Sky by Robert W. Smith / Amber Waves by Morton Gould /
The Red Pony & Fanfare for the Common Man by Aaron Copland
|2011||Tribute||Third Symphony, Fourth Mvmt by Vittorio Giannini / Variations on a Korean Folk Song by John Barnes Chance /
Corral Nocturne & Hoe-Down (from Rodeo), The Red Pony & Fanfare for the Common Man by Aaron Copland
|2012||Overture!||American Overture by Joseph Willcox Jenkins / Cuban Overture by George Gershwin /
1712 Overture by P. D. Q. Bach (Peter Schickele)
|2013||Crystal Celebration||Outdoor Overture by Aaron Copland / Powerhouse by Raymond Scott /
Dance of the Hours (from La Gioconda) by Amilcare Ponchielli
|2014||Dusk to Dawn||Symphony Number 5 / Moonlight Sonata / Ode to Joy from Symphony Number 9 /
All by Ludwig van Beethoven
|2015||Interpolation||Anna's Theme, The Monastery, Gregorian Chant, The Gypsies
All from The Red Violin by John Corigliano