Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps

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Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps
Impulse logo.png
LocationBuena Park, California
DivisionOpen Class
DirectorAaron Zeilinger
Championship titles2006 (Division III)

The Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps is an Open Class 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.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

Impulse was founded in Anaheim in 1998 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.[2]

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 Canada–US 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).[3]

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 remained in California, marching a season of only two to three weeks, until their return to national competition in 2016.

Show summary (1999–2022)[edit | edit source]


Gold background indicates DCI Championship; pale blue background indicates DCI Class Finalist; pale green background indicates DCI semifinalist.

Year Theme Repertoire Score DCI Placement
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
Did not attend
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
Did not attend
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
82.150 9th Div.II
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
81.050 12th Div.II
2003 Pure Imagination -
Musical Journey through
Wonka Favorites
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
84.800 8th Div.II
2004 Cartoon Cartoon by Paul Hart / Powerhouse by Raymond Scott 90.325
6th Div.II
6th Div. II/III
2005 The Impulsables Glory Days, Off to Work, 1000 Mile Dash, and the Incredits
All from The Incredibles by Michael Giacchino
6th Div.II
6th Div.II/III
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 The Game Three Worlds by John Meehan 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
Did not attend
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
Did not attend
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
Did not attend
2012 Overture! American Overture by Joseph Willcox Jenkins / Cuban Overture by George Gershwin /
1712 Overture by P. D. Q. Bach (Peter Schickele)
Did not attend
2013 Crystal Celebration Outdoor Overture by Aaron Copland / Powerhouse by Raymond Scott /
Dance of the Hours (from La Gioconda) by Amilcare Ponchielli
Did not attend
2014 Dusk to Dawn Symphony Number 5 / Moonlight Sonata / Ode to Joy from Symphony Number 9 /
All by Ludwig van Beethoven
Did not attend
2015 Interpolation Anna's Theme, The Monastery, Gregorian Chant, The Gypsies
All from The Red Violin by John Corigliano
Did not attend
2016 Music is ___ Beautiful Dreamer by Stephen Collins Foster /
Symphony 25 in G minor (K-183)- Allegro con brio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart /
Firebird Suite by Igor Stravinsky / Great Gate of Kiev by Modest Mussorgsky
14th Open Class
36th World Class
2017 In the Beginning Also Sprach Zarathustra by Richard Strauss / Rite Of Spring by Igor Stravinsky /
Adagio (from Spartacus) by Aram Khachaturian /
Piano Concerto No. 2 by Poul Ruders / Ritual Fire Dance by Manuel de Falla
15th Open Class
38th World Class
2018 Time After Time Primacy of Number by Philip Glass / Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper and Rob Hyman /
Time Is Running Out by Matt Bellamy, Chris Wolstenholme, Dominic Howard (Muse)
Did not attend
2019 The Greatest Hero Incredits 2 (from Incredibles 2) & Homecoming Suite (from Spiderman) by Michael Giacchino Did not attend
2020 Season cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2021 Opted out of competition for the season
2022 Anew Featuring music from Hamilton, The Jetsons, Assassin's Creed, and A New World Symphony

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Corps". Drum Corps International. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  2. - The Drum Corps Repertoire Database
  3. [email protected] - Historical Drum Corps Score Archives
  4. "Impulse". DCX: The Drum Corps Xperience. Retrieved 5 March 2018.

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