Founded in 2010, Impulse Handbell Ensemble has been hailed by leaders in the world of music education as “bringing the WOW factor to handbell ringing” and having “such great attention to small details,” is an auditioned group of experienced teen ringers from central New Jersey. They often perform challenging repertoire, and tend to steal the show with their incredible rhythmic accuracy and physical coordination. In 2012, Impulse produced a video performance of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” with the help of BuzzFeed.com. The video went viral instantly, and gained the attention of The Huffington Post, NBC’s Today Show, and radio stations across the US and Canada. In 2013, the ensemble was featured on the cover of “Overtones” magazine, the official publication of the Handbell Musicians of America. In 2014, they were profiled by WHYY (PBS of Philadelphia) in a ten-minute segment for a weekly show called “Friday Arts.” In the summer of 2014, while on an eleven-day tour, Impulse played the opening concert at the Handbell Musicians of America National Seminar, an honor reserved for the nations top bell choirs. In 2015, they were a featured concert for both the Handbell Musicians of America Area 2’s (NJ, PA, NY, ONT) adult and youth festivals. Impulse regularly plays at events around Pennsylvania and New Jersey, including places like Laurita Winery and Rutgers, most recently for the university’s 250th Anniversary Celebration. Occasionally they play celebrity weddings. Impulse is sponsored by Malmark Bellcraftsmen.
- 6 octaves of Malmark handbells (C3-C9)
- B2, A#2, A2, G#2, G2, F2, Eb2,D2, and C2 Malmark “Basso Profundo” aluminum bass bells
- 5 octaves of Malmark Choirchimes (C3-C8)
- 2 sets of Malmark Cymbells (C6-C7, C7-C8)
- 1 Malmark “El Guapo” mahogany cajon
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