...grew up in the Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles. In the 60's, he started playing the Bass Guitar at the age of 15 in a band with his brother Rudy. Dennis says, "I remember going to the Battle of the Bands at East Los Angeles College and listen to band greats such as Cold Duck, The Emeralds, etc..."
In the early 70's, he hooked up with Steve Medrano and Steve Franco and formed a 3 man Power Trio called WEST WINDS. Occasionally, Ray Hernandez, who later played with BB Chung King, filled in with the band.
In the 80's Dennis joined a group called TRANSITION where the drummer then was (The Impulse Band's own) Ray Rivera. Later, after playing with the group LUGAR, he joined a band called BAUTISTA and played with them for 4 years. In 1998, Dennis was honored to play with BAUTISTA in Hawaii at the Jazz Festival.
Dennis says, "I am having a very good time playing with THE IMPULSE BAND. It's been a fun ride!"
...grew up in South Central Los Angeles and started playing music in 1975. Mike toured Alberta, Canada in 1980 with a group called BREAKING POINT.
Mike was inspired to play music by two of his good friends, Danny Ayala and Sal Maldanado who both played with a group call "LOS ANGELES". He also played with "FRENZ AND STRANGERS" among others.
Mike says, "I am now settled with The Impulse Band and not only consider my bandmates as friends, I consider them my musical family. Its been a joy ride ever since".
| Sonya Padilla...|
Sonya was born into an artistic family; both her parents met in the theatre where her father wrote, directed & acted in plays while her mother was a comedic style actress. Sonya performed on stage for the first time at the tender age of 6 at the Los Angeles SHRINE AUDITORIUM & OLYMPIC AUDITORIUM in the 80’s and sang/ acted in various plays.
At the age of 16, she joined her first professional Top 40’s band and since then, has performed with many bands here in L.A., Mexico City & even a small gig in Nurnberg, Germany. She has won a couple of karaoke contests in the L.A. area and was even on TV twice. She was also involved in musical theatre for a couple of years where she got to play lead parts such as The Witch in “Into The Woods”. Sonya is now very happy to be performing with THE IMPULSE BAND and looks forward to seeing you at their fun gigs!!
...is a native of East Los Angeles whose childhood exposure to music stemmed from relentless airplay of Pop radio and television programs like Dick Clark's American Bandstand and by the early British Rock Invasion of the 60's. In his early teens, Ray attended many rock concerts performed by such bands as THE WHO and LED ZEPPLIN. As a high school Senior, Art received his first electric guitar, a Gibson ES 335, and along with several musical friends, began performing and many local parties and high school functions.
One of his early encounters included David Hidalgo of LOS LOBOS who Art attributes to being one of the most influential. Other bands Art has had the pleasure of playing with are BODY HEAT, THEE MIDNIGHTERS, CALDERON, FRANKIE M, THE BLAZERS and RIO.
...originates from Downey, California and is the newest member of THE IMPULSE BAND. As a self taught Timbales player, she began her music entertaining with MILESTONE BAND. With this association, Lynda used the experience to learn all styles of music, developing her own style of play and musicianship as a result.
As a back up vocalist, Lynda has been inspired by such music greats as Carole King, Madonna and Jennifer Lopez.
She has discovered the inner beauty of love, music, family and friends through her music and invites you to come out and enjoy the sounds of THE IMPULSE BAND.
...has been pl;aying drums since he was in high school. He's been in several bands; some rock and some dance bands. Ray has experimented with all types of music and with different talented musicians and now has his own technique, establishing himself as a versatile drummer.
Ray's influence was his father who was a big band musician who sang and played the guitar back in the 50's and 60's. His favorite drummers were John Bonham with LED ZEPPELIN and jazz musician Buddy Rich.
Ray's first band was with a group called ARSON. His first real working band was with TRANSITION. Later, THE IMPULSE BAND was established with Bassman Dennis Ulibarri, and they continue to play their mixed style of music to this day. His goal with this band is to keep the people happy and dancing.
Playing music has always been my main passion. Starting very young I was given a guitar and started to play then I was given a keyboard that was really a toy but I treated it like it was real. By the time I was in middle school I was playing with friends at parties and school dances and by high school I decided to never stop. I am lucky to say I have shared the stage with all the major bands we see today and even the pros from Tower of Power, War and so many more.
I was born with a guitar in my hands and played for years but now I play the keyboards and I love them. I have played with many different bands, some very good and some not so good but now I am proud to say I am part of The Impulse Band and plan to stay for a very long time. The core of the band is and is just like a family to me and it has not been this fun in a long time.