It all began in early 1997 in the midst of musical madness created by Jewel, Hanson, the Spice Girls, and the many other great musicians of '97. Undoubtedly inspired by these artists, a group of University of Michigan Arts Chorale members got together to have some a cappella fun. After much debate and many poetry recitations, the group adopted the name, "Gimble in the Wabe" from Lewis Carroll's poem, Jabberwocky.
Gimble in the Wabe created a set of 14 songs, performing first at the U Club in April, 1998. Since then, the group name has been abbreviated to Gimble, and the group has evolved into the self-proclaimed quirkiest a cappella group on campus! Combining each member's distinct musical taste and personality, Gimble blends various genres and styles of music together in order to create a truly unique and diverse repertoire.
Each year, Gimblers unite to choose and arrange all of our own a cappella arrangements. In addition to hosting three concerts a year, Gimble can be seen frequently performing at various events around campus as well as around the country on their annual spring tour. Just after exams, Gimble travel the country seeing sights, workshopping with schools, singing in public places, and meeting many other a cappella groups from universities across the country.
As each of Gimble's group members hail from all over the country, they combine interests, musicality, culture, personality, as well as a shared zeal for singing. Members come from different majors, cultures, and musical backgrounds, and pride themselves in having fun while committing to their musical goals.
Going strong in it's 22nd year, Gimble A Cappella continues the tradition with a few fresh faces and a continued passion for a cappella music.