Everything’s Coming Up Roses

Photos by Ben Chua, Christine Ngeo Katzman and Eric Sullano

Every New Year’s day, two top-ranked college football teams square off in “The Grandaddy of Them All.” The Rose Bowl earned that nickname as the first national post-season collegiate football game. Now, more than a century later, the Rose Bowl is still one of the most prestigious sporting events. This esteem extends not only to the football teams but also to the marching bands. With its nationally televised six-mile parade and guaranteed on-air coverage of the halftime performances, the Tournament of Roses festivities honor participating bands more than any other bowl game.

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About the author

Christine Ngeo Katzman

Christine Ngeo Katzman is founder and chief executive officer of Muse Media, LLC, creator of books, magazines, and additional content highlighting performing arts and youth activities. Magazine assets include Halftime Magazine for marching arts participants and fans as well as Yamaha SupportED Magazine for K through 12 music educators. Previously, she was a writer and editor at Crain Communications and Imagination Publishing and a marketing manager at Chatsworth Products, Inc. Christine also worked for Yamaha Band and Orchestral Division. As a child, Christine learned five instruments, with flute being primary. She marched in the Northwestern University Marching Band, including the 1996 Rose Bowl and 1997 Citrus Bowl. Christine graduated cum laude from Northwestern University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1997 and earned an MBA with honors from the University of Southern California in 2007.

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