Marching is More than Just the Music Played

Publisher letter for January-February 2018 Issue

Being in marching band opens up doors of opportunities: traveling, performing with celebrities, and making a difference.

As part of this year’s Rose Parade theme, “Making a Difference,” bands participated in BandCares events, performing at not-for-profit agencies such as hospitals, residential treatment homes, and Boys and Girls Clubs around Pasadena, California, in the weeks leading up to the main event. Some of the bands also presented donations to the organizations.

The Los Angeles Unified School District All District High School Honor Band, Air Academy High School Marching Band from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, Albertville (Alabama) High School Marching Band, and Homestead High School Marching Band from Cupertino, California, brought art and school supplies. The Santiago High School Bands of Santiago Sharks from Corona, California, gave away stuffed animals while the Londonderry (New Hampshire) High School Marching Band and Color Guard donated drumheads.

Because marching band members often represent their schools and/or communities, they also often act like dignitaries and have a great collective responsibility to serve as positive role models. Congratulations to these bands and many more not only on their fabulous performances but also on their service.

For more coverage on the Tournament of Roses, check out our 11th annual photo spread.

This issue also highlights newer bowl games, which allows even more marching bands to step into the limelight.

The magazine also features college and high school pep bands that support hockey teams at their schools. Performing at hockey games may seem less traditional but is equally appreciated.

As you reflect upon the past year and continue to set goals for 2018, we hope you will take time as individuals and as organizations to make a difference.

Musically Yours,
Christine Ngeo Katzman
Publisher and Editor-in-Chief

Note: In the November/December 2017 article titled “Banding Together Toward Recovery,” we incorrectly stated that Kingwood (Texas) High School near Houston was being demolished and rebuilt as a result of damage caused by Hurricane Harvey. Rather, large sections of the school are being deconstructed and rebuilt. The plan is that students will return to Kingwood on March 19 after the district’s spring break. We apologize for the error.

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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