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 has played the flute since the age of 8. She marched in the Northwestern University Marching Band, including the 1996 Rose Bowl and 1997 Citrus Bowl. She graduated cum laude from Northwestern with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1997. Since then, she has worked in the publishing industry as a writer and editor and helped launch Play Music, a magazine for recreational musicians, sponsored by American Music Group (now Music and Arts Center). In the summer of 2006, Christine worked at Yamaha where she interacted with staff and students in various marching bands and drum corps. Christine earned her MBA with honors from the University of Southern California in May 2007.

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