Marching Up the Hill

Marching up a hill.

The start of every year brings us a chance for a new beginning. This year is certainly no exception as we all hope for declining COVID-19 cases and look toward a new president and our first female vice president to bring about positive changes.

With Halftime Magazine, you will see many transformations but also many similarities to the past. Although this issue is completely digital, you’ll find the same type of stories and layout that you know and enjoy. With an electronic interactive format, we are excited to embed videos to supplement print content. You’ll find them in two of the three feature stories.

Many college bands ended 2020 or began 2021 without traveling to their football team’s bowl games. We take a look at how bowl organizers incorporated “Bands at the Bowls During COVID“. In addition, Halftime Magazine is proud to be a founding partner of the College Band Directors National Association Intercollegiate Marching Band, uniting nearly 1,500 nominated performers—not only in a virtual show for the College Football Playoff National Championship game but also in an ongoing community. We also recap the fall 2020 marching season, including the in-person Texas University Interscholastic League and Utah Music Educators Association marching champions.

For our “For Fun” department, we have changed out the crossword puzzle to bring you a dose of humor: the syndicated comic strip “Tales from Band Camp” and an excerpt from The Band Nerds Book Series. Because we all need a reason to laugh, and the marching arts can be pretty funny.

We are also building up our YouTube Channel with broadcast versions of our stories, band parodies, and videos shared by marching ensembles. If you or your marching group have videos to share, tag us with them on social media, and we may add them to one of our playlists. Subscribe to our YouTube channel, so you don’t miss any video content.

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As we all continue to experience uncertainties in the months ahead, look for ways to stay creative, make a positive impact, and put one step in front of the other.

Perhaps Amanda Gorman, the first National Youth Poet Laureate and the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history, said it best in her poem “The Hill We Climb”:

When day comes, we step out of the shade,
aflame and unafraid.
The new dawn blooms as we free it.
For there is always light,
if only we’re brave enough to see it,
if only we’re brave enough to be it.

Keep on Marching,
Christine Ngeo Katzman
Publisher and Editor-in-Chief

About 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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