Are you Prepared?

Are you prepared?

“Carpe diem—seize the day!” This phrase and everything surrounding it in the 1989 movie “Dead Poets Society” played a big role in inspiring me to be a writer and to chase my dreams.

But to be able to seize the day, we need to be ready. In business school, our entrepreneurial professor told us, “Luck happens when opportunity meets preparation.”

To be prepared, we need to keep our eyes and ears open, stretch our minds to accept new ideas, and hone our talents and skills.

Musicians and other performers involved in the marching arts know the power of practice and the importance of repetition, so when opportunity comes knocking, they can open the door.

When the Super Bowl needed a guard group to spin glow-in-the-dark Air Blades during the halftime show, Cypress Independent answered the call. When Rome wanted a college band in its New Year’s Day Parade, the University of South Florida made it happen despite also needing to appear in a bowl game stateside. And when marching bands see a trend, they jump on board.

The feature “In the Social Media Craze” showcases bands that capitalized on viral movements to excite the crowd, pique the interest of recruits, and generate publicity—all while having fun. And the story “Hail to the Chief” highlights ready-and-willing ensembles that applied for and appeared in inaugural parades multiple times.

Even if something seems like a one in a million chance, like being able to march for a living (“Marching 9 to 5”), go for it, strive for greatness, and seize the day.

Musically Yours,
Christine Ngeo Katzman
Publisher & 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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