2012 is a milestone year in the marching arts as many organizations in the activity celebrate major anniversaries. In this issue, we applaud the achievements of WGI Sport of the Arts, Drum Corps International (DCI), the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band.
Here’s a quick quiz for all of you marching arts trivia buffs. Who introduced the percussion division to WGI? What corps did Dan Acheson march with in the very first DCI championship? What movie brought the Macy’s parade into the national limelight? And who is the commander of the U.S. Army Field Band?
You will find these answers as well as other historical tidbits in the article “Happy Anniversary, Sport of the Arts!” We also highlight the 10th anniversary of the Honda Battle of the Bands, the 30th season of The Second Time Arounders and those who participated in the 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor.
So join us in applauding these groups and their participants. Have fun with the parties. Then relive your memories by posting your stories on our Facebook page.
Halftime Magazine has also reached a milestone with its 5th anniversary this year. In 2007, we started with a vision of providing education, entertainment and inspiration to marching arts members throughout the country. With subscribers in almost every state, nearly 2,000 Facebook fans and partnerships with a variety of marching circuits, we’ve definitely come a long way in achieving our dream.
What has been your favorite article? What has been a lesson you have learned? What’s an idea you have implemented? Or what is an ensemble you have followed or joined because of Halftime Magazine? Please let us know via email, mail, Facebook or twitter how we have made a difference in your life or in your ensemble.
We’d also love to hear your thoughts on how to make the magazine even better.
As part of our anniversary year, we will be offering $1 copies of every back issue at our booth during WGI World Championships, DCI World Championships and Bands of America Grand Nationals. We will also be compiling sectionals booklets filled with five years of columns for winds, brass, guard and percussion.
Also, as an ongoing effort to make Halftime Magazine affordable to every marching arts member, group subscriptions will continue to be offered for $1 per person per year. Have your ensemble subscribe today!
Halftime Magazine continues to bring you insightful information and inspirational stories six times a year because every band, every corps, every guard and every drum line has a story.
Christine Ngeo Katzman
Founder, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief