A Year of Change

The July/August 2008 issue marks the one-year anniversary of Halftime Magazine. We launched the publication on July 20, 2007—my birthday—at the Texas Bandmasters Association and the Drum Corps International regional in San Antonio. I couldn’t have asked for a better birthday present as we received a warm welcome at both events.

In one year, a lot has happened for the country, for the marching arts and in the personal lives of our staff.

Last June gas prices were still below $3, according to the Energy Information Administration, and we are now in the thick of the presidential race. Interestingly, both situations may have an impact on the marching arts although it’s too soon to know how they will play out.

One of our feature articles, “Corps Survival Skills,” page 30, touches upon the effect of the economy on this year’s drum corps tour. We also eagerly follow the growth of Indianapolis as the center for the music arts, page 24.

Our staff has also experienced personal growth this past year.

Janel Healy graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) with a degree in communication and minor in American studies. In addition, her a capella group, SoCal VoCals, placed first in the 2008 International Championship of Collegiate A Capella. Since graduation she has moved on to pursue a career at Nickelodeon.

Eddie Carden began his stint as drum major for the USC “Spirit of Troy” Trojan Marching Band. Look for him wearing the Trojan armor and wielding the 2.5-foot sword during USC pre-game and halftime shows.

Elizabeth Geli has taken on a leadership role as well, serving as USC’s band librarian.

As for me, I’ve had a lot of new experiences and met hundreds of new friends.

Halftime Magazine is fortunate to partner with some amazing people and organizations. They have welcomed us with open arms into this wonderful activity. To our partners and advisors, all we can say is: “Thanks!”

Finally, we want to thank you, our reader, for your support. You are the most important reason why Halftime Magazine exists. We believe that every band and every person has a story.

To continue giving you the marching coverage that you want, we need your help. If you are enjoying this copy of Halftime Magazine, we encourage you to subscribe, to renew and to tell your friends and colleagues. A full year of marching coverage is only $14.95. And with every subscription, you’re supporting the marching arts.

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading about the “sights, sounds and spirit of the marching arts.” We certainly have enjoyed our time with you.

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

Photo by Joshua Katzman.

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.