Halftime Magazine Celebrates our 10th Anniversary

The year 2017 marks the 10th anniversary of Halftime Magazine. Time flies when you’re marching along in life.

As we’ve brought you the sights, sounds, and spirit of the marching arts, we’ve seen many changes in the activity—more customized expression with electronics use, drum wraps, costume changes, and bigger props; greater visibility by the general public into the band world due to social media; more opportunities for wind musicians to get involved with winter and summer marching activities; as well as increased oversight of student behavior. Throughout it all, we have not wavered in our mission to educate, entertain, and inspire you to grow your program and stretch your skills.

We are excited to celebrate this milestone anniversary with you in several different ways. You may have already noticed the overall redesign of the magazine. With subtle yet obvious changes, the magazine’s fresh look gives you bigger pictures and streamlined text. We will also be exploring a new tradeshow booth setup, so look for us at WGI Sport of the Arts, Drum Corps International, and Bands of America championship events. And finally, we will have some fun contests.

In this issue, we are proud to bring you our 10th annual Tournament of Roses photo spread. The Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game showcase bands in a very visible way. We add to the festivities by giving you a peek into the performers’ excitement and achievement each year.

We also cover Martin Luther King Jr. Day parades to highlight how communities and bands across the country celebrate diversity and King’s legacy of peaceful gatherings.

Our third feature article, “Following the Props,” gives you great ideas on how to reuse, recycle, and sell used equipment.

We hope you enjoy this issue and continue to read Halftime Magazine for many more years to come. As always, please contact us with your ideas, thoughts, and stories.

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

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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.