With increased vaccinations, the United States is emerging from the shutdowns and restrictions that resulted from COVID-19. However, we all face ramifications from the past 16 months.
Halftime Magazine has experienced various setbacks, and we are making the difficult decision to cease publication of the Digital Edition. This issue will be the last for the foreseeable future. We will continue our website and have plans to create new types of content to support the activity and give readers valuable insight.
The existence of Halftime Magazine for the past 14 years has proven that fans thirst for information regarding the marching arts. Since our founding, we have seen numerous websites, podcasts, blogs, webinars, and YouTube channels pop up from independent sources as well as from ensembles and companies.
Through our articles and our support of the industry, we believe that Halftime Magazine has helped to unite various types of performing groups. Drum corps, indoor ensembles, college bands, high school bands, and community groups are all equally important components of the pageantry arts. We have seen them partner and perform together. We know that each type of group will continue to shine while helping others achieve their highest potential.
In this issue, we look back on 2021 group competitive winners/finalists from WGI Sport of the Arts and look forward to 2021 Drum Corps International shows. We also spotlight the Sacramento Mandarins, a corps with Chinese-American roots, as we stand in solidarity against Asian violence. We are also pleased to give you an excerpt from our latest book, “’90s Kids,” featuring characters involved with the marching arts in a young-adult, time-travel, LGBTQ+ romance novel.
In the meantime, we will continue our book publishing division as well as creative services. We also welcome partnerships to implement new business concepts. If you have a manuscript ready, have content-creation needs, or want our help in other ways, contact us.
To quote Ernie Harwell, a former sportscaster, “It’s time to say goodbye. But I think goodbyes are sad, and I’d much rather say hello. Hello to new adventures.”
So, keep on marching!
Christine Ngeo Katzman
Publisher and Editor-in-Chief