In the Spotlight

If I were nominated for an Academy Award, I would walk the Red Carpet wearing a flowing red gown similar to the one Julia Roberts had in “Pretty Woman,” accessorized by the pearl necklace that my husband gave me for our wedding.

If a marching band showed up at the Oscars, what do you think its members would be wearing?
a. Their own uniform
b. Another band’s uniform
c. Costumes of characters from “Monsters University”
d. Only underwear

Though obviously a silly question, similar things have happened.

In fact, the Northwestern State University of Louisiana donned sweatshirts and caps from the University of Arizona (UA) when performing on behalf of UA at the 2013 AdvoCare V100 Bowl.

The Blue Devils (BD) Drum and Bugle Corps “paraded” into “Monsters University”—though not as Sully or Mike Wazowski—when it recorded parts of the soundtrack for the 2013 film. BD is just one of several marching ensembles that recently received this unique opportunity to be a part of the motion pictures.

Perhaps most crazy of all, members of the Temple University Marching Band filmed a scene in “The Wolf of Wall Street” with Leonardo DiCaprio while wearing only their underwear.

This issue pays homage to entertainment and showmanship with our feature article about bands in soundtracks as well as our cover story on the “Most Memorable Stunts in WGI.” We asked our readers which performances they have been awed by and received more than 30 different show nominations.

In closing, I would like to thank the Academy (just kidding), my readers, my fans, my advertisers and my husband for allowing us to make Halftime Magazine a part of your lives for the past eight years.

Yours Truly,
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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