Jumpstart the Fall Season

Recently, my husband and I completed the P90X workout program, a collection of 12 DVDs including yoga, kenpo karate and weight training. In 90 days, he lost more than 30 pounds and went down three pant sizes. While my results have been a little less dramatic—I admit to skipping a workout every now and then and eating potato chips instead—the program nevertheless gave me more strength and trimmed down my fat. I couldn’t even do a real pushup before, and now I can do at least five. Exercising almost every night for the past 90 days has given both of us more energy to live our everyday lives and play with our two children.

More than ever, physical fitness has become an important component of the marching arts. Bands are incorporating gymnastics into their shows and even completing marathons (see “Marching a Marathon”). To ensure that students are capable of these endeavors, more bands than ever have implemented training programs that include stretching, abdominal work and weight lifting to prevent injuries, increase stamina and help with instrument carriage.

“On One Condition” provides advice from various fitness trainers and band directors about starting a physical conditioning program at your school. You’ll also find various fitness pointers in “Lose the Love Handles” and even in our “Sectionals” department.

Many bands have found physical conditioning important due to the new demands—including the need for agility and strength—placed on performers. From ballet-like movements to lifting objects and people in the air— dance choreography has moved beyond just guard members and involves all members on the field. “Visual Appeal” discusses how this trend has evolved and how to tackle improving visuals at your school.

Summertime is the perfect time to think about getting your body—and your chops—in shape. Just think: You have about 90 days to jumpstart your fall season. I’ve taken to heart one of the famous mottos from P90X and hope you do too: “Do your best, and forget the rest.”

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

About the author

Christine Ngeo Katzman

Christine Ngeo Katzman has played the flute since the age of 8. She marched in the Northwestern University Marching Band, including the 1996 Rose Bowl and 1997 Citrus Bowl. She graduated cum laude from Northwestern with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1997. Since then, she has worked in the publishing industry as a writer and editor and helped launch Play Music, a magazine for recreational musicians, sponsored by American Music Group (now Music and Arts Center). In the summer of 2006, Christine worked at Yamaha where she interacted with staff and students in various marching bands and drum corps. Christine earned her MBA with honors from the University of Southern California in May 2007.