“Rah-Rah” to College Bands

Photo courtesy of the University of Hawaii Rainbow Marching Band

Happy New Year! Hope you had a wonderful holiday season with family and friends. Having just moved from California to Ohio, we are experiencing winter for the first time in 12 years. Our kids have built snow forts and a snowman, gone sledding and even enjoyed the wonder of a white Christmas.

For me, however, visions of Pasadena danced in my head. I missed the excitement in the air, the colorful street banners and the thousands of tourists donned in their favorite collegiate sweatshirts during the week leading up to the Tournament of Roses Parade and Rose Bowl Game.

Although I personally missed being in the Rose Parade grandstands this year, Halftime Magazine was there to cover it all—from the new high school participants to the lucky college bands. To relive the magic, check out “The Granddaddy of Them All,” our 4th annual Tournament of Roses photo coverage.

Halftime Magazine also had the chance to catch up with all of the other eight BCS Bowl bands. The lineup presented some surprises and some old favorites. “Bowl-A-Rama” covers all the highlights, from Stanford’s controversial lack of controversy to the University of Connecticut’s debut to Ohio State’s typical high-class performance.

Finally, as this issue commemorates college bands, we wanted to take a moment to acknowledge a non-BCS band that made the headlines last month in, of all places, The Huffington Post, an Internet newspaper usually known for its political commentary. On Dec. 17, The Huffington Post linked to a video of the University of Hawaii Rainbow Marching Band’s season opener performance, which featured a stick figure kicking a football into the end zone for a field goal.

The clip was taken from the University of Hawaii halftime performance on Sept. 2, 2010. The show, “Rah-Rah,” also included “Hawaii 5-0” and “This is the Moment” from “Jekyll & Hyde.” “Being the season opener, we wanted to energize the excitement and spirit of the football game and thought that this animation would be a great way to represent that idea,” says Keith Higaki, Hawaii’s director of marching bands.

And so I say, “Rah-Rah” to you, University of Hawaii, and to all the collegiate bands. Watching your spirit and enthusiasm this season leaves a warm place in my heart. Until next year …

Musically Yours,
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.