Welcoming Spring and Indoor Championships

Spring is just around the corner. Growing up on Long Island, N.Y., I always looked forward to one of the first signs of spring: yellow daffodils in my parents’ garden, oftentimes poking up through the last snow covering. I enjoyed looking at the yellow blooms, partly because their cup-shaped center reminded me of brass bells.

This year, spring couldn’t have come soon enough. The 2009-2010 season will be remembered as one of the coldest winters in history. Record lows swept the Eastern seaboard, with back-to-back blizzards in many parts of the United States. In mid-February, Mid-Atlantic cities such as Washington, Baltimore and Philadelphia received several feet of accumulation over several days, prompting President Barack Obama to coin the term “Snowmageddon.” According to an AOL News article on Feb. 10, “54.9 inches had fallen on the capital, burying a record for the snowiest winter since record-keeping began in 1888.”

Throughout the season, the snow wreaked havoc on marching competitions. WGI Sport of the Arts cancelled its Pittsburgh Regional and Raleigh color guard event while the US Scholastic Band competition cancelled its Upper Darby Indoor show. School closures and unsafe road conditions often led to cancelled rehearsals.

Despite these challenges, guard and percussion groups continued to work hard to perfect their programs in preparation for various circuit and national championships. Palmetto Percussion, which rarely experiences snow in South Carolina, even rehearsed outdoors in several inches of snow.

So to all the guard and percussion groups, we wish you luck through the rest of the season and look forward to cheering you on at championships.

Musically Yours,
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.