Halftime Magazine®, which premiered in July 2007, is the only lifestyle publication that presents the sights, sounds and spirit of the marching arts in a highly visual format. Our mission involves education, entertainment and inspiration for our readers—marching instructors, students, parents, alumni and fans. This bimonthly print magazine showcases marching participants’ shared experiences about competitions, school spirit and band traditions with profiles, first-person accounts and thought-provoking feature stories. The publication also provides tips to enhance students’ musical and marching skills as well as connects the band community through news, events calendars and product reviews. Covers high school marching band, college marching band, drum corps, winter guard, indoor drumline and all-age ensembles.
About the Founder
Christine Ngeo Katzman, CEO and Publisher
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.
About the Assistant Editor
Elizabeth Geli is the assistant editor of Halftime Magazine and a journalist/communications professional in Southern California. Her 11 years at the University of Southern California (USC) Trojan Marching Band included time as a flute player, graduate teaching assistant, and student advocate. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Print Journalism and master’s degree in Specialized Journalism (The Arts) from USC.
About the Staff Writers
Lane Armey is the battery percussion coordinator for Homestead High School in Cupertino, Calif. In the past, he has worked with various groups including Northwestern University and the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps.
Chris Dillon has been involved in marching arts activity since 1981 as a performer, instructor, designer and adjudicator. Currently, she is an adjudicator for Drum Corps International, WGI Sports of the Arts, Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association, Winter Guard Association of Southern California (WGASC), Florida Federation of Colorguards Circuit, Indiana High School Color Guard Association, Texas Color Guard Circuit, and several others. She held the position of education coordinator for the WGASC for the past eight years.
Mary Karen Clardy
Mary Karen Clardy, professor of flute at the University of North Texas in Denton, appears as a soloist, chamber artist and teacher throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia and South America. A renowned author, she has published more than 10 books from European American Music, Leduc, Schott and Universal Edition. Her students are consistent prizewinners in international competitions and occupy prominent orchestral and faculty positions throughout the world. Visit www.mkclardy.com.
Jeff Coffin is a three-time Grammy Award winning saxophonist, composer, educator and author (Dave Matthews Band, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, the Mu’tet). As a Yamaha and D’Addario Performing Artist and Clinician, Jeff has presented more than 300 clinics worldwide. Jeff recently published a saxophone methods book series called “The Saxophone Book” and previously co-wrote “The Articulate Jazz Musician” with Caleb Chapman. Visit jeffcoffin.com and earuprecords.com for more information.
Elaine Morgan Cutting
Elaine Morgan Cutting is a recent alumnus from the University of California, Irvine (UCI), where she received a double degree in literary journalism and English. Starting flute in 7th grade, Elaine was involved in an award-winning high school wind symphony and played with the UCI Pep Band. Elaine interned in wind instrument marketing at Yamaha Corporation of America. She is now freelancing and happily mixing two of her favorite passions: writing and music.
Frank DiMaria is a middle school computer teacher and a freelance writer currently residing in Fort Mill, South Carolina. On weekends he plays guitar for a progressive funk band called McGroover. His daughter, Briana, marched clarinet for the Fort Mill High School band, winning two state championships and a Bands of America regional. Frank worked pit crew for four seasons with Fort Mill.
After dancing since the age of three, Haley Greenwald-Gonella thought it was time to try a new art. In elementary school, she began playing the flute and was in the marching band in middle school and for the first two years of high school. She also played the bassoon during concert season. Dance drew Haley back while in high school.
She graduated from the University of California, Irvine, with degrees in dance and English. She has her master’s degree in Specialized Journalism (The Arts) from the University of Southern California.
Haley is also a certified registered yoga teacher (200 RYT) with Yoga Alliance. She draws upon her dance and yoga training when it comes to all things fitness and the arts. In addition, Haley is a senior producer focusing on innovation in the beauty sector.
Stacy N. Hackett is an award-winning freelance writer and technical editor based in Southern California. She writes frequently about software, marching bands, and the pet industry. Stacy is the proud mom of a sousaphone player in the Oregon State University Marching Band, and she has experience on the field as a former bells player with the Los Alamitos High School marching band.
Matt Jones is a 1998 graduate of Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, where he majored in music education. Since 1994, he has also written crosswords for venues such as The New York Times, Games Magazine and Stagebill. He currently writes a syndicated weekly puzzle for more than 50 alternative newspapers across the country.
Savy Leiser is a Chicago-based author, journalist, and freelance editor. In addition to writing for Halftime Magazine, she is the author of the “Furever Home Friends” children’s book series. Savy graduated in 2015 from Northwestern University, where she was a member of the Wildcat Marching Band. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Writing and Publishing at DePaul University.
Emily Moneymaker is a graduate from the University of Southern California (USC) where she received a Bachelor of Science in Policy, Planning and Development and a minor in marketing. She has played trumpet for more than 12 years. She marched in the USC Trojan Marching Band and served as the organization’s recruitment manager.
Liz Neidich is a freelance writer for Halftime Magazine. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati (UC) in 2015 with a B.A. in creative writing, a B.A. in communications, and a certificate in journalism. She marched trumpet for five years in the Kenston High School Marching Band in Bainbridge, Ohio, and for three years in the UC Bearcat Marching Band. Liz currently serves as an Americorps VISTA on the communications and events team at CityLink Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Katie Rose Quandt
Katie Rose Quandt is a freelance reporter in Brooklyn, New York. She has written for Slate, Mother Jones, Brooklyn Magazine, and the Village Voice, among others. She played saxophone in the University of Notre Dame Marching Band, where she was section leader.
Nicole Roberts is the city hall reporter for the News Tribune in Jefferson City, Missouri. She graduated from Missouri State University with a degree in print/internet journalism and a minor in psychology. While attending MSU, she was the editor-in-chief of The Standard, MSU’s student-produced newspaper. Nicole has been playing clarinet for more than 10 years. She marched in the Missouri State Pride Band and in her high school’s marching band..
Jazz trumpeter Chase Sanborn is a Yamaha Artist and an assistant professor of jazz at the University of Toronto. Chase is the author of a series of educational books and videos on playing music. His most recent is “The Brass Tactics 6/60 Routine”. Visit Chase on the web at chasesanborn.com. Also visit uoftjazz.ca.
Jim Snyder is a clarinetist from Orlando, Fla. Though primarily known as a jazz musician, his extensive career has put him in every musical place you’d expect to hear a clarinet—and in some you wouldn’t! Jim played for many years in New Orleans with trumpet virtuoso Al Hirt and is currently a staff musician at Walt Disney World. A Yamaha Performing Artist, he travels the United States as a soloist and clinician. Visit his website at www.theclarinetguy.com.
Samuel Sweetnam recently graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) with a degree in mechanical engineering. He played trumpet as a member of the USC Trojan Marching Band. He had also played trumpet for three years in the Palos Verdes Peninsula High School Marching Band in Rolling Hills Estates, Calif., and became a drum major in his senior year.
Killian Weston is a color guard instructor in the metro-Detroit area with 13 years of performance and instructional experience. She is the current guard instructor for Avondale High School and the unit director for Terpsichore Winterguard. She has a master’s degree in library and information science and splits her time between two library positions.