I am very proud to bring you this 5th anniversary issue of Halftime Magazine. In it, we look back at five years of marching arts coverage.
While many magazines don’t last past the first issue, we are still marching on—thanks to the many people who make Halftime Magazine possible. To celebrate this milestone, I would like to take a moment to express my appreciation.
First, a big thank you to our advertisers, especially those who believed in us from the very beginning. We could not continue bringing marching arts coverage to the masses without you.
We’ve also been fortunate to become partners with many leading marching arts organizations, including Drum Corps International, Music for All, WGI Sport of the Arts, Drum Corps Associates, USBands, Tournament of Bands, Mid-States Band Association, Marching Band Open Series, Youth in Music, Southeastern Washington Cavalcade of Bands and Marching Roundtable.
I would also like to thank all of our contributors, including assistant editor Elizabeth Geli, fitness columnist Haley Greenwald-Gonella, crossword extraordinaire Matt Jones, editorial interns Jeremy Chen and Lydia Ness, as well as other interns, freelancers and Behind the Baton writers. We are especially thankful for our esteemed sectionals columnists (past and present). These writers have given up valuable hours of time in the midst of their busy performance tours, university teaching positions and/or clinician schedules, and many readers have expressed appreciation for their lessons.
Designer Jana Rade deserves recognition because visual layout is a big reason for Halftime Magazine’s success. Countless people have told me that they love the look of the magazine.
A special shout-out goes to Ken Martinson, founder of Marching.com. Though some may think that we are competitors, we’ve actually become great collaborators. Ken has provided a vast majority of our Drum Corps International and Music for All images and written several articles. I’m happy to say that Ken has also become a great friend.
And, of course, a lot of thanks go to our readers. Without you, we wouldn’t exist. We appreciate all the comments, letters and face-to-face interactions. But mostly, we’re excited to know that we have helped you perform better and learn from each other.
Last but not least, thank you to my family members who jumped on my bandwagon and cheered me on. Help us celebrate Halftime Magazine’s anniversary by stopping by our booth at the 2012 Drum Corps International World Championships. You could win some fun musical prizes.
We look forward to many more years of publishing Halftime Magazine.
Keep On Marching,
Christine Ngeo Katzman
Publisher and Editor-in-Chief