Band director: Eric Hubbell (interim)

Name of high school: Central Crossing High School

Band’s official name: Central Crossing High School Marching Band

Band director(s):

• Eric Hubbell, interim director

• Jeff Blume, assistant director Jeff Blume

Field commander(s): C.J. Deerman, Lillie McFadden, Jordan Unger and Jessica Wise

Total number of band members, including color guard/flag corps: 200

Number of seniors, juniors, sophomores and freshmen: 40 seniors, 45 juniors, 55 sophomores and 60 freshmen

Date of first home halftime show: Aug. 31 vs. Beechcroft

Date of homecoming game: Oct. 12 vs. Westland

Theme of homecoming halftime show:

The band’s show typically will include a song that connects to the theme of "”homecoming.”

Marching band’s season theme if applicable:

The theme of Central Crossing’s show for the season is “Middle Ground.” The theme reflects finding perspective and how one can make a difference in the world, starting with compromise and meeting in the middle. The musical selections include “Soprano Saxophone Concerto,” by John Mackey; “Seranta Immortale,” by Immediate Music; “Both Sides Now,” by Joni Mitchell; and “The Middle,” by Zedd.

Scheduled special performances and competitions:

• Sept. 8 -- Marching Band Festival at Hilliard Bradley High School

• Sept. 20 -- Bands of America Show at Bowling Green State University

• Nov. 3 -- participating as a guest band in a Skull Session at Ohio State University

• Nov. 9 -- Bands of America Grand National at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Name of band boosters: Central Crossing Band Boosters

Band’s or boosters’ website and/or social-media links:

• Website -- Centralcrossingband.org

• Facebook -- @CCBands

Additional details and/or comments from band director:

We’re looking forward to having a great year. We have a strong freshmen class, as big in numbers as we’ve had in a long time.

This year the band will have new shakos to go with our uniforms and we’re excited about that. The students are already pumped up about the new year. ...

We participated in the Westland Area Business Association’s parade back in June. It’s nice to have that performance scheduled because it keeps the students involved and thinking about music and helps introduce our freshmen into the band.

The students seem to be really enjoying learning our show for the season and relating to the hopeful story it tells that young people have the ability to change the world.

-- Compiled by Alan Froman/ThisWeek