Instrumental-music director: Emily Knipe

Name of high school: Columbus Africentric Early College

Band's official name: Nubian Marching Band

Band director(s):

• Emily Knipe, instrumental-music director

• Jania Phillips, drill-team instructor

Field commander(s): No answer

Total number of band members, including drill team: 26 band members and six drill-team members

Number of band seniors, juniors, sophomores, freshmen: Two seniors, seven juniors, eight sophomores, three freshman and six eighth-graders for band and one senior, two juniors, one sophomore and two freshmen for drill team

Date of first home halftime show: Aug. 24

Date of homecoming game: Oct. 5

Theme of homecoming halftime show: “Dance the Night Away”

Marching band’s season theme if applicable: N/A

Scheduled special performances and competitions:

• All City Band Invitational at CAEC, Sept. 22

• Senior Night against rivals Eastmoor Acadamy, 7 p.m. Oct. 26 at Africentric

Name of band boosters: CAEC Boosters

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

• Instagram -- @CAECMusic

• Twitter -- @CAECMusic

Additional details and/or comments from band director:

The halls of Columbus Africentric Early College Pre-K-12 display many basketball and track trophies, but the Nubian Marching Band has always brought pep and spirit to school events. With Ms. Emily Knipe only in her second year as director, the Nubian marching band is growing every day. Growing in size from 24 to 36 band members in one school year, the instrumental music program is becoming an enjoyable place for student involvement at CAEC. Practicing in a school that is pre-K through 12th grade, if seventh- and eighth-(grade) students are strong enough musicians, they are allowed to participate in the Nubian Marching Band's rehearsals and events throughout the school year.

During the 2017-18 school year, the marching band produced five halftime shows, performed at the All City Band Invitational, performed for several elementary schools, attended many men's and women's basketball games, including their OHSAA state tournament appearances, and marched the in the parade celebrating the CAEC Women's State Championship win May 14. The pride and perseverance displayed through the band and drill team members are only motivation for the program to continue to grow and entertain their audiences.

-- Compiled by Scott Hummel/ThisWeek