Craig Porter is in his 16th year as Director of Bands at Big Walnut High School. During his fifteen years at Big Walnut, the band program has grown from 43 members to over 140 members annually. In March of 2006, the BWHS Wind Ensemble became the first band in Big Walnut school history to qualify for OMEA State Finals. In March of 2007, the Wind Ensemble qualified for State Finals again, and in May of 2007 the Wind Ensemble became the first Big Walnut band to earn a Superior rating at OMEA State Finals. The combined Symphonic Band has been a regular State-qualifying band ever since. Big Walnut bands have qualified for OMEA State Finals every year since 2006.
In October of 2011, “The Pride of Big Walnut” Golden Eagle Marching Band became the first BWHS marching band in school history to quality for the OMEA State Marching Band Finals. The band qualified for the second year in a row in the fall of 2012 and then again in 2014.
Mr. Porter's other duties include overseeing all aspects of the band program grades 7-12, working with the middle school bands, teaching music theory, high school jazz band, and assisting with the high school choir program. Previously, he was the Assistant Band Director at Philo High School near Zanesville, Ohio for nine years where his groups regularly received Superior ratings in marching and concert band at both the district and state levels.
Mr. Porter is active in the Ohio Music Education association and serves as the site chair of the District 10 Middle School Large Group Adjudicated Event.
Mr. Porter earned his Bachelor of Music Education from Bowling Green State University in 1993 and a Masters in Geography Education from Arizona State University in 2012. He is a member of Music Educators National Conference (MENC) and the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) and serves as an adjudicator for OMEA in the areas of Solo and Ensemble, Large Group Band Adjudicated Events, and Marching Band in the captions of Music and General Effect.
Mr. Porter has presented at the OMEA Professional Conference in 2006 and 2010.
Lisa Huston is in her 19th year as Choir Director at Big Walnut and her 17th year as Assistant Band Director. Under her direction, the vocal music department has grown from 33 members to 180 members. Her duties include teaching four different periods of high school choir as well as Vocal Jazz, Music Theory, and Music Appreciation courses as well as serving as the Assistant Director of Bands. She is currently the Performing Arts Department Chair for BWHS. Previously, she was the Choir Director at Danville High School in Knox County for ten years before coming to Big Walnut.
The Big Walnut High School Choir program has flourished under Mrs. Huston's leadership! The Ladies Chorale has not only qualified for OMEA State Finals for THIRTEEN consecutive years, the group has earned a Superior rating at State Finals each of those years. Her Men's Chorus' and Symphonic Choirs are also consistent qualifiers for State Finals and have earned many State Superior ratings!
Mrs. Huston earned her Bachelor of Music Education from Otterbein College in 1988 and a Masters Degree in Library Science from Kent State University in 2003. She is a member of Music Educators National Conference (MENC), the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA), and Delta Omicron.
Sam Nance is beginning his first season as Percussion Instructor with the Big Walnut Band program.
Sam is a 2014 Big Walnut graduate and was an active member of the drumline and band program.
He currently is a firefighter for the Harlem Twp. And BST&G fire departments.
Color Guard Instructor
Daisy Duhl is beginning her 7th season as the Color Guard Instructor for “The Pride of Big Walnut”. She is a 1999 graduate of Big Walnut High School where she was a member of the color guard, and a 2004 graduate of Otterbein College.
Daisy is currently an Event Planner for Pillar Technologies in Columbus, Ohio.