Big Walnut Bands

Trip Update

Hello Big Walnut music families.  It is with regret that after discussing the current and future travel uncertainties, we have decided to postpone our November, 2020 Disney trip to November, 2021.  We had lengthy discussions with our travel company about the situation but we were advised that Disney is not even allowing sales of group tickets until further notice.  Depending on how the pandemic progressed, a trip might not have even been possible.
By postponing now, we will be able to give a 100% refund to all those who have made payments.  Had we waited and hoped to still travel in November, 2020, we would have had to make deposits for buses, hotels, etc. that would not have been refundable if the trip was later cancelled.
For the Class of 2021, we know that this would have been your last music department trip.  We are already working to come up with a smaller, “seniors only” getaway to make sure you get one last trip opportunity!
Thank you all for your patience as we have been working through this.  Like you, we are disappointed but look forward to Florida in November, 2021!



Section Leader Application

Complete the application, and then scan and email it to or share via google drive or google docs.  The deadline is July 1, 2020.

Section Leader Application

Field Commander Tryouts

If you are interested in trying out to be a 2020 BWHS Field Commander, please email Mr. Porter at by July 1, 2020 to express your interest!

BWHS Band Uniform News

On Monday, June 5, 2020, Sunbury Cleaners had a fire at their business. Thankfully, everyone evacuated safely and there were no injuries or deaths!

Unfortunately, our marching band uniforms were there for their summer cleaning. While not damaged through burning, it has been determined that they are a total loss by the insurance company due to excessive water damage resulting in mold/mildew.

We of course do not fault Sunbury Cleaners and value our longtime great and cooperative working relationship!

While we will get permanent replacement uniforms, it is unlikely that they will be available for the 2020 marching season due to the time needed to make them. However, please be aware that the administration, music staff and music boosters are working to make sure that we have every opportunity to have a successful 2020 season in a secondary uniform.

We look forward to our 2020 marching band season following CDC, OHSAA and BWLSD guidelines for the safety for our students!

Stay tuned for future announcements on here and via Remind!


Band camp is held at BWHS and will begin on Monday, August 10th to Friday, August 14th.  We work closely with athletic coaches so that our athletes can practice with us but also attend athletic practices and scrimmages.  We are working closely with the HS administration to make sure that we have a safe environment and follow CDC, OHSAA and BWLSD protocols.


“Remind” Sign up!

Parents and students are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to join the appropriate band “Remind” group if they have not already done so.  Important information can be sent out quickly for such things as:

  1.  A change of uniform for a performance due to weather.
  2.  Information regarding a change of return time after a performance so that parents aren’t stuck waiting and wondering.
  3. General reminders about report times, activities, etc.To get this important info, parents and students sign up as follows:
    Class of 2021 – Text the number 81010 and put the code @21bwhs as a text.
    Class of 2022 – Text the number 81010 and put the code @22bwhs as a text.
    Class of 2023 – Text the number 81010 and put the code @23bwhs as a text.
    Class of 2024 – Text the number 81010 and put the code @24bwhs as a text.

Chaperones Needed!  New BWLS rules in effect!

We are in need of chaperones for our trips this fall!

Big Walnut Local Schools now require all chaperons/volunteers to have a background check and application on file with the school district.  To do so, please visit and click on Parents/Community to scroll to “Volunteer Opportunities”.  Volunteers need to do this at least one week prior to the trip.  All of our chaperones and equipment bus drivers need to do this ASAP!