2021 MARCHING BAND COMPETITIONS
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TBD BAND COMPETITION 1
TBD BAND COMPETITION 2
TBD BAND COMPETITION 3
BIG WALNUT HIGH SCHOOL BAND
Welcome to BWHS Band which is comprised of 150-200 musicians who will participate in Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Concert Band and Jazz Band. Similar to other High School sports, students who participate will be expected to dedicate outside school hours to the program to learn all performance music, marching programs and to attend performances/competitions. We are excited for your student's participation in our program and offer the below information as an overview for first time band parents/guardians.
Student and parent/guardian participation is essential for the success of the BWHS Bands. The Band Director provides information regarding these events to students directly. Parents can obtain the same information by a) signing up for the Band Remind by texting @bigwalnutb to 81010 b) monitoring the Band website listed below or c) following this website or the Band Boosters Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/BigWalnutBand/)
BWHS BAND - MEMORIAL DAY/JULY 4TH PARADES
The Big Walnut High School band as the long-standing tradition of participating in the Memorial Day and July 4th parades. Students should look for information regarding practice times prior to the parades as well as the arrival time for the day of the parade via the communication tools listed above.
All band members are required to attend the 4th of July parade performance. Members will purchase a summer uniform consisting of shorts and a t-shirt the cost of which must be paid directly to the band director or via the below Paypal link and will not be included in the students school fees.
SUMMER PRACTICES AND BAND CAMP
Sectionals: All students who participate in band will be divided into sections based upon the instrument they play. Percussion students will either participate in drumline (selected during an audition process mid-May) or auxiliary. Drumline/Auxiliary students will be encouraged to attend weekly summer practices (historically practices have been held 1-3 times per week as established by the drumline director). All other band students may be offered optional summer practices as determined and communicated by their sectional leaders.
Band Camp: Generally the 2nd week in August at BWHS (from 8 am to 5 pm). Attendance to Band Camp is mandatory, as students learn to march and will practice the music they will perform during competitions. Additionally they will be fitted for their marching band uniforms. The cost of camp must be paid by the second day of Band Camp either via check given to the band director or via the below Paypal link and will include lunch each day. Optionally, each day after camp, Band members have an opportunity to attend off-site activities to bond and relax. Any student who chooses to attend these off-site activities will be required to find their own transportation to and from these off-site activities.
Uniforms: During Band Camp, fittings for marching uniforms will occur. Uniforms comprise of pants, jacket, hat, raincoat and gloves. Compensation to replace any lost or damaged piece of uniform is the responsibility of the student. Students must supply their own plain black socks and all black marching shoes (including soles and shoelaces with no noticeable emblems or reflective surfaces). Please see Band Director for suggestions on where to purchase shoes. The uniform will be worn for football game half-time performances (unless notified otherwise) and all competitions.
HS MARCHING BAND AND FOOTBALL GAMES
Participation in all half-time football performances, early morning school practices and predetermined Saturday competitions is excepted of BWHS Band members. In addition, attending sectional practices outside of school hours in which students are available is encouraged. For Drumline and auxiliary members, practices will typically be held 2 days each week outside of school.
Practices: BWHS Band is 1st period every day. Starting the second week of school until the last competition date, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, band members will be required to arrive at school by zero period (or 7 am). Should there be a change the Band Director notify the students.
Football Games: Every Friday night football game includes a half-time band performance. Students should arrive at the High School approximately 2 hours prior to the start of the game for home games or bus departure for away games. The exact arrival time will be posted on the entrance to the band room the Monday prior to the Friday game and the band’s website the Wednesday prior to the Friday game. Band members are required to stay for the entire football game, regardless of the weather. After games, members are responsible for returning their uniform to the band room and storing their instruments.
Hospitality: BWHS Band hosts a cookie and refreshment table during 3rd quarter for all home games for the opposing teams band members to attend. Each group section will be designated one game in which the students must provide either 24 cookies or a 12 pack of pop/water. Students must bring in the supplies by 5:00 the Friday they are assigned. The Band Director will post a section schedule at the beginning of the school year, so please ask your student which home game they have been designated.
BWHS OMEA COMPETITIONS
Big Walnut High School Marching Band participates in three OMEA competitions to qualify for States. Dates will be posted in early August. Competitions are held on Saturdays with students typically gone from early afternoon to late evening (typically 8-12 hours).
BWHS will host a winter concert in December and spring concert in May to provide an opportunity for family, friends and supporters of BW Music programs to hear the students perform. The date and time of each concert will be posted in late November and April on the band website. https://bigwalnutband.com/
All band members are required to participate in 3 of the 10 pep band performances for home Boys & Girls basketball games. Available dates are provided to Students in late November early December. Note, any student who participates in all 10 sessions will earn a Pep Band credit.
BWHS wind ensemble, jazz band and concert band will participate in regional competitions typically held in March. Two weeks prior to the event the times will be communicated via the band website.
Members of both the Middle School and High School Jazz bands will participate in a Jazz Show. Tickets must be purchased prior to the event ($10/ticket) from the HS Band or HS Choir Director
PAYMENTS VIA PAYPAL
If you wish to support BW Music programs please consider donating via our Paypal account as listed on BWHS choir website (http://www.bwhsvocalmusic.org/). In the memo please enter your child's name and the purphase of the deposit.