2019 - 2020 Information Coming soon
Concert Band

Concert Band is for students interested in playing brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments.  We play music of different genres and tempos to encourage students to develop technique in a variety of styles. The Concert Band performs in the school's music program concerts held in the winter and spring.  Students of all levels are welcome - prior band experience is not required.

2018 - 2019 Information

  • Meets: Monday and Friday 3:15PM to 5:30PM and Wednesday 2:15PM to 4:30PM
  • Open to students in grades 4th through 9th
  • Fee: $275 | plus $100 instrument fee for percussionists or if you rent a brass instrument through school

To learn more about Concert Band, please visit HERE

Percussion Ensemble

One of the three new chamber ensembles at IMO this year will be the Percussion Ensemble. Performances will include winter and spring concert, school functions, Night of Percussion (May), as well as other events that arise throughout the year.  More information will be given to students during the beginning of the school year.

Instrumentation: Students must be comfortable learning/performing on mallet instruments and battery instruments.

Percussion instruments include: snare, bass, toms, congas, bongos, marimba, vibraphone, xylophone, concert bells, and various other instruments.

2018 - 2019 Information

  • Meets: Tuesday and Thursday 3:15PM to 5:30PM
  • Open to students in grades 6th through 9th
  • Fee: $375 (includes $100 instrument fee for percussionists)

To learn more about Percussion Ensemble, please visit HERE


Winterguard is much like your traditional color guard that performs in the fall with marching bands at halftime - we just take the performance indoors and perform to recorded music. The IMO Winterguard is comprised of students in middle and high school.  The group learns dance, movement, and a variety of equipment including flags. Each season, winterguard learns a different routine with unique costumes and props.

In 2019, we joined the FFCC (Florida Federation of Colorguards Circuit). Participation included performances across Central Florida and state championships in Daytona.

2018 - 2019 Information

  • Meets: Thursdays 3:30PM to 5:30PM
  • Open to students in grades 5th through 9th. Some dance experience is suggested, but not required
  • Fee: $325 (rehearsal clothing and cost of trip to finals in Daytona is not included)
  • Attendance at FFCC shows is mandatory (see schedule)
  • Rehearsal clothing: black leggings or shorts, and black top. Dance or athletic wear is strongly recommended

Some Saturday rehearsals will take place in November, December and January as we prepare for the competition season.

To learn more about Winterguard and to view our schedule, please visit HERE

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How to Join - Request Information

Interested in joining one of our ensembles or need additional information about 2019 - 2020? Please complete the form below

Fair Share

There are special financial needs involved with participation in any organization or activity which are not provided for by OCPS. The financial obligation that falls to the student and parent is called Fair Share Assessment. This assessment is common in a majority of schools around the nation and prevalent in OCPS for a wide-range of activities, including all programs in the arts.

As educators, we believe in providing your student with the highest quality music education possible. To this end, it is necessary for us to assess each student to cover costs inherent in providing a positive, life-changing experience.

All Students participating in programs within Innovation Montessori in The Arts! are expected to meet the payment schedule provided by the program director. Failure to meet the due dates OR contact the director in advance can result in student’s removal from participation. However, no student will be denied participation due to a family’s inability to pay. We incur many costs in advance on students’ behalf. For this reason, there can be no refunds due to ineligibility or change of schedule, as expenses are pre-paid. Plan well in advance. Parents of any student with financial difficulty must contact the director by email in advance of any due date affected for an extension - communication is key!

2018 - 2019 Information

Students that are interested in wind and string instruments (strings, brass and woodwinds) will need to provide their own instrument via private rental or ownership. There are several music stores in the area which offer rentals - we have an account with Band Room which provides delivery and repairs directly to the school. Percussion instruments are provided (yearly fee to help maintain and repair). Some brass instruments are also available for rent through IMO - limited quantities, first come, first served (yearly fee to help maintain and repair). Percussion instrument fee is $100 for the year. Brass rentals through IMO are $100 for the year.

  • Concert Band: $275 (plus rental or $100 instrument fee through IMO)
  • Percussion Ensemble: $375 (includes $100 instrument fee)
  • Orchestra: $275 (plus rental)
  • Winterguard: $325 (you must provide black athletic wear for rehearsal and there will be a cost for our trip to finals in Daytona in March)


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Few General Statistics and Facts About Band Programs
  • Students of the arts continue to outperform their non-arts peers on the SAT, according to reports by the College Entrance Examination Board. In 2002, SAT takers with coursework/experience in music performance scored 57 points higher on the verbal portion of the test and 41 points higher on the math portion than students with no coursework or experience in the arts. - The College Board, Profile of College-Bound Seniors National Report for 2000, 2001, and 2002.
  • The arts provide young people with authentic learning experiences that engage their minds, hearts, and bodies. Engagement in the arts nurtures the development of cognitive, social, and personal competencies.
  • While learning in other disciplines may often focus on development of a single skill or talent, the arts regularly engage multiple skills and abilities. Music requires the integration of eye-hand coordination, rhythm, tonality, symbol recognition and interpretation, attention span, and other factors that represent synthetic aspects of human intelligence. In addition, critical thinking, problem-solving, and learning how to work cooperatively toward shared goals are all skills which are reinforced through music education.
  • Band reinforces the skills of cooperation which are among the qualities now most highly valued in business and industry, especially in high-tech contexts. Members are required to shift from an I/Me focus to a We/Us focus. Instead of the logic being, "what's in it for me," it becomes, "what's in it for us?" Band is a group effort which focuses on group goals and the completion of those goals in each and every rehearsal and performance.
20 Important Benefits of Music In Our Schools
  1. Musical training helps develop language and reasoning: Students who have early musical training will develop the areas of the brain related to language and reasoning. The left side of the brain is better developed with music, and songs can help imprint information on young minds.
  2. A mastery of memorization: Even when performing with sheet music, student musicians are constantly using their memory to perform. The skill of memorization can serve students well in education and beyond.
  3. Students learn to improve their work: Learning music promotes craftsmanship, and students learn to want to create good work instead of mediocre work. This desire can be applied to all subjects of study.
  4. Increased coordination: Students who practice with musical instruments can improve their hand-eye coordination. Just like playing sports, children can develop motor skills when playing music.
  5. A sense of achievement: Learning to play pieces of music on a new instrument can be a challenging, but achievable goal. Students who master even the smallest goal in music will be able to feel proud of their achievement.
  6. Kids stay engaged in school: An enjoyable subject like music can keep kids interested and engaged in school. Student musicians are likely to stay in school to achieve in other subjects.
  7. Success in society: Music is the fabric of our society, and music can shape abilities and character. Students in band or orchestra are less likely to abuse substances over their lifetime. Musical education can greatly contribute to children’s intellectual development as well.
  8. Emotional development: Students of music can be more emotionally developed, with empathy towards other cultures They also tend to have higher self esteem and are better at coping with anxiety.
  9. Students learn pattern recognition: Children can develop their math and pattern-recognition skills with the help of musical education. Playing music offers repetition in a fun format.
  10. Better SAT scores: Students who have experience with music performance or appreciation score higher on the SAT. One report indicates 63 points higher on verbal and 44 points higher on math for students in music appreciation courses.
  11. Fine-tuned auditory skills: Musicians can better detect meaningful, information-bearing elements in sounds, like the emotional meaning in a baby’s cry. Students who practice music can have better auditory attention, and pick out predictable patterns from surrounding noise.
  12. Music builds imagination and intellectual curiosity: Introducing music in the early childhood years can help foster a positive attitude toward learning and curiosity. Artistic education develops the whole brain and develops a child’s imagination.
  13. Music can be relaxing: Students can fight stress by learning to play music. Soothing music is especially helpful in helping kids relax.
  14. Musical instruments can teach discipline: Kids who learn to play an instrument can learn a valuable lesson in discipline. They will have to set time aside to practice and rise to the challenge of learning with discipline to master playing their instrument.
  15. Preparation for the creative economy: Investing in creative education can prepare students for the 21st century workforce. The new economy has created more artistic careers, and these jobs may grow faster than others in the future.
  16. Development in creative thinking: Kids who study the arts can learn to think creatively. This kind of education can help them solve problems by thinking outside the box and realizing that there may be more than one right answer.
  17. Music can develop spatial intelligence: Students who study music can improve the development of spatial intelligence, which allows them to perceive the world accurately and form mental pictures. Spatial intelligence is helpful for advanced mathematics and more.
  18. Kids can learn teamwork: Many musical education programs require teamwork as part of a band or orchestra. In these groups, students will learn how to work together and build camaraderie.
  19. Responsible risk-taking: Performing a musical piece can bring fear and anxiety. Doing so teaches kids how to take risks and deal with fear, which will help them become successful and reach their potential.
  20. Better self-confidence: With encouragement from teachers and parents, students playing a musical instrument can build pride and confidence. Musical education is also likely to develop better communication for students.
Our approach

Like our friend Chef Gusteau and his "anyone can cook" approach to cooking, in these bands, everyone can play. Whether you are a brand new student that has never held an instrument, or you are a blossoming musician with a few years of experience, you will find an environment that is fun, challenging, and encouraging. Instrumental music not only offers students the ability to learn and perform music, but exposes them to core fundamentals such as teamwork, time management, multi-tasking, commitment, discipline, camaraderie, resilience, problem solving, and trust.


Winds and Percussion Director Michael Caruth

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Michael is the Director of Bands and Music Enrichment for IMO and has been a musician for over two decades. In addition, Michael possesses extensive experience as a visual technician for the nationally recognized Upper Darby High School Marching Royals (Pennsylvania), Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps (New Jersey), and Newark High School Winter Guard (Delaware). Michael has performed on numerous instruments including clarinet, bass clarinet, baritone saxophone, baritone/euphonium, drums, and as a member of his high school winterguard. He traveled the country for four summers as a lead baritone player and small ensemble soloist for the perennial Drum Corps International Finalist Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps. He also performed in numerous ensembles in high school (marching band, jazz band, wind symphony, symphonic band, orchestra, winter guard) and college (Temple University Diamond Band and Pep Band). He is entering his third year as music director with IMO and has a son attending IMO and a daughter at West Orange HS.

Winterguard Director Kristen Janke

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Kristen marched in colorguard for 8 years.  She performed with Florida Visual Ensemble for two years earning a Winterguard International gold medal in Independent A competition.  Then, Kristen performed with The Company based in Seminole, Florida.  She received a gold medal in Open Class competition and a 5th place finish in World Class competition.  Kristen is thrilled to help bring Winterguard to IMO.  Our inaugural year was a lot of fun!  Kristen has three children who attend IMO.