IMO Winterguard

Winter guard is the sport of indoor color guard – much like your traditional color guard that performs with marching bands – we just take the performance indoors and perform to recorded music. IMO Winterguard is entering its third year and comprised of students in upper elementary, middle, and high school. The group learns movement and a variety of equipment including flags and sabers. Winter guards can be found in middle schools, high schools, universities and independent organizations.

We are excited to be a part of the FFCC – the Florida Federation of Colorguards Circuit. They offer a competitive outlet during winter for color guard, indoor marching percussion and concert percussion teams and Winds. Our competitive season begins in January and culminates in our Circuit Championships the last week of March. We attend 4 or 5 shows in and around Central Florida.

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

IMO Winterguard meets Thursdays 5:30 – 8PM throughout the year with some Saturday rehearsals & performances

Tentative FFCC Schedule:

  • January 18th @Lyman HS
  • February 8th @Riverview HS (tentative, awaiting FFCC response)
  • February 15th @University HS OR Ponte Vedra HS (tentative, awaiting FFCC response)
  • March 7th @Oviedo HS
  • March 14th @Cypress Creek HS
  • March 28th FFCC FINALS @Daytona Beach Convention Center

WINTERGUARD fees for 2020 may now be made online via SchoolPay HERE

How to join

INTERESTED? Attend our clinics Thursday, September 19th and 26th from 5:30 to 8PM to see what Winter Guard is all about. Cast will be announced October 1st


Rehearsal Schedule begins Thursday, October 3rd

For questions, please see Mr. Mike in the Music room or email


Director and Artistic Design: Kristen Janke


Kristen marched in color guard for 8 years.  She performed with Florida Visual Ensemble for two years earning a Winter Guard 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.

Designer/Choreographer: Suzanne Newland

Suzanne marched in color guard for 5 years, placing 9th in scholastic open class at WGI, and leading her team as captain. She currently has two children who attend IMO and was excited to join the instructor team in 2018.

Visual Design/Staging: Michael Caruth


Michael is the Founder of Innovation Montessori in the arts and Director of Bands and Music Enrichment for IMO. He has enjoyed being a musician for over two decades performing in numerous ensembles including marching band, jazz band, wind symphony, winter guard, drum corps, and college band. Michael began his teaching experience as a visual and winds performance technician for the nationally recognized Upper Darby High School Marching Royals (Pennsylvania) before joining the visual teams for the Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps (New Jersey), and Newark High School Winter Guard (Delaware). Outside the music world, he enjoyed his time as a trainer and facilitator for numerous companies including LensCrafters and The Walt Disney World Company. Michael has performed on several instruments including clarinet, bass clarinet, baritone saxophone, baritone/euphonium, drums, and as a member of his high school winterguard. He traveled the country for 4 summers as a lead baritone player and small ensemble soloist for the Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps. Most recently Michael was the director of IMO’s production of Beauty and the Beast, Director of Camp Lakewood, and served as producer and stage manager for Aladdin JR. He is entering his fourth year as music director with IMO and has a son and a daughter at West Orange HS where they are members of the West Orange Warrior Band, recently named a Blue Ribbon Program of Excellence by the National Band Association.

2020 FFCC Schedule and Performance Dates

January 2020

  • Saturday, January 18, 2020 FFCC Premier Show Central @Lyman High School | 865 S Ronald Reagan Blvd | Longwood, FL 32750

February 2020

  • Saturday, February 8, 2020 @Riverview High School | Riverview, FL 33569 (tentative)
  • Saturday, February 15, 2020 @University High School | Orlando, FL 32817 OR Ponte Vedra High School | Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32081 (tentative)

March 2020

  • Saturday, March 7, 2020 @Oveido High School | 601 King Street | Oveido, FL 32765
  • Friday, March 14, 2020 @Cypress Creek High School | 1101 Bear Crossing Road | Orlando, FL 32824

FFCC Championships

  • Friday, March 27 – Sunday, March 29, 2020 FFCC Championships @Daytona Beach Ocean Center | 101 N Atlantic Ave | Daytona Beach, FL 32118

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