IMO Winterguard

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.

How to join

Interested in joining the IMO/IMHS Winterguard for the 2019-2020 school year?  We are hosting FREE, no-obligation Spin It Clinics for students to try it out!  Current 5th-9th graders are welcome to attend.  Students will learn how to spin a flag.  Clinics begin Thursday, April 11 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room.  Permission Slips are required to attend.  Permission slips can be found in the Music Room (see the poster) or you can download it HERE.  Please email kristen.janke@innovationmontessori.com for more information.

Faculty

Director and Artistic Design: Kristen Janke

contact: kristen.janke@innovationmontessori.com

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

contact: email coming soon

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

contact: michael@innovationmontessori.com

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.

2018 – 2019 FFCC Schedule and Performance Dates

January 2019

  • Saturday, January 19, 2019 FFCC Premier Show Central @Lyman High School | 865 S Ronald Reagan Blvd | Longwood, FL 32750

Find photos from Lyman HERE

February 2019

  • Saturday, February 2, 2019 @Cypress Creek High School | 1101 Bear Crossing Drive | Orlando, FL 32824

Find photos from Cypress Creek HERE

  • Saturday, February 9, 2019 @Oviedo High School | 601 King Street | Oviedo, FL 32765

Find photos from Oviedo HERE

March 2019

  • Saturday, March 9, 2018 @Innovation Montessori Ocoee | Arteco Festival
  • Friday, March 15, 2019 @Freedom High School | 2500 West Taft Vineland Road | Orlando, FL 32837

Find photos from Freedom HERE

FFCC Championships

  • Friday, March 29 – Sunday, March 31, 2019 FFCC Championships @Daytona Beach Ocean Center | 101 N Atlantic Ave | Daytona Beach, FL 32118

Find photos from Championships HERE

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