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, concert percussion, and winds. Our competitive season begins in January and culminates in our Circuit Championships the last week of March.

Information Regarding the 2020 – 2021 COMING SOON!

2020 Season

Our 2020 production is “I’d Rather be Spinning” and features 13 performers in 5th through 10th grade. Here is our tour schedule:

  • January 18th @Lyman HS FFCC Regional Premiere | 865 S Ronald Reagan Blvd, Longwood, Florida 32750
  • February 15th @University HS (Orlando) | 2450 Cougar Way, Orlando, Florida 32817
  • February 22nd @Univeristy HS (Orange City) | 1000 W Rhode Island Ave, Orange City, Florida 32763
  • March 7th @Oviedo HS | 601 King Street, Oviedo, Florida 32765
    • @Innovation Montessori Festival of the Arts
  • March 14th @Cypress Creek HS | 1101 Bear Crossing Drive, Orlando, Florida 32824
  • March 27th (FRIDAY) FFCC Championships Class B @Daytona Beach Ocean Center | 101 N Atlantic Ave Daytona Beach, Florida 32118

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

How to Join/Request Information

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.

Creative 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 music director, producer and stage manager for Aladdin JR. He is entering his fourth year as music director with IMO and has a wife of 23 years, and a son and daughter attending 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.

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