NEW! Innovation Winds is an extracurricular performance medium similar to indoor percussion and indoor color guard. It is an artistic performance outlet for wind and percussion players that allows for visual and musical expression in a non-seated/concert setting. Students will learn and perform a show that is staged on a basketball floor, just like indoor percussion and indoor color guard. This indoor setting is a unique environment that encourages musical and visual excellence and growth. This venue gives students the opportunity to achieve extraordinary feats through performance and competition.
Innovation Winds will compete as part of FFCC Winds when we take to the floor in 2022.
How to Join or Request Information for Innovation Winds
Interested in joining Innovation Winds or need additional information? Please complete the form below.
2021 - 2022 Season Information
Membership is available to all students 7th through 12th at Innovation Montessori Ocoee, Innovation Montessori High School, Legacy High School, Ocoee High School, and West Orange High School
*Audition is required. Audition criteria include technical excellence, expression, attitude, performer potential, and commitment. Additional information coming soon!
We are seeking students with the following instrument experience:
- Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, Trumpet, Horn/Mellophone, Baritone, Trombone, Tuba, Battery Percussion, Piano, Electric Guitar, Electric Bass, Drum set, Marimba, Vibes, Xylophone
When, Where, Fees
- Days: TBD
- Time: TBD
- Fees: TBD includes FFCC fees, costume, equipment
Innovation Winds Audition Information
FAQ on Auditions
Q: How will the auditions work?
A: Each applicant will participate in both music and movement technique classes. You’ll have several opportunities to demonstrate your abilities, experience, training, and attitude.
Q: What will the staff look for during the audition process?
A: The audition sessions will focus on introducing our style of movement and music techniques. Participants will formally audition in small groups taught in the sessions. The staff will also conduct personal interviews in order to learn more about the participants. Audition criteria include technical excellence, expression, attitude, performer potential, and commitment.
Five Requirements for Innovation Winds Membership
Talent - The instructional staff will evaluate your abilities on your instrument/equipment, your movement ability, your development and progress over a period of time based on specific criteria as outlined in the audition material.
Fees & Payments - You need to demonstrate willingness and ability to fulfill the financial commitment as described in the audition information packet. We expect payments to be made in a timely manner. Any difficulties in adhering to the payment schedule must be discussed with Innovation Winterguard management.
Attendance - You will be expected to attend all rehearsals and performances. When you attend an Audition Experience event, you should discuss with the staff any known events that conflict with rehearsal or performance dates. If you have a critical family or school conflict with a rehearsal, notify Innovation Winterguard management as soon as you become aware of the issue. If we don’t hear from you, we consider the absence unexcused, which could negatively impact your membership status. You will need to clear your winter calendar of all conflicts.
Attitude - You will need to maintain a positive attitude in challenging circumstances. The hours are long, and the work is hard. You will be asked to do things that you’ve never done and work harder than you probably ever have. Your ability to stay positive and focused will help you and those around you meet the challenges you’ll face.
Health - You must be physically, mentally and emotionally able to withstand the rigorous requirements of practices, performances, and travel. A complete health history and sports physical are required. If you have ANY doubts about this program, please discuss your concerns with corps management and medical staff.
DON’T BE AFRAID TO CHALLENGE YOURSELF – YOU CAN DO THIS!
WGI Winds presents marching ensembles of any instrumentation in the same performance environment as indoor color guard and percussion ensembles. As one of the world’s largest and most influential marching arts organizations, WGI is bringing the same exciting competitive and educational opportunities to students in the winds section in support of the total band program. By creating WGI Winds, the legacy of excellence has an outlet for a high quality performance experience. Students are judged by the most skilled adjudicators working in the marching arts today while sharing their love of music and motion under the guiding principle of an educationally sound scoring system.
WGI Sport of the Arts exists to provide a venue for young people to achieve the extraordinary through performance and competition. WGI Winds is a natural extension of an already existing indoor color guard and percussion ensemble divisions. Growing at a rapid pace, over 50 groups now compete with WGI each year.
There are two levels of classification: Independent and Scholastic. Independent groups are self-organized and funded, sometimes they are an extension of a college program. The independent class has no age limit. Scholastic ensembles are programs that compete on behalf of their school. For both Independent and Scholastic classes, WGI offers competitive divisions of A Class, Open Class and World Class. This will allow ensembles to compete and be compared with other groups at a similar skill level. Ensembles in A Class use a beginners skill set, Open Class has an intermediate skill set and World Class an advanced skill set.
The WGI competitive season begins in February and finishes in April at the Winds World Championships.
Innovation Montessori in The Arts Combined Calendar
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