All students have the option of joining band in their 6th grade year as a daily class. These students are then led through an evaluation process where ultimately a suitable instrument is selected for each student. Students then begin the process of learning to read, interpret and compose music. Beginning band students perform in the Winter and Spring Concerts each year and are invited to attend other band events as well.

Students who show growth and progression in 6th grade band are then moved up to Concert Band in 7th and 8th grade. The Concert Band focuses on further development of technical and musical skill. In addition to performing at the annual Winter and Spring Concerts, Concert Band is involved in other band activities such as the “All Star Slam Jam”, FSC Band Day, District Solo and Ensemble Festival and the annual Band Lock-in.

Those students who show above average progression and talent in 7th and 8th grade are invited to be members of the Symphonic Band. The Symphonic Band is our top performing group that is involved in several events in addition to all the Concert Band activities. Members of Symphonic Band have earned the opportunity to audition and perform in All – State Band, All- County Band, and the Polk Honor Band. Also, Symphonic Band performs twice a year for local elementary schools and each spring at the Middle School Music Performance Assessment where they are rated by judges in all the areas of musicality and sight reading.

For more information contact Band Director Jennifer Peacock.

CLMS Chorus

The chorus here at Crystal Lake Middle School does a wonderful job and works very hard on all of their events.  They always do a super job performing at our Open House night and other events thru-out the school year.

Our Chorus director, Ms. Peacock, also prepares some students out of the chorus to go to All-State singing competition that focuses on music theory and sight singing. If selected, they will be a part of a mass choir.

Please contact Jennifer Peacock for more information.


CLMS Orchestra

The orchestra at Crystal Lake is a vibrant and growing program.  Instruction is offered on the violin, viola, cello and string bass. We perform many different types of music including classical, mariachi, fiddling and pop. The groups perform throughout the year. In addition students from Crystal Lake Orchestra have participated in All County Orchestra, All State Orchestra, Solo and Ensemble and Music Performance Assessment. To participate it is recommended that you provide your own instrument but some instruments are provided on a limited basis. If you want to learn to play an instrument we will make it happen!

Please contact Elizabeth Fortier for more information.