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To be involved with the band program at UMS is to be part of a recognized tradition of excellence.  Since the school’s foundation in the late 70’s, the soloists and various bands at Umatilla Middle School have consistently received Excellent and Superior ratings at Music Performance Assessments, performed to enthusiastic audiences both at school and throughout the community, and traveled to share their music.


This year we will build on this tradition and strive to take the band program to new heights of artistic and personal achievement.  Through the extraordinary hard work and dedication of all student musicians, fantastic student leaders, active parents, increased community support, and outstanding faculty, the Umatilla Middle School Band Program is ready to set the standard for middle school band programs in the state of Florida!


Ms. Sara Pyburn is a Music Education graduate of  Stetson University. As a multi-instrumentalist, she is proficient in clarinet, saxophone, and flute. Throughout her time at Stetson, Pyburn has actively participated in a wide range of ensembles, including the Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, Clarinet Choir, Saxophone Ensemble, Hatter Band, Pep Band, along with various jazz combos and chamber groups. Her passion for music extends to leadership, as she has gained valuable experience conducting the Clarinet Choir, Symphonic Band, and Pep Band. She actively teaches around Central Florida, including private lessons, multiple marching band camps, as well as Stetson University's Clarinet Clinic and Saxophone Workshop. Ms. Pyburn's dedication has been recognized through prestigious awards, including the 2023 Bobby L. Addams Endowed Scholarship and the 2023 Betsy Dokken Women in Jazz Scholarship. Notably, she was also named the 2024 Most Outstanding Senior Music Educator in Instrumental Music and inducted into the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society.

​Outside of music, Ms. Pyburn has two dogs named Jasmine and Coda. She enjoys bowling, playing pickle ball, and painting. She also enjoys reading and listening to audiobooks.

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