Janell received standing ovations at the Church of the Village in New York City. She has worked on recording projects at the Bunker Studio.
Before moving to NYC, she lived in Pennsylvania where she served on the trumpet faculty at the Wilkes University Conservatory. She performed professionally for the River Street Stompers. She also played the lead trumpet book for the musical, "Guys and Dolls." Janell served as a substitute trumpet for the Penn Dixie Dixieland Band, the Endless Mountains Brass Ensemble, and for the musical, "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum." She also played co-lead trumpet with the Wilkes University Jazz Orchestra.
Janell was the recipient of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award. She had participated in a series of master classes with Charles Gorham. Janell has performed professionally in Indiana with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra and as a substitute trumpet for the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and the Master Chorale Works Orchestra. That same year, she performed as a First Fanfare Trumpet at the Pan American Games in Indianapolis and at the ITG Conference with the BSU Trumpet Ensemble. She was featured as a soloist with the Ball State Symphony Orchestra as one of the winners of the Undergraduate Concerto Competition. As a graduate student, she participated in six ensembles at Ball State. Janell played split-lead trumpet for Ball State's Studio Jazz Ensemble. She has performed in musicals, including Evita and the Consul.
Janell earned a Master of Music in Music Performance from Ball State University. Her major trumpet teachers include Laurie Frink, Paul Everett, and Keith Whitford. Janell had additional studies with Jon Crowley, John McNeil, Larry McWilliams, Bruce Whisler, Jeffrey Piper, Susan Slaughter, and Steve Weger.
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