Janell received seven standing ovations at the Church of the Village in New York City.
She lived in Pennsylvania where she served on the trumpet faculty at the Wilkes University Conservatory. Janell performed professionally for the River Street Stompers. She also played the lead trumpet book for the musicals, Guys and Dolls and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Janell served as a trumpet player for the Penn Dixie Dixieland Band and the Endless Mountains Brass Ensemble. She also played co-lead trumpet with the Wilkes University Jazz Orchestra.
She was offered a position with the Army band in Norfolk, VA. She was also offered a position with the U.S. Navy. There was only one position for the entire year.
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. She performed as a First Fanfare Trumpet at the Pan American Games in Indianapolis and at the ITG Conference with the Trumpet Ensemble. Janell was featured as a soloist with the BSU Orchestra as the winner of the Undergraduate Concerto Competition. As a graduate student, she participated in six ensembles at Ball State. Janell played split-lead trumpet for the 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 Steve Weger, Susan Slaughter, Larry McWilliams, and John McNeil.
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