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Janell Carter is currently performing at the Church of the Village in New York City as a soloist and with the choir, organ, and piano. Her last seven solo performances during church services were all standing ovations. She performed in the People's Climate March with other trumpet players. Roy Hargrove was the musical director and composer. Janell has worked on recording projects at the Bunker Studio in Brooklyn, NY.
Before moving to NYC, she lived in Pennsylvania where she served on the trumpet faculty at the Wilkes University Conservatory and Community School of the Arts in Wilkes-Barre. She performed professionally for the River Street Stompers--a New Orleans style brass band, including a performance of the opening act for Maynard Ferguson. 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. It was a gifted program. 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 at the age of 19. That same year, she performed as a First Fanfare Trumpet at the Pan American Games in Indianapolis and at the International Trumpet Guild Conference with the Ball State University Trumpet Ensemble at Western Michigan University. Janell was featured as a soloist with the Ball State Symphony Orchestra as one of the winners of the BSU 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, with the BSU Symphony Orchestra.
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. She has performed as a master class participant for Charles Daval, John Aley, Marvin Perry, Michael Tunnell, and Vincent Cichowicz.
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