Janell received seven consecutive standing ovations at the Church of the Village in New York City.
She served on the faculty at the Wilkes University Conservatory. Janell performed in Evita in 1987 at the Emens Auditorium. She performed in Guys and Dolls at the Wilkes University. Janell served as a trumpet player for the Penn Dixie Dixieland Band and the Endless Mountains Brass Ensemble. She also played lead with the Wilkes University Jazz Orchestra. She performed professionally with the River Street Stompers.
Janell was the recipient of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award. She has participated in a series of master classes with Charles Gorham. She performed professionally with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra and for the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. She also performed with the Master Chorale Works Orchestra. She performed as a trumpet player at the Pan American Games in Indianapolis. She performed 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 lead for the Studio Jazz Ensemble.
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 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.