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Eldon A. Janzen Papers

 Collection 0071-SCPA
Eldon A. Janzen (1928-) is a conductor and educator. A longtime Director of Bands at the University of Arkansas, Mr. Janzen received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Oklahoma State University and his Master of Music Education degree from North Texas State University. Mr. Janzen's professional affiliations include American Bandmasters Association, Music Educators National Conference, College Band Directors National Association, Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, and Lions International. He served as President of Texas Bandmasters Association, President of Southwest Division of CBDNA, President of Arkansas Bandmasters Association, and President of Phi Beta Mu International. He was recognized for his contribution to music education by membership in the Arkansas Phi Beta Mu Hall of Fame, received the Phi Beta Mu International award for outstanding contribution to music, was named Life President of Arkansas Bandmasters Association, and was a recipient of the "Distinguished Service" citation by Kappa Kappa Psi. Mr. Janzen was inducted into the Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Hall of Fame in Chicago on December 8, 2008. The collection consists of programs, articles, correspondence, facsimile photographs, video (DVD), and recordings related to Janzen's career.

Dates

  • 1941-2008
  • Majority of material found within 1970-1993

Use and Access to Collection

The collection is open for research use.

Duplication and Copyright Information

Materials from this collection must be used in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's Irving and Margery Morgan Lowens Special Collections Room, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Contact the curator for an appointment: http://www.lib.umd.edu/scpa/contact

Extent

0.50 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The Eldon A. Janzen Papers cover the period from ca. 1941 to 2008; the bulk of the materials date from 1970 to 1993. The collection consists of programs, correspondence, facsimile photographs, clippings, articles, video, and recordings related to Janzen's work as a music educator, most notably his work with the Bands at the University of Arkansas.

Biography

Eldon A. Janzen was Director of Bands at the University of Arkansas from 1970 to 1995. In addition to serving as director of the marching band and conductor of the symphonic band, Janzen taught instrumental methods and conducting at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He was Interim Chair of the Music Department in 1983 and continued as Coordinator of Music Education from 1983 to 1995.

Mr. Janzen graduated from Medford High School in 1945. He learned to play trombone and baritone in the Medford band and began his teaching career in his hometown. While a high school student, he was a member of the Oklahoma All State football team and was offered a full athletic scholarship to Oklahoma A and#38; M (later Oklahoma State University). However, he chose to accept a scholarship from that institution to major in music (trombone). Professor Janzen received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Oklahoma State University and his Master of Music Education degree from North Texas State University, where he also served as assistant to the Director of Bands. After serving two years in the Army, he continued his teaching career in New Boston and Greenville, TX. He was appointed Director of Music Activities for the Irving Texas school system and served in that capacity until 1969.

Janzen has frequently served as a clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator throughout the United States and Canada. His professional affiliations include American Bandmasters Association, Music Educators National Conference, College Band Directors National Association, Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, and Lions International. Mr. Janzen has served as President of Texas Bandmasters Association, President of Southwest Division of CBDNA, President of Arkansas Bandmasters Association, and President of Phi Beta Mu International. He organized the Arkansas Winds Community Concert Band and served as its first Conductor/Artistic Director.

He was honored for his contribution to music education by membership in the Arkansas Phi Beta Mu Hall of Fame, received the Phi Beta Mu International award for outstanding contribution to music, was named Life President of Arkansas Bandmasters Association, and is a recipient of the "Distinguished Service" citation by kappa Kappa Psi. His textbook, Band Director's Survival Guide, is still used in instrumental methods courses throughout the country. Janzen was inducted into the Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Hall of Fame in Chicago on December 8, 2008.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into two series.
  1. Series 1: Scrapbooks
  2. Series 2: LPs

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Gift of Eldon A. Janzen received in two shipments, September 2008.

Related Material

The Eldon A. Janzen Papers are part of the American Bandmasters Association (ABA) Research Center.

Janzen, Eldon A. Band Director's Survival Guide: Planning and Conducting the Successful School Band Program. West Nyack, N.Y.: Parker Pub. Co., c1985. Also available in Performing Arts Library stacks: MT733 .J36 1985

For other related archival and manuscript collections, please see the following subject guides.
Title
Eldon A. Janzen Papers
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by Amanda Holgate, February 2009.
Date
2009-02-15
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

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