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Eldon A. Janzen Papers

Abstract

Title:
Eldon A. Janzen Papers
Author/Creator:
Janzen, Eldon A.
Collection number:
09-29-ABA
Size:
0.50 linear feet
Bulk dates:
1970-1993
Inclusive dates:
1941-2008
Collection Area:
Special Collections in Performing Arts
Repository:
Special Collections in Performing Arts, Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742. Contact the curator: http://www.lib.umd.edu/scpa/contact
Abstract:

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.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

The collection is open for research use.

Preferred citation:

Eldon A. Janzen Papers, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1903.1/4602
Publication rights:

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

Status:

This collection is PROCESSED.

Historical Note

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 & 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.

Scope and Contents of the 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.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

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

Processing Information

Processed by:

Processed by Amanda Holgate, February 2009.

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Mary Crauderueff, February 2009.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Scrapbooks, ca. 1941-2008 (0.50 linear feet)

This series contains programs, articles, correspondence, facsimile photographs, video (DVDs), and recordings related to Janzen's career.

Subseries 1.1: Professional History, ca. 1941-2008 (1 folder)

This subseries contains biographical information, facsimile photographs, and clippings compiled by Janzen to document his professional activities. Materials are arranged in Janzen's original order.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Professional History, ca. 1941-2008series 1.1box 1folder 1

Subseries 1.2: University of Arkansas Concert Bands, 1970-1985 (1 folder)

This subseries contains programs for concerts conducted by Janzen; concert and marching bands alike. Materials are arranged in chronological order.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
University of Arkansas Concert Bands, 1970-1985series 1.2box 1folder 2

Subseries 1.3: University of Arkansas Concert Bands and Selected Writings, 1986-1993 (1 folder)

This subseries contains selected writings by Janzen and programs for concerts conducted by him. Materials are arranged in chronological order.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
University of Arkansas Concert Bands and Selected Writings, 1986-1993series 1.3box 1folder 3

Subseries 1.4: Clinics, Judging, and Guest Conducting, 1970-2004 (1 folder)

This subseries contains programs for concerts and clinics for which Mr. Janzen was a guest speaker, judge, or conductor. Also contains some correspondence and facsimile photographs. Materials are arranged in Janzen's original order.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Clinics, Judging, and Guest Conducting, 1970-2004series 1.4box 1folder 4
Janzen, Eldon A. Band Director's Survival Guide: Planning and Conducting the Successful School Band Program. West Nyack, N.Y.: Parker Pub. Co., c1985series 1.4box 1folder 5

Series 2: LPs, 1973-1978, undated (18 LPs)

This series contains 18 LPs featuring Eldon A. Janzen as a conductor.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
University of Arkansas Symphonic Band Volume II; University of Arkansas Symphonic Band; Eldon Janzen, conductor: ABAR2728, 1974 series 2box 2folder 1
University of Arkansas Symphonic Band MENC; University of Arkansas Symphonic Band; Eldon Janzen, conductor: ABAR2729, 1977 series 2box 2folder 2
University of Arkansas Bands in Concert Bicentennial Year; University of Arkansas Symphonic Band and Concert Wind Ensemble; Eldon Janzen, conductor; Chalon Ragsdale assistant: ABAR2730, 1976 series 2box 2folder 3
The University of Arkansas, Fayetteville Symphonic Band ; The University of Arkansas, Fayetteville Symphonic Band; Eldon Janzen, conductor; Chalon Ragsdale, assistant: ABAR2731, 1978 series 2box 2folder 4
College Band Directors National Association Southwester/Western Division Conference: University of Arkansas Symphonic Band; University of Arkansas Symphonic Band; Eldon Janzen, conductor; Chalon Ragsdale, assistant: ABAR2732, undated series 2box 2folder 5
The Symphonic Band; Eldon Janzen, Conductor; The University of Arkansas Symphonic Band; Eldon Janzen, conductor: ABAR2733, undated series 2box 2folder 6
The University of Arkansas Razorback Band (The Arkansas Razorbacks); The University of Arkansas Razorback Band; Eldon Janzen, director; Chalon Ragsdale, assistant: ABAR2734, undated series 2box 2folder 7
1973 University of Arkansas Summer Music Camp; Symphony Orchestra, Choir; Jay Decker, Don H. Jaeger, Richard Brothers, Gene Kenney: ABAR2735, 1973 series 2box 2folder 8
1974 University of Arkansas Summer Music Camp Vol. I; Symphonic Band, Concert Band; Eldon Janzen, Robert Jager, Larry Colvin, George Brite: ABAR2736, 1974 series 2box 2folder 9
1974 University of Arkansas Jr. High Music Camp Eldon Janzen, Larry Colvin, Ron Bramme: ABAR2737, 1974 series 2box 2folder 10
1976 University of Arkansas Music Camp Vol. II; Symphonic Band, Concert Band; Eldon Janzen, Dennis Johnson, Robert Umiker, George Brite: ABAR2738, 1976 series 2box 2folder 11
1975 University of Arkansas High School Summer Music Camp Vol. II; Orchestra, Choir; A. Clyde Roller, Lynn Whitten, Richard Brothers: ABAR2739, 1975 series 2box 2folder 12
University of Arkansas Bands: University of Arkansas Centennial: 16th Annual Summer Music Camp Vol. I; Symphonic Band, Symphony Orchestra, A Cappella Choir; Eldon Janzen, John Giordano, Theodor Avitahl, Gene Kenney: ABAR2740, undated series 2box 2folder 13
University of Arkansas Bands: University of Arkansas Centennial: 16th Annual Summer Music Camp Vol. II; Concert Band, Concert Orchestra, Varsity Band; -- Larry Calvin, Irby Martin, Ed Gibble, Joseph McSpadden, Ron Branner, Larry Colvin: ABAR2741, undated series 2box 2folder 14
University of Arkansas 1977 Senior High Music Camp; Symphonic Band, Concert Band - I, Concert Band - II; Eldon Janzen, Howard Dunn, Chalon Ragsdale, George Brite, Harlon Lamkin, Herbert Lunday: ABAR2742, 1977 series 2box 2folder 15
"Hail to Thee;" Irving High School Symphonic Band; Eldon Janzen, David Clark: ABAR2743, undated series 2box 2folder 16
Irving High School presents Symphonic Band; Irving High School Symphonic Band; Eldon Janzen: ABAR2744, undated series 2box 2folder 17
Irving High School Concert Band; Irving High School Concert Band; Eldon Janzen, Jim Herrington: ABAR2745, undated series 2box 2folder 18

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

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