(Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1997)
Eldon 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 he taught instrumental methods and graduate conducting. He was Interim Chair of the Music Department in 1983 and continued as Coordinator of Music Education from l983 to 1995.
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 Director of Bands Maurice McAdow.
Mr. Janzen taught in the public schools of Oklahoma and Texas for fourteen years before he was appointed Director of Music Activities for the Irving Texas school system in 1966. During this time, Mr. Janzen developed band programs which consistently produced outstanding performing organizations in both marching and concert competition. His professional affiliations included 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 has been honored for his contribution to music education by membership in the Arkansas Phi Beta Mu Hall of Fame; he received the Phi Beta Mu International award for outstanding contribution to music, was recently named Life President of Arkansas Bandmasters Association, and is a recipient of the "Distinguished Service" citation by Kappa Kappa Psi. His textbook BAND DIRECTORS SURVIVAL GUIDE was widely used in instrumental methods courses throughout the country.