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Dr. Erik N. Janners
Director of Music
Marquette University


Erik Janners, Director of Music at Marquette University, is internationally recognized as a conductor, scholar and performer.  Dr. Janners holds degrees in percussion performance form Alma College and the University of Utah, and a Doctorate in Wind Conducting from the University of Alabama.

Prior to his arrival at Marquette, Dr. Janners served as Director of Bands at Saint Xavier University in Chicago, Illinois, and at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada.  At Marquette, Dr. Janners conducts the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensembles, and Pep bands. He also teaches courses in conducting, music history, and jazz history.

As a scholar, Dr. Janners has had numerous articles published in the Instrumentalist magazine, as well as in Canadian Winds, the national periodical of the Canadian Band Association. His research interests include the field of performance psychology, and he has presented at numerous state, national and international conferences on the subject. In 2007 he received Saint Xavier University's Teaching Excellence award, and he has been awarded the National Band Association's Citation of Excellence three times. He is a member of the College Music Society, NAfME, IGEB, WASBE, CBDNA, and the Percussive Arts Society.

Contact information: 
    Email:  erik.janners@marquette.edu
    Office phone: (414) 288-7125

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Dr. Jason S. Ladd
Assistant Director of Instrumental Music
Marquette University

Dr. Jason S. Ladd is in his sixth year teaching at Marquette University where he serves as director of both the Marquette Symphony Orchestra and Marquette Symphonic Band as well as co-directs the Marquette Pep Band. His previous positions include teaching in the public schools in the cities of Oswego (NY) and Syracuse (NY) and also serving as an adjunct professor in tuba and euphonium at Syracuse University. Musicians he has performed with include the national touring company of Chicago, vocalist Nancy Wilson, saxophonist Dave Liebman, tubist Howard Johnson, and conductor Kazuyoshi Akiyama.

Dr. Ladd received a Bachelor’s degree in Tuba Performance/Music Education from the Eastman School of Music, Master’s degrees in Tuba Performance and Music Education from Syracuse University, and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Music Education and Conducting from Florida State University. As a composer his works have been read by the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Cassatt Quartet, and the Eppes Quartet as well as performances by the Eastman School of Music’s Tuba Mirum and the Syracuse University Wind Ensemble. He has presented at the National Conference of the College Orchestra Directors Association and for the North Central Conference of the College Band Directors National Association. Recently, Dr. Ladd has guest conducted at the University of Louisville and with the WNBA College All-Star Band. He has served on the advisory board for NAfME’s Music Educator’s Journal and is currently on the strategic planning committee for CODA. His other memberships include the American Federation of Musicians, American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Pi Kappa Lambda.

Contact information: 
    Email:  jason.ladd@marquette.edu
    Office phone: (414) 288-7476

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Last Updated:April 12, 2015