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"Whatever you do, fund the band": The History and Continuing Implementation of the 1921 Iowa Band Law

Master's Thesis

Description: The 1921 Iowa Band Law is the focus of Jenkins's thesis toward his Master of Music degree in Musicology. The thesis investigates the existing literature regarding the law, its history in the Iowa Congress and subsequent changes made during the past 95 years, and the examins two bands as case studies: the Clarinda Municipal Band and the Dyersville Municipal Band. Both towns were approximately the same size in 1921, and the histories of bands in the two towns present different approaches to the relative success of the law.

Jenkins's thesis received the 2017 UMKC Distinguished Master's Thesis Award.


13-18 July 2022: 24th International IGEB Conference. Instituto di alta formazione musicale “Conservatorio Claudio Monteverdi”*

15-19 July 2021: 24th International IGEB Conference. Conservatorio superior de música "Joaquín Rodrigo" (Re-scheduled)**

22 March 2021: Guest Lecture. Online. University of Missouri-Kansas City.

23-27 July 2020: 24th International IGEB Conference. Conservatorio superior de música "Joaquín Rodrigo"***

17 April 2018: One More Time Podcast. Episode 1.7 "Death and Taxes". University of Illinois.

18 March 2018: 37th College Music Society's Great Plains Regional Conference. Wartburg College.

27 February 2018: Fine Arts Recital Hall, Arkansas State University.

5 May 2017: Thesis Defense. Miller Nichols Library 121, University of Missouri-Kansas City.

10 March 2017: Musicology Department First Fridays. Grant Hall 330, University of Missouri-Kansas City.

* - Unable to attend for personal reasons

** - Event cancelled due to COVID-19.

*** - Event postponed to July 2021 due to COVID-19.

The Wind Ensemble Music of James Mobberley

A Two-Part Podcast

Description: An introductory survey of the wind ensemble music of James Mobberley in the form of two podcasts that contain interviews with the composer himself, as well as interviews with conductors Steven Davis, Gary Hill, and Joseph Parisi.

Presentation: Online


"Swing & Sweat" - The Warren Durrett Collection

An Online Exhibit

Description: A group project to create an online exhibit highlighting Kansas City big band leader Warren Durrett and the collection of his music and other memorabilia housed at the University of Missouri-Kansas City's Miller Nichols Library.

Presentation: Online

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