Music Survives Legislature Education Code Revision

Senate Bill 1

Hanna was born June 14, 1941 in Alma, Arkansas. He is the third child of Otis and Clemmie Hanna (both deceased). As an infant, his family moved to Raymondville, Texas where his father was a farmer and his mother a homemaker who was insistent that her children should have opportunities in the arts. Upon graduation from Raymondville High School in 1959, he entered Hardin-Simmons University on a music scholarship majoring in piano and clarinet. He was a member of the Concert Band, World Famous Cowboy Band, played keyboard in the University Combo and was a clarinetist in the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra. He was a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Professional Men’s Music Fraternity and later served as President. After thirty years as a public school band director, Don Hanna retired from the public schools and was hired as the Director of Bands and Professor of Music at Hardin-Simmons University where he taught for eight years and retired in 2002. During his eight years at Hardin-Simmons University his bands averaged 35 performances each year. His concert band received the first invitation in the university’s history to peform for the Texas Music Educator’s Association. Of the many awards and honors he has received, he considers his induction into the American Bandmaster’s Association to be the greatest honor ever bestowed on him. During the thirty years teaching in public schools Don Hanna’s bands accumulated 29 consecutive University Interscholastic League Sweepstakes awards. He served at the region, area and State level as an officer in the Texas Music Educators including State Band Chairman and later President of the Texas Music Educators Association. He also served as Vice-President of the Texas Music Adjudicators Association