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Ed Cannan, son of Walter L. and Mary Cannan, was born on November 15, 1915 in Laneville, Texas. His father was a Methodist minister, and the family moved quite often during Ed’s childhood. Ed attended four different high schools before graduating from Cameron High School. He attended Southwestern University for two years from 1934-1936, and held his first position as band director for Georgetown High School during his sophomore year. The following year, in 1936-37, he was band director at Westminster College.

He served as Region Chairman of Region V in 1951. He was elected TMEA President during the Mineral Wells convention in 1952, and was re-elected at the Galveston convention in 1953. From January to May 1991, Ed came out of retirement and was band director at Buffalo High School for a former school superintendent. At age 76, Ed was probably the oldest full-time school band director in the state of Texas.