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On June 11, 1911, he married Elizabeth Mae Jarrett and had three children, Ann, Jarrett, and Franceys. It is told that he loved to play with the children, and was especially fond of teasing them. “He would pinch our checks in a playful fashion,” according to the grandchildren. The family lived in the Sherman, Greenville and Paris areas of Texas. In 1922 the family moved to Bryan, Texas where he was musical instructor and band director for Allen Academy. While there he raised 400 mallard ducks, which he loved dearly. This, however, did not interfere with his passion for hunting with his son, Jarrett, in the Navasota River bottoms. He also searched for oil in the Texas and Oklahoma fields at one time. Major would commute from his home in Denison to instruct bands in Paris, Sherman, and College Station. At the same time, he was training with the Army Band. During his career, he taught 4000 students, and all of his bands were tops in their fields. During World War I, he was active in the work of the Student’s Army Band Training Corp, and as a government musician, he trained hundreds of musicians for the Army's regiment bands. He helped organize bands all over Texas, and in 1924 founded and was elected first president of the Texas Band Teachers Association. The next year, he was instrumental in passing the legislation allowing cities to levy a tax to pay for the organization and direction of a municipal band. This helped keep music alive in Texas.