Regis University Jazz Ensemble Director Ed Cannava, Ph.D., a former Littleton Public Schools teacher, has been inducted into the Colorado Music Educators Hall of Fame. Cannava was honored during an opening reception at the Colorado Music Educators Association conference in Colorado Springs in late January.
“It was an incredible experience to be in front of my peers and to give a short speech in appreciation for everybody’s support,” Cannava said. “I didn’t expect to hear the entire award plaque read or to receive a standing ovation. It was a night I can’t even describe. It was a culmination of my career.”
Cannava, who has directed the jazz band for three years, has his sights on a new enterprise: Starting a concert band at Regis University in the fall that will allow for smaller pep bands to play at university basketball games.
“It’ll be the first time in the university’s history that we will have done anything like that, so I’m excited about the prospect,” he said.
Before coming to Regis, Cannava was an instrumental music instructor at Metropolitan State University for five years. He was a public-school music teacher for 32 years, including 22 years as director of bands at Arapahoe High School in Centennial.
He has had 10 ensembles perform at the CMEA annual conference throughout the years, from junior high and high school groups to collegiate-level bands, including leading a Regis ensemble last year.
“It’s very competitive. The students have to audition to perform at the conference, so I’m very proud of all the ensembles I’ve taken to the conference to perform,” Cannava said. “I’m lucky to have worked with so many wonderful students over the years, and I still do.”
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