- Ph.D., Music Education, University of Colorado
- M.M.E., Music Education, University of Colorado
- B.M.E., Music Education, University of Colorado
Ed Cannava, jazz ensemble director at Regis University, was a public school music educator for 32 years, culminating with his 22-year tenure as director of bands at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado. He received his music education degrees from the University of Colorado. Cannava has had ensembles perform in many invitational performances over his career including: numerous feature performances by his junior and senior high concert, jazz and chamber ensembles at the Colorado Music Educators Association Clinic/Conferences; the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade; two Carnegie Hall Concerts; the American School Band Directors Association National Convention; the New Year’s Eve Vienna, Austria Parade; and the London New Year’s Day Parade. Under Dr. Cannava’s direction, Arapahoe High School was twice recognized as a Grammy Signature School. The Arapahoe High School Warrior Marching Band was recognized as the 5A Colorado State Champion Runner-up Band on two occasions.
Cannava served as the American School Band Directors Association (ASBDA) national president, and was on the executive board for five years. He received an NBA Citation of Excellence Award, a Phi Beta Mu – Colorado Outstanding Band Director of the Year Award, and was inducted into the Colorado Music Educators Association Hall of Fame in 2017.
Cannava is the director of the Denver Jazz Club Youth All-Stars, who have performed in New Orleans and New York City, at the Sacramento Jazz Festival, the Montreux, Switzerland Jazz Festival, the Montreux Meets Brienz Jazz Festival, the Assisi, Italy Music Festival, the Milan Expo in Citta Festival, and the Umbria, Italy Jazz Festival.
From 2010 through 2014, he was an instrumental music education instructor at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. The University of Colorado, University of Northern Colorado, and VanderCook College of Music have had Cannava as a guest presenter for their music education classes. In addition, he has served on the faculty of the Conn-Selmer Institute at Notre Dame University.
Since 1983 Cannava has written numerous articles for Bandworld, The Instrumentalist, the Jazz Educators Journal, and School Band and Orchestra Magazine. He is a proud member of Phi Beta Mu, ASBDA, CBA, CMEA, NBA, JEN, and NAfME.
Cannava is active as a guest clinician, conductor, adjudicator and consultant. He has adjudicated marching, concert and jazz bands in Colorado, Washington, Nevada, Utah, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Tennessee. Cannava has been the executive secretary for the Colorado Bandmasters Association since 2012. He has been the Colorado Friendship Cup Marching Band Festival Series Chief Judge since 2011. Cannava resides in Centennial with his wife, Pat, a retired 2nd grade elementary teacher. He has two daughters who are both teachers; Angela, a high school science teacher in Denver, and Tricia, an elementary music teacher in Everett, Washington.