Edward Rowland Cresswell (1909-1993) studied the cello at the Curtis Institute of Music before leaving in 1935 to play in the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC. In 1942 Cresswell was drafted into the Army where he was assigned to, as he put it, fight the "battle of Broadway", becoming an orchestra member for the traveling Army/Air Force sponsored play "Winged Victory". After the war Cresswell lived in St. Petersburg, FL for a time before returning to the NSO in the early 1950s. Cresswell decided to return to school on the G.I. Bill, earning Bachelors and Masters degree at Ithhaca College in New York. He became a school music teacher and continued to play in local semi-professional symphonies, chamber groups, and churches as a soloist until his last years.