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John Fannin

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John Fannin


John Fannin (b. 1958) is an American composer.

Mr. Fannin earned a bachelor's degree in music education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Music degree in instrumental wind conducting at New Mexico State University.

He was appointed assistant director of bands at Murray State University in 1995, from which he retired in 2020. His responsibilities at Murray State included symphonic band, concert band, pep band, marching band, and instrumental music education classes. Under Mr. Fannin’s leadership the Racer Marching Band grew from 85 to 300 members.

Prior to his appointment at Murray State University, Mr. Fannin was band director at Onate High School (NM), Del Norte High School (NM), White Sand Missile Range Middle School (NM), Thoreau High School (NM), and Ganado High School (AZ).

Mr. Fannin awards include the 2010 Murray State University Distinguished Professor , 2009 Kentucky Music Educators' Association “University Teacher of the Year”, 2006-2007 Outstanding Murray State University Music Teacher of the Year, and the Phi Beta Mu 2007 “Outstanding Contributor to Band in KY”. He was the recipient of the District KMEA "University Teacher of the Year" award in 1996, 1999, 2001, and 2002. He was awarded the KMEA "Citation of Merit" in 2003 and the 2007 Phi Beat Mu "Outstanding Contributor to Bands in KY".

John also serves as creative resource (music and visual) for many high school and college bands. He is also an active band clinician and guest conductor.

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