As a marching member Mike Fanning marched 11 seasons of drum corps; six with the Bluecoats, one with the Cadets and four with the Emerald Knights. As a member of the Bluecoats, Mike was Contra Bass Section Leader for four years and was Horn Sargent for two of those years.

Mike has gone on to teach and write for many marching bands, drum corps and winter guards from Canada, the United States and Sweden. Most notably, Mike was a member of the Cadets marching staff from 2003 – 2011 and was their Visual Caption Head from 2007-2010. In 2013 Mike was the Visual Caption Supervisor for the Oregon Crusaders assisting them in making the transistion to World Class.

When not teaching drum corps, Mike is a music teacher at Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School in Toronto, Ontario. Mike holds an Advanced Diploma in Music from Humber College, a Bachelors in Music: Jazz Studies degree from Thompson Rivers University and a Bachelors in Education from York University. Mike is also a member of the Ontario College of Teachers.