Amy (Fanning) Cronin is a 1988 graduate of Plainfield High School in Plainfield, IN. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education Degree (1993), a Master of Music Degree in Jazz Studies (2000) and a Performer's Certificate (2000) from Indiana University.
Amy is married to Patrick Cronin, who is also a band director (in Sheridan) as well as a professional trumpet player. They were married in May of 2000. They have three boys named Charlie, Michael, and Henry. The two older boys go to school in Sheridan and Henry goes to Fisher Elementary in Speedway.
In Indiana University circles, Amy is known as the new "mop lady" of Indiana Basketball fame. She was asked by Coach Bobby Knight to sing Indiana-related songs at all of the home basketball games during his last two seasons at IU.
Amy began her teaching career in 1993 as the Band Director at Paul Hadley Middle School in Mooresville, IN. In 1997, she went back to IU full-time to pursue her Masters Degree. While studying at IU, Amy met Gene DiNovi, the former pianist and arranger for Lena Horne. She got to sing with him at "The Festival of the Sound" in Parry Sound, Ontario for two summers. After obtaining her masters, she taught elementary music in Bedford, IN for one year before she got the job here at Speedway Junior High.
Amy performs in Indianapolis with a local professional big band called "The Serenade Jazz Orchestra". You can catch them several times a year at The Jazz Kitchen in Broad Ripple. Contact Mrs. Cronin if you want to be added to the mailing list. She LOVES seeing familiar faces out in the audience!