Mitchell comes from Centerville, Ohio. He began playing percussion in 2005 and went on to study at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music from 2012-2018. While at Indiana University, Mitchell received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in percussion performance with an outside study in composition. He spent time studying with a wide variety of percussion professors as well as members of the composition faculty. Mitchell gained a wide range of percussion knowledge including orchestral, solo, chamber, drum set, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Venezuelan/Colombian, and steel pan.
Since graduating, Mitchell has been teaching and performing in the Indianapolis area. As an orchestral performer, he has performed professionally with many orchestras throughout Indiana and Ohio. As a chamber musician, he has performed at multiple Percussive Arts Society events, high schools around Indiana, and made a guest appearance at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. While living in Indianapolis, he gigged regularly as the drum set player for the band The Straight Up Chumps. He also actively collaborated and recorded multiple projects with Bubba Fontaine Music. Mitchell is also an active composer. He has had compositions premiered at Indiana University, Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and Carmel High School in Carmel, Indiana. Currently, he is working on commissions for people around the country, including the soundtrack to the virtual reality video game, Magnetops. Recently, Mitchell has become interested in creating electro-acoustic music through the use of loop pedal technology as well as composing contemporary works involving electronic accompaniment.
Mitchell began teaching in 2009 and has taught students of all ages since then. He has worked with multiple high schools around the country in a variety of different teaching environments. Before moving to Seattle, he was the assistant percussion director at Carmel High School in Carmel, Indiana. There, he spent time teaching private lessons, percussion ensemble, marching band, wind ensemble, and orchestra.