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.


Mike is an active Musician / Teacher in the Seattle Music scene.  He currently plays with Carrie Akre, Charles Street Messengers, and Stereo Sons. He has been playing the Drum Set for over 25 years and studied Percussion at Humboldt State University, Seattle Central Community College, and The Seattle Drum School.  Mike has been teaching professionally since 2001, teaching drums and Band 101 in various schools, summer camps, and privately out of his home studio.  Over the last 14 years he has taught hundreds of students ranging in age from 6-65, including some students with special needs and learning disabilities.

Mike’s teaching style involves shaping lessons towards the individual and making them more effective for the students’ growth. His teaching strength is in his ability to play several different musical styles. He is current with music trends and is well versed in classic styles as well.  He highly encourages his students to use the tools he teaches them to develop their own voice on the instrument and create their own music. Overall, Mike stresses the importance of Music as art and to keep it fun

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