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BM Ft. Hays State University Percussion Indiana University, Bloomington IN Percussion American Conservatory of Music, Chicago
3 Time Undefeated Consecutive National Snare Drum Champion
Clinician for the Percussive Arts Society in Columbus OH and Nashville TN
International Clinician/Educational Representative for the Pearl Drum Co.
Contributed to or directly responsible for 12 National and 23 State individual or group championships
Composer of the Snare Drum Classics "Stamina", "Tornado", and the "Four Horseman" among others
International Clinician/Educational Representative for the Ludwig Drum Co.
Known as "The Teacher's Teacher", I'm passionate about teaching, helping students reach their full potential, innovative cutting edge teaching methods, and personalized curriculum for every student. Having taught many famous and national championship students, I love to pass on the desire and appreciation for excellence and Olympic level playing.
Having studied music at Indiana University under George Gaber, The American Conservatory of Music in Chicago under James Dutton, and famed Ludwig Drum Company Clinician and National Champion Frank Arsenault, he received his Bachelor of Music Degree from Fort Hays State University. His unique approach to teaching drum set and snare drum,combines amazing speed, precision, power, passion, musicianship, emotion and melodic/harmonic innovations that stem from his life-long composing/arranging experience. Mitch’s former students include university department heads, and professional players, teachers, and performers including internationally known U. of Kentucky professor James Campbell (former PAS president and caption head of the Cavaliers), Classical/Innovative Percussionist Mike Lorenz, Mike Mann (former caption head of the Phantom Regiment) Rob Carson (National Snare Drum Champion), Steve Fagiano, (IL State Snare Drum Champion), Rick Beckham (National Senior Snare Drum Champion), Dean Kranzler (Ft. Hays State U.), Mark Schnose and Jeff Sallee, Inventors of the LP “Cube” Shakers, Chris Crockarell of Row-Loff Publications and others. Mitch first developed his international reputation in percussion, as a clinician and educational representative for the Ludwig Drum Company. He has taught and performed at major universities throughout the United States including Indiana University, Ohio State University, the University of Southern California, the University of Texas, the University of Missouri at Kansas City Conservatory of Music, the University of Wisconsin, and Northwestern University. He was also a featured clinician at the Percussive Arts Society International Conventions in Columbus Ohio & Nashville Tennessee. A "Teacher’s Teacher", he loves to help students lay the musical and technical foundations that will let them reach their full potential. He headed the percussion department at FortHaysState University in Kansas for eight years. Mitch performed and taught at the International Festival of Percussive Arts and lectured at the International Percussion Congress in Warsaw Poland. He was a guest lecturer at the Fredrick Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw and did an exciting multi-city tour as featured soloist with the Polish National Military Band and Performed for the Polish/U.S. Embassy. While in Poland he also performed concerts, clinics and taught master classes at the Jelania-Gora Philharmonia Complex and Warsaw. In the drum & bugle corps field, he marched with the National Champion Chicago Cavaliers,and has taught, written, or consulted for the National Champion Chicago Cavaliers, the National Champion Chicago Royal Airs, the National Champion Argonne Rebels From Great Bend Kansas, the Santa Clara Vanguard, the 2002 Royal Air Reunion corps and many others.
I personalize every lesson to the interests and ability of the student. I make everything very easy and understandable no matter what the playing level of the student.
I like to pass on my love and passion for drumming and teaching to all my students. I focus on positive motivation and reinforcement, and getting my students to envision and achieve their full potential.
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