Instructor - East Tennessee State University and Science Hill High School
David Mitchell is an active percussion educator, performer, and adjudicator. Currently he is teaching percussion chamber ensemble, music theory, and aural skills at East Tennessee State University. He is a percussion instructor at Science Hill High School, who presented a PASIC Showcase Concert in 2013. He often presents clinics at other schools in the region, and is an adjudicator for marching band competitions. He was formerly a principal percussionist for the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra. Mitchell regularly performs with bands from the Johnson City, Tennessee area. He has taught and performed throughout Tennessee, Virginia, and North Carolina. He is often given the opportunity to compose and arrange music for percussion ensembles and marching bands in these states.
Mitchell is currently a doctoral student of Dr. Eric Willie at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He received a Bachelor of Music at East Tennessee State University where he studied with Dr. Rande Sanderbeck, and a Master of Music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he studied with Dr. Kristopher Keeton. He studied composition and arranging with Dr. Maria Niederberger and Dr. Frank Grzych. Other supplemental studies include studio drumming with Dr. Tony Artimisi, frame drums and other world percussion with Sandy Blocker, West African djembe with Atiba Rorie, and tama with Mamadou Mbengue from Saint-Louis, Senegal. Other acclaimed percussionists that he has been involved with include Mark Ford, Dr. Nathan Daughtrey, and Mickey Burmer.
Along with Jason Carpenter and Dan McGuire, he is a cofounder and arranger for Tap 5 Percussion. He is proud to be a Majestic, Mapex, and Innovative Percussion artist. David Mitchell currently resides in East Tennessee with his wife, Carrie Mitchell.