Wisconsin Conservatory of Music

Mitch is currently the Percussion Department Coordinator at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in Milwaukee, WI. The Conservatory provides music instruction to aspiring musicians of all levels and ages in the Milwaukee community. Mitch teaches middle school world percussion classes at five different schools in the Milwaukee Public School system. He teaches private lessons, coaches Jazz ensembles, and facilitates a composition-based percussion ensemble. More information on the mission of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music can be found here.

Mike Balter Mallets

Mike Balter Logo

Mitch is a proud endorsing artist for Mike Balter Mallets. I encourage my students to seek out the best possible sound, and in my opinion that starts with the best mallets. Mike Balter’s mallets help percussionists bring out an instrument’s true colors, full range of dynamics, and are made with superb craftsmanship and care. More about Mike Balter’s full line of products and other artists can be found here.

Clinics and Workshops

“Round Trip Ticket”

Latin Jazz meets Percussion Ensemble. Students go on a musical tour of Cuba, Brazil, and The United States as they learn six compositions based on rhythms and songs from each country. Non-percussionists encouraged to come along for the ride!

“Drummer as Conductor: Chart Management

Geared towards drummers and big band rhythm sections, but helpful for all instrumentalists. Chart management and organizational skills. Singing along with the band. Intensity and density. Understanding a big band chart and developing a clear concept of direction throughout a performance.

“Some Assembly Required: Set-ups and Kicks”

The most fun playing in a big band is playing with the horn section. This clinic will help your drummers understand shout choruses, background figures, and ensemble sections. A few tricks up our sleeve will make for a tight band sound.

“Essential Styles”

The most valuable asset to a drummer is the number of styles we can play authentically. Covered in this clinic are: Swing, Shuffle, New Orleans Second Line, Bossa Nova, Mambo, and James Brown-style Funk.

Private Lessons

Mitch teaches one-on-one lessons to students of all ages and skill levels.


“Mitch creates an excitement in his students about music that is wonderful.  He did a fantastic job working with our students both in the private lesson and ensemble rehearsal settings.  My students loved working with Mitch.” — Chuck Flowers, Director of Bands, Park Tudor School, Indianapolis, IN

Summerfest Big Band Camp 2015

Summerfest Big Band Camp 2015

Round Trip Ticket 2 copy

“Round Trip Ticket” Clinic/Performance

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