Photo Credit: Alexander Orlando
Photo Credit: Alexander Orlando

Mitchell Shiner began playing drums at age eight, and has been studying percussion since age nine. For Mitchell, music has as always been about connecting with an audience. Whether on stage or on a recording, his vibrant, high-energy style permeates every performance.

Mitchell Shiner is a drummer, vibraphonist, and composer, based in Milwaukee, WI. Mitch graduated from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies. Mitch studied under Professors Steve Houghton, Michael Spiro, Wayne Wallace, and Dr. David Baker.

Currently, Mitch serves as the Chair of Jazz & Contemporary Music at The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. At WCM, Mitch teaches percussion lessons to students of all ages. Through the WCM Connections program, he teaches a World Percussion curriculum to high-need students in the Milwaukee Public School district. Mitch teaches Jazz combos and ensembles for high school students and lifelong learners alike. The administrative and artistic team at WCM is creating programming that reflects the contemporary music scene — empowering our students to explore a diverse world of music.

Mitch is an in demand performer in the Milwaukee area, appearing with local talent including Jamie Breiwick, David Wake, Cecilio Negron, and with groups such as Present Music and The Milwaukee Jazz Orchestra. Mitch has shared the stage with nationally and internationally renowned artists including Lynne Arriale, Issa Nyaphaga, Jim Rotondi, David Hazeltine, and Ron Vincent.

Mitch is a bandleader and composer. “Mitch Shiner and Latin Vibes” has been featured in concert by the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), and the Jewish Community Center for events like Latke Con Salsa and Carnaval De Purim. “Match Stick” is a tour de force fusion band, playing exclusively genre-bending original material for electric quartet.

While away from noise-making activities, Mitch enjoys cooking Korean style food, crafting wind chimes out of teapots and silverware, and taking short walks with his very fluffy Pomeranian named Lucky.