January 24, 2017

Mitchell joins the St Dennis Percussion Team

By stdennisband

The St.Dennis Band are delighted to announce the immediate signing of Mr John Mitchell. An outstanding, vastly experienced and hugely talented percussionist, John will be a massive addition to the band. Professional Musical Director Mr Darren R. Hawken commented:

I’m absolutely thrilled that John is signing in time for the West of England Regionals. I’ve known John for some time and he is without doubt one of the finest percussionists not just here in the South West of England but throughout the UK. With many contests and high profile concerts diarised for 2017 and beyond, his addition will now allow us to explore different contemporary repertoire for the brass band idiom and thus, continuing the development of this fine band.

John studied Percussion and Timpani at Trinity College of Music whilst performing with the Aveley and Newham, Britannia Building Society and Black Dyke Mills brass bands.  After graduating from TCM, John performed professionally with the English National Ballet & Opera Orchestra, Royal National Theatre, Bournemouth Sinfionetta, London West End musicals (Miss Saigon, Blood Brothers), the pop artist Bjork and the band Faithless. Whilst performing within London, John also held teaching positions with the Kent Music School and Kent College Canterbury.

In 2008, John was appointed by the London College of Music to work as a specialist Drum Kit and Orchestral Percussion examiner for LCM graded music examinations and diplomas.  His compositions for percussion have been selected and published by the London College of Music for their 2009 percussion and drum kit syllabus as well as the new LCM drum kit diploma syllabus being released in 2017.

Since returning to Cornwall to live John divides his full time teaching commitments between teaching Drums and Percussion within county secondary schools and classroom music teaching at Redruth School and Sixth Form.

John still performs regularly as a professional percussionist throughout the UK, he currently plays full time with the 1940’s American jump jive band Company B and regularly works on resident and touring shows at Theatre Royal Plymouth and Hall for Cornwall.

His qualifications in percussion performance and teaching include: GTCL, ALCM, LLCM, FLCM, PGCE.

I am extremely pleased and excited to have been asked by Darren to play for St Dennis Band, its a Brass Band with an incredible heritage and to be part of that is a great honour indeed – John Mitchell