Mitchell began playing myriad instruments from a young age. He went on to study at Western Colorado University where he earned a B.A. in Comprehensive Music.
His primary emphasis was in Percussion Studies, while his secondary emphasis were in Piano and Saxophone.
When Mitchell is not teaching he is said to be reading voraciously, convening with nature, gardening, and cooking. He promotes social justice, environmental stewardship, and nonviolence.
F. George Damson music competition
Alumni Award for Excellence.