Shiner, Mitch

Percussionist, Milwaukee 

Mitch Shiner began playing drums at age eight, and has been studying percussion since age nine. For Mitch, 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.

Shiner, drummer and vibraphonist, graduated from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with a Bachelors degree in Jazz Studies. In addition, he received a prestigious Performer’s Certificate for completion of an outstanding senior recital. Mitch studied under Professors Steve Houghton and Michael Spiro.

Currently based in Milwaukee, WI, Mitch is an in-demand performer, active educator, and composer. He performs with groups of all genres and styles, including CNJ Latin Jazz, Mark Davis Quartet, Foreign Goods, Milwaukee Jazz Orchestra and Present Music.

In 2014, Mitch released his debut CD, “FLY!” to critical acclaim. The album features The BloomingTones Big Band, made up of his colleagues and mentors from Indiana University. “FLY!” invites listeners on a musical journey with five original compositions and five out-of-the-box arrangements. Mitch is a recording artist for Patois Records, a label fronted by Grammy-nominated trombonist, Wayne Wallace.

Mitch was one of Central Indiana’s most in-demand percussionists. In Bloomington, he performed with the Post Modern Jazz Quartet, Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Octet, and with Rachel Caswell’s Quartet. In Indianapolis, he performed with the Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra, legendary vocalist Everett Greene, and with Ana Gasteyer’s Columbia Club Cabaret Show.

In the recording studio, Mitch played concert percussion and timpani for music publishers including Alfred, Wingert Jones, and Hal Leonard. He recorded several creative projects for outstanding local artists varying from broadway classics to rock to modern Jazz. His discography can be found here.

In addition to performing, Mitch is an avid composer. Through the IU Hutton Honors College, Mitch received a Summer 2013 Creative Activity Grant. He composed five big band charts influenced by people and places in his hometown of Milwaukee, WI.

In the summer of 2012, he was one of 15 Jazz musicians to be invited to participate in the Steans Music Institute at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, IL. Through the program, he studied with Curtis Fuller, Rufus Reid, Nathan Davis, and David Baker.

In 2011, Mitch was selected from national auditions to perform in the 2011 Disneyland All-American College Band. In the AACB, Mitch was the lead drummer in the show band and drum set player for the big band, performing each day in the Disneyland Park. Directed by Dr. Ron McCurdy of the University of Southern California, the band performed weekly with guest artists including Rick Baptist, Sal Lozano, Jiggs Whigham, and Arturo Sandoval.

Mitch gains as much inspiration from playing and composing music as he does from teaching others about music. Recently he has conducted masterclasses at the University of Indianapolis, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Park Tudor School, and Nicolet High School. He was one of the featured clinicians for the 2015 Summerfest Big Band Camp, along with Curt Hanrahan and Mike Steinel. He currently is the Director of Percussion Studies at Cedarburg High School.

Mitch graduated from Nicolet High School in Milwaukee, WI. Mitch currently resides in Milwaukee, WI.