Dan Mitchell is a native Texan, born in 1935 and raised in Ranger, Texas, graduating from the public High School there in 1954. His college education has been obtained from well regarded Universities such as Rice, North Texas State, East Texas State, and Abilene Christian University. He holds a Bachelor of Education degree, and a Master’s degree in Counseling and Guidance. In addition to his educational pursuits, Dan found the time between 1959 and 1968 to serve as 1st Lieutenant in the Army Reserves. Mr. Mitchell taught at Ranger, Clyde, and Pittsburg in the Texas public school system from 1964-1979, applying his talents to the teaching of biology, and science, as well as coaching football, basketball and track. He is responsible for the implementation of choir programs in both Clyde and Pittsburg. He then went into business, owning and operating his own music store from 1979-1989.
Dan Mitchell has studied classical guitar in master classes with Ricardo Iznaola, Douglas Neidt, and David Tanenbaum. He has studied jazz guitar with Martin Taylor and performed in master class with Bucky Pizzarelli. He has recorded five solo C.D.s and given many classical guitar recitals. He has performed Concerto in D by Vivaldi and Concierto de Aranjuez by Rodrigo with the collegiate orchestra.
Dan Mitchell has been Adjunct Instructor of Guitar at Abilene Christian University and Hardin-Simmons University for thirty-five years. Several of his students have earned doctoral degrees in Guitar Performance. He has performed in restaurants and for special events for over two decades, much to the delight of crowds and audiences. Dan's music has been described as soothing and relaxing, which transports the listener to wonderfully tranquil places.
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