Mitch Hebert is a percussionist for the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra, Wilmington Symphonic Winds, and frequently plays drums in the pit orchestra for Opera House Theatre Company and Thalian Association Community Theatre. Mitch is also the percussion instructor at University of North Carolina-Wilmington.
Mitch holds a MM in Percussion Performance (Oklahoma City University) and a BME (Alma College). He has performed with the Alma Percussion Ensemble which was invited to the Ford Detroit International Jazz Festival, Notre Dame Jazz Festival and others. He was lead snare in the Kiltie Marching Band and the award-winning Alma College Pipe Band - go Scots!
Mitch has performed with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Lansing Concert Band and Petoskey Steel Drum Band. Mitch also works as a Service Technician at Two Wheeler Dealer and enjoys the local mountain biking trails.
Here is an interview with Mitch in 2020:
How long have you played your instrument?
I started taking piano lessons in 3rd grade and I started making drums out of pots and pans at a very young age. So, let's say I've been playing percussion for 25 years.
How long have you been a Wilmington Symphony Orchestra musician?
For two years.
What do you do for a career?
I play music locally, teach percussion at UNCW, and I work part-time at Two Wheeler Dealer.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up on the west coast of Michigan in a small town called Petoskey.
What is your favorite song, artist, and/or musical memory?
One of my favorite musical memories is from high school when I got to perform in New Orleans at the Mardi Gras parade with the Petoskey Steel Drum Band.
Favorite meal or restaurant?
I have a lot of favorite meals.
What is your favorite vacation?
My favorite vacation is when Breana and I got married last year in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Best vacation ever.
You're stuck on a desert island... What book, music/album/artist, and/or movie do you want with you??
Armed with a hatchet, I'm certain I could craft some percussion instruments.
What's your pet situation?
We have two cats named YoYo and Weasley.
What do you want people to know about the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra?
The musicians work hard at their craft and Dr. Errante is a great leader.
How are you keeping yourself occupied while being at home all day?
My wife let me convert our guest bedroom into a music studio.
Any words of wisdom to help others through this?
Whether it's practicing an instrument or acts of kindness, don't forget to practice!
Beverly Andrews, Co-Concertmaster
Christine Maynard, Co-Concertmaster
Mary Jo White