South Walton’s school of rock: Ohana kids don't miss a beat

Published: Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 04:54 PM.

Whether students hope to pursue music after graduation, they will certainly have Mitchell's blessing. Even knowing first-hand how tough the industry can be, he's not going to hold any students back.

"I'm not going to tell them that they can't," he said. "You have to go after your dream."

'There's no school out there like this'


Before he came to Ohana in 2011, Mitchell, alongside his brothers, was in a band named Georgia. The band was signed to Atlantic Records in 2007.

Mitchell's first attempt at learning an instrument was not a successful one. Shortly after joining his middle school band and playing the trumpet, he left thinking the band experience was not for him, and he didn't change his mind until high school when he picked up a guitar. With that back story, Mitchell tries to help kids discover and develop their passion instead of putting them in a proverbial box.

"I don't want them to have boundaries," he said.

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