Fletcher Mitchell

Yamaha Performing Artist & Clinician,

Royal Australian Navy Band and

PhD student at the University of Southern Queensland


Fletcher was born in Bundaberg, Australia in 1982 and is one of five children. He is married to Chrissie, whom he met while studying music together at university in 2001. They were married in 2005 and now have two beautiful children, Lachlan and Adele.

 

Fletcher began his musical career on the baritone at the age of 8 in the school brass band. He soon moved on to the euphonium and joined the local community brass band where his love for music grew. He performed in many solo competitions at local, state and national level with great success winning many junior and open sections. Fletcher was fortunate enough to perform at the opening ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games as part of a marching band made up of musicianss from all over the world.

 

He studied a Bachelor of Music (Performance) at the University of Southern Queensland where he received a HD (high distinction) for every one of his recitals. Fletcher then went on to become an instrumental music teacher and taught brass at the Fraser Coast Anglican College in Hervey Bay, Queensland. As well as conducting both primary and high school bands, he conducted the local brass band. 

 

In mid 2006, Fletcher auditioned for the euphonium position with the Royal Australian Navy Band. He won the position and moved to Melbourne, Victoria to join the band in January 2007. Since joining the Navy Band, Fletcher has been a prolific soloist performing solos with the band all over Australia. Amongst the highlights of his career with the band include performing as a soloist with the wind band for an ABC Classic FM live radio broadcast and recording 'Harlequin' by Philip Sparke with wind band. He has performed with the Navy band all over the world including the US, Europe, Asia and the Pacific. 

 

In 2013, Fletcher traveled to the United States where he performed as a soloist at the IEI Festival for euphonium and tuba held at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. He returned to the United States in 2014 where he performed a recital of world premiere Australian euphonium solos at the International Tuba-Euphonium Conference in Bloomington, IN. 


2015 started with a tour through the UK, France and Belgium with the highlight being working with David Thornton at the Royal Northern Music College in Manchester. Fletcher returned to France in April to perform with the Royal Australian Navy Band at the 100th Anniversary ANZAC Day dawn service in Villers-Bretonneux. As well as guest solo performances all over Australia, 2015 also saw Fletcher travel to Florence in July as the euphonium artist at the Italian Brass Week where he taught, gave masterclasses and performed a recitals of Australian music in the Florence Opera House and other venues around Florence. 


In 2016, Fletcher returned to the Unites States for his third trip as a soloist performing a solo recital of Australian euphonium works at the International Tuba-Euphonium Conference (ITEC) in Knoxville TN. After working casually as a low brass teacher at Monash University in Melbourne during 2015, Fletcher took up a staff position at the university in 2016 as a Teaching Associate (Low Brass) teaching euphonium and tuba. 


2017 saw Fletcher relocate to Brisbane for work with the Navy Band as well as tenor tuba with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.  In June, Fletcher visited Japan for the first time doing a 2 week tour including Toyko, Hamamatsu, Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe and Hiroshima. Upon returning from Japan he commenced his PhD study at the University of Southern Queensland researching Australian euphonium works. 


2018 commenced with workshops and masterclasses at Youth and Summer music schools across Australia. Once again Fletcher will travel to almost every state of Australia as a guest soloist performing with some of the top wind and brass bands. 2018 will also see Fletcher travel to the Blatic region in Northern Europe in July and August.