John C. Mitchell (aka Johnbaton) teaches twirling to children and young adults all across the United States. Stationed in Los Angeles, California, John works primarily in the communities of Hollywood, South Central, and Santa Barbara. An accomplished twirler, John has World Open and Collegiate Champsionship titles and was the first African American and male feature twirler for the Pennsylvania State University's Marching Blue Band.
John has made appearances on Soul Plane, I've Got a Secret, Dance 360, Showtime At the Apollo, and the Clippers and LA Lakers' Haltime shows. John is also an international NBTA Judge and Coach to nationally ranked twirling champions and Miss Majorette title winners. John's teaching philosophy is that through hard work, dedication, focus, and having fun, anyone can be guided toward achieving their fullest potential. 1
John Mitchell's audition in Episode 203 consisted of a baton twirling and juggling performance. Piers Morgan buzzed the act. Nevertheless, Piers and David Hasselhoff both voted "Yes", sending John to the Vegas Round.
John Mitchell was sorted into the "Variety" category during the Vegas Round. His performance in Episode 205 consisted of a baton twirling routine, this time with the batons on fire, and at one point John juggled three flaming batons. Piers Morgan called him the "most improved act" from the auditions. Despite the positive comments, his audition was not strong enough for the judges to send him to the Vegas Round shortlist, eliminating him from the competition along with The Magic of Eli Kerr and Hollywood Steppers