Trebas Institute graduate is nominated for 2 Grammy Awards

    MONTREAL, Feb. 4 /CNW Telbec/ - Mike Piersante, Recording Engineer/Mixer,
a graduate of Trebas Institute, is nominated by the National Academy of
Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS) for two of the most important "Grammy"
Awards (February, 2009), "Record of the Year" and "Album of the Year". Mike
was the Engineer/Mixer for the track "Please Read The Letter" from the album
"Raising Sand" performed by Robert Plant (of Led Zeppelin) and Alison Krauss.
This unusual recording and combo of artists was produced by the legendary T.
Bone Burnett. The single track is up for a Grammy for Record of the Year. The
second Grammy Award that the Trebas graduate, Mike Piersante, is nominated for
is the album, "Raising Sand". This will not be Mike's first Grammy Award,
since a few years ago, he was honored with the Grammy for Alison Krauss &
Union Station's "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" Mike works regularly with T. Bone
Burnett at the latter's studio in Los Angeles. Mike has also done music
recording and mixing for films including "Across The Universe", "Happy Feet" ,
"Cold Mountain", among many others.
    One of the first colleges in North America to offer training and
education in the music business, the recording arts and sciences, and audio
engineering & production, Trebas Institute has been a leader in developing
advanced curricula for the industry. Thousands of students have gone through
the academic programs at Trebas and many graduates have done extremely well.
However, it is rare for anyone to win the "big prize", the Grammy" Award, or
the Juno , which several Trebas grads have won in the past.
    Mike Piersante is not the first Trebas graduate to win a Grammy. Jeremy
Harding, artist manager/producer/songwriter/ publisher/recording engineer, won
the Grammy for his artist Sean Paul. Jeremy graduated from Trebas in 1989.
    "It is the intensity, comprehensiveness, and focus of the courses
(towards the needs of the industry) that produce such a high calibre and
quantity of successful graduates," says David P. Leonard, President and
Founder of Trebas Institute. "Of course, we're proud of all of our grads for
their hard work at the Institute and for their resultant achievements, but it
is especially rewarding to hear about our graduates who are recognized by
their peers, at the highest level, such as Mike Piersante and Jeremy Harding.
I am thrilled to hear this incredible news and I congratulate our graduates
for their achievements. When prospective students come to the college for
their first interview and ask the Admissions Counsellor whether or not there
will be a job for them after they complete their studies, the most honest
answer we can give is 'Yes, there's a position for anyone who wants it badly
enough, provided you put in the extreme effort required to acquire the
knowledge, skills, and professional attitude necessary to succeed; it takes
passion, focus, and a modicum of talent in the respective field to succeed'"

    Trebas Institute has campuses in Toronto and Montreal, with fulltime,
one-year Diploma programs in Audio Engineering & Production and DJ Arts,
Entertainment Management, Film & Television Production, and Event & Venue
Management." Trebas instructors are working professionals in the industry,
which helps to keep the course material "up-to-date" to meet the current and
future needs of the music, film, television, and event management industries,"
says Leonard. For further information concerning details of the Trebas
curriculum, instructors, successful graduates, and Trebas special events,
check out the Website at or contact the Admissions Department
at either campus.

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For further information:

For further information: David P. Leonard, President/CEO/Founder, Trebas
Institute, (514) 845-4141,

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