Meet Some of Our Mentors
DAVID PERCEFUL is a veteran producer, audio engineer, arranger, and session musician. His credits include numerous cd’s, commercials, jingles, industrial films, feature films, and trailers.
His client list of artists and bands includes Bowling for Soup, Caroline’s Spine, Jenny Labow, Phil Marshall, Brandon Jenkins, Rewake, Christy Romano, Oliver Black, Zac Maloy, Treaty As Allies, Calling Matthew, Midwest Kings, Seether, Junior Brown, Congress Of A Crow, Fanzine, Michael Martin Murphy, Hoobastank, James Hart, and 3 Days Grace. He also has done work for Universal Studios, Jive Records, Sony Music Group, EMI, Island Records and the British Broadcasting Corp. Dave has produced four projects at the famed Abbey Road Studios in London.His projects have been nominated for or won 18 Tulsa World “Spot Music Awards”, nine Urban Tulsa “Urbie” awards, and two Austin Chronicle music awards. As both producer and mixing engineer, he has charted seven songs on the FMQB top 200 and the Texas Music Chart top 30.His feature film credits include “Sam and Janet”, winner of the New York Independent Film Festival ‘Best Screenplay’ award; “Dukes of Hazard”; and, “The Fun Park”.
Dave is a well-known session musician and has contributed guitar and keyboard tracks to a number of recordings by numerous artists. In addition to session work, Dave has toured the U.S. and Europe with the Brandon Jenkins Band and Phil Marshall Band. Dave founded yellow DOG Studios in 1996 and is a member of the Society of European Stage Authors and Composers (SESAC), the Audio Engineering Society (AES), and National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) – more commonly known as The Grammy Foundation.
DONNY BAKER started as a live audio engineer in high school and just followed it where it took him. He toured as live engineer for 13 years with some of the bigger names in the music business and has been fortunate to work in this industry. He takes pride in knowing that when he sees the heads of the audience bobbing or the crowd dancing, it its because of him. Even though its the band writing the cool songs and playing them at shows; the audience is hearing him and his mix. The same goes for Donny’s recordings. The consumer is listening to him and his mix when they go out and buy that CD or they download it from iTunes or wherever. That is culmination of many years of learning and perfecting this craft. He is an Audio Engineer and he swears he wouldn’t change that for a second.
ANDREW SIMON graduated from Butler University in 1981 with a Bachelor Of Science degree in Telecommunications. Prior to graduation, some of his previous audio experiences included mixing live sound at Kings Island, live audio engineering for Calliope Sound & Light and working as a weekend DJ for WFMS radio. After graduation, he was hired as a staff engineer at TRC Studios in Indianapolis. While at TRC he was promoted to Chief Engineer, then Vice President. Andy left TRC in 1990 to join World Media Group, an emerging multi-media manufacturing company located in Indianapolis. He was hired as their mastering engineer but soon began moving up through the organization. He was promoted to Plant Manager, then Vice President of Operations. In the fall of 2000 he left WMG to re-join the recording industry. Andy was hired in February 2001 as the new Operations Manager for The Lodge Studios.
BRUCE VALERIANA was playing in and out of garage bands in the Montreal area throughout the late 70’s and early 80’s, and eventually found his way to Ottawa to study Computer Science, Bruce had always been strongly interested in the production/engineering aspect of the music industry (as evidenced by his early-teen-experimentation with sound-on-sound recording using a pair of cassette decks!) Finally having an opportunity to set-up a project studio for his personal use, he began honing his recording skills by producing recordings for himself and clients on an informal basis throughout the 80’s and 90’s. In November 1999, Bruce opened Blue Bear Sound – a fully-equipped, professional digital recording facility providing high-quality audio/video/multimedia services to the local Ottawa area. In addition to sound engineering and consulting at Blue Bear Sound, Bruce also produced BlueZinc’s self-titled debut CD before leaving the band in early 2003. In mid-2003, Bruce expanded the Blue Bear Sound facilities with a studio design by John-Sayers, which provided greater flexibility for client projects, as well as a great sound and ambiance that clients really appreciate.
DAVID MIKAEL has been an Audio Instructor for Recording Connection for 9 years now. I think their program is unique and very beneficial to the students that take the course. They offer a great alternative to some of the other schools that have sky high tuitions, and require at least 40 hrs a week of the students time. I believe that students can learn just as much from the course that I teach for Entertainment Career Connection as they can from other courses if they apply themselves. They also will be free of the financial and time consuming pressures. I also currently employ part time one of my graduated students James Woodrich.
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