Drew Michael McWeeney is a Ph.D. student in music education with an emphasis in adaptive early childhood music education at the University of Hartford's Hartt School of Music.
He is the drummer for the Travelers Chorale, the oldest company-affiliated choral group in America, in addition to working as a freelance musician and composer in the Northeastern United States.
His music–recorded on the independent labels–includes ten discs: Five of jazz, one of choral, three of classical, and one of R&B/soul. Two new releases and two new works will be in commission this year.
In addition to music, Mr. McWeeney is an opinion columnist whose polemical writings have been featured in media outlets including, but not limited to, MenTeach, the Chicago Tribune, New Haven Register, Hartford Courant, as well as been cited in CNN, The Atlantic, and the Indian newspaper Rising Nepal. In 2019, he was the subject for Southern Connecticut State University's national television commercial. In 2020, Mr. McWeeney received a GRAMMY® nomination for writing two of the tracks—and providing compositional revisions—for David Darling’s album Homage to Kindness.
Mr. McWeeney is spending his time these days teaching preschool special education, playing percussion and drums as a freelance theater pit musician, and commissioning new compositional and studio work—including work for bassist Nathan East, producer Mickey Houlihan, the University of California-San Diego, the University of Colorado-Denver, and music for bassist Kenny Passarelli. He is writing and publishing two books in the education field as well.
Mr. McWeeney is also the owner of McWeeney Aquatic Consulting, LLC and is licensed to practice in Connecticut. His firm specializes in aquatic programming, development, and services for both aquatic industry workers and aquatic facilities, and is a frequent lecturer for the Connecticut and National Recreation and Parks Associations on topics in aquatics.