Drew Michael McWeeney is a Ph.D. student and professor of education at the University of Hartford where he teaches various teacher education courses and supervises student teachers.
Prior to his appointment at the University of Hartford, Mr. McWeeney spent five years in both rural and urban Connecticut as a public school preschool special education teacher.
He is the drummer for the Travelers Chorale, the oldest company-affiliated choral group in America, in addition to working actively as a freelance percussionist and a composer in the Northeastern United States.
His music–recorded on the independent labels–includes ten total discs. Three new works are in commission this year. Highlights include recent work with Jeewon Park, Ronald Carter, David Darling, William Boughton, Daniel Perkins, Michael Philip Mossman, Jerry Springer, Bruce Gregori, Charlie Morgan, Dennis Gallo, Nathan East and Guy Walker.
In addition to music, Mr. McWeeney is an opinion columnist whose polemical writings have been featured in state and national newspapers, and has been cited in various media outlets including, but not limited to: 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 his part in David Darling’s album Homage to Kindness.
Current projects include two books on education, a piece for string quartet and upright bass, a piece for percussion ensemble and multiple percussion, the writing and publishing of unfinished music of David Darling for producer Mickey Houlihan, a symphony for the University of California—San Diego Chamber Orchestra, music for the University of Northern Colorado Chamber Choir, and studio work for bassist Kenny Passarelli. He also freelances with various rock and roll cover bands and original bands.
Mr. McWeeney is also the owner of McWeeney Aquatic Consulting, LTP, LLC, and is licensed to practice in Connecticut. His firm specializes in aquatic programming, development, and services for both aquatic industry workers and facilities.