Drew Michael McWeeney holds duel degrees in both Early Childhood Education, and Music from Southern Connecticut State University, and a Ed.M. in Early Childhood Education from University of Hartford.
He is the drummer for the Travelers Chorale, the oldest company-affiliated choral group in America, in addition to freelance work with local and national professional and community group orchestras, big bands, Jazz bands, and other restaurant and bar bands in Connecticut. Highlights include live performances alongside musicians including Jeewon Park, Ronald Carter, Marty Morell, Nathan East, David Darling, William Boughton, Dan Perkins, Michael Philip Mossman, and Bruce Gregori.
His music–recorded on the independent labels–includes eleven discs. Two new releases and two new works are anticipated this year. Additionally, he has written, and currently writes for U.S. mass media filling out a composition catalog that includes music for nightlife venues, video games, films, documentaries, commercials, advertisements, radio and television shows, educational programs and materials, ringtones and more.
In addition to his music work and active performing schedule, Mr. McWeeney is an opinion columnist whose writings have been published in state and national newspapers—with some including the New Haven Register, the Chicago Tribune, the Hartford Courant—and is cited in the Indian newspaper Rising Nepal, CNN, and The Atlantic. He earned the Eagle Scout rank in 2012. He is currently teaching preschool special education, and was the subject for Southern Connecticut State University's national television commercial. In 2020, Mr. McWeeney was responsible for engraving music and compositional revisions for Grammy-winning cellist and Goshen, Connecticut resident David Darling’s album release titled Homage to Kindness, and was nominated for a 2020 GRAMMY award.
Due to COVID-19, Mr. McWeeney has canceled all live in-person engagements and shows until further notice. Because of this, he is spending his time finishing up new work with engineer Mickey Houlihan, studio work with musicians Guy Walker and Dennis Gallo, Charlie Morgan, and writing a selection of pieces for commission - including one for bassist Nathan East.
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.