Drew Michael McWeeney (b. 1995), has received recognitions from the CMEA, NEA, CEA, and Festivals
of Music. He holds a B.S. in Education and a B.A. in Music from Southern Connecticut State University.
He works as the Lyman Center’s resident pit orchestra percussionist and drummer, and established major work with local and national professional and community group symphony orchestras, big bands, and freelance bands.
He is the drummer for the Travelers Chorale, the oldest company-affiliated choral group in America, in addition to his own Jazz trio performing frequently, consisting of Branford Marsalis composer and professor Mark Kuss and bassist Jesse Raccio. He also developed his ten-piece Jazz dectet. His composition for concert band was recently commissioned by Drexel University in 2018.
Highlights include live performances alongside highly-regarded and world-renowned musicians including pianist Jeewon Park, bassist Ron Carter, trumpeter Michael Philip Mossman, the Al Fenton Big Band, drummer Marty Morell, bassist Nathan East, cellist David Darling, and conductor William Boughton.
His music–recorded on the independent labels–includes eleven discs: Five of Jazz, four of orchestral, one
of choral, and one of New Wave and Rap. Two new releases and compositions are anticipated this year.
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 New Haven Register, Chicago Tribune, Hartford Courant, Connecticut Mirror, and the Republican-American. He is cited in the Indian newspaper Rising Nepal, and has been cited in both CNN and The Atlantic. He presents at state and national conferences each year, is a music adjudicator, and also is currently in the process of three research grants projects and a novel.
He earned the Eagle Scout rank in 2012.
Mr. McWeeney is currently teaching preschool in Connecticut and is in the process of working on a concerto and other projects with Grammy-winning bassist Nathan East and session work for Grammy-winning cellist David Darling. He was the subject for Southern Connecticut State University’s national TV commercial. He performs frequently
with national recording and touring artist Bruce Gregori, as well as local bands across Connecticut.
Finally, in 2019, Mr. McWeeney, was responsible for engraving music for David Darling’s album release titled
Homage to Kindness, and was recently nominated for a 2020 GRAMMY award.
He is currently an Ed.M. candidate at the University of Hartford.
He is available for studio recording sessions, live performances, presentations, as well as for electronic
music-visual media creations upon request. 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.