Drew Michael McWeeney (b. 1995), has received many recognitions from the CMEA, NEA, CEA, and the Festivals of Music. He holds 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 has 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 trios performing frequently, consisting of Branford Marsalis composer and professor Mark Kuss and bassist Jesse Raccio. His composition for concert band was commissioned by Drexel University in 2018.
Highlights include live performances alongside 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 the New Haven Register and 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 is currently in the process of writing two books.
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 remote work alongside longtime Elton John band musicians Charlie Morgan, Shirley Lewis, Tony Rivers as well as former Backstreet Boys band members Guy Walker and Dennis Gallo. He was the subject for Southern Connecticut State University’s national TV commercial. He performs frequently with Bruce Gregori, as well as local bands in Connecticut.
Finally in 2019, Mr. McWeeney was responsible for engraving music for Grammy-winning cellist and Goshen, Connecticut resident David Darling’s album release titled Homage to Kindness, which was nominated for a 2020 GRAMMY award.
He is currently an Ed.M. student 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.