In 1978 Drew began his venture into music when he was 11 years old by taking trumpet lessons for one year in elementary school. He then switched to learning to play guitar along with his brother. Drew also tinkered with piano, bass guitar, keyboards and vocals before deciding to concentrate on the instrument that came naturally, drums. In 1981 he discovered the masterpiece album “Moving Pictures” by Rush which had two major impacts on his musical life. First, it started a life-long obsession with Rush, and also it helped him realize that drumming could be much more than just a timekeeping role for the other musicians to follow. With this knowledge he started incorporating bells, chimes, gongs, miscellaneous percussion and electronics into his setup, which made playing and writing much more satisfying. Being self-taught, Drew learned to play by ear and dedicated countless hours practicing to improve his skills. He was heavily influenced by the progressive rock and metal bands of the 80’s such as Rush, Queen, Triumph, Kansas, Fates Warning, Dream Theater, Marillion, Iron Maiden, King Diamond and Jethro Tull,
Most of Drew’s life has been spent rehearsing and playing in the greater Cleveland, Akron and Youngstown areas opening and sharing stages with EdGuy, Proto-Kaw (Kerry Livgren from Kansas), Joey Belladonna from Anthrax, Michael Stanley and a myriad of popular musicians and touring bands at venues such as the Akron Civic Theater, Cleveland House of Blues, Twinsburg Perici Amphitheater, Warren Amphitheater, Jergel’s Rhythm Grill, Tralf Music Hall, and many local music festivals.
Currently Drew is a member of four projects: In Veritas, Straight On, First Snow and Permanent Waves.
In Veritas is an original project that has evolved over Drew’s entire musical career. Bringing his brother Dave back on guitar after taking a twenty five year hiatus from playing in a band, Chuck on vocals, and Ken (who has been a member of almost every project with Drew since they were teens) on bass.
Straight On – A Tribute to the music of Heart is a group of talented Northeast Ohio area musicians who have a love and passion for the music of Heart and aspire to recreate the music as accurately and precise as possible. Straight On’s outstanding vocals and musical versatility personify the richness and dynamics of Heart at their very best.
First Snow is a Trans-Siberian Orchestra inspired holiday show, featuring a variety of vocalists and musicians that bring the gift of music for Christmas. First Snow also helps local schools and charities with holiday fund-raising programs.
Permanent Waves – A Tribute to Rush is three talented musicians (and Rush fanatics) who recreate the roles and music of Rush through the ages, focusing on the fan favorites as well as their timeless epic compositions.
Drew’s original projects:
Byron Nemeth Group
Drew’s cover projects:
Drew’s tribute projects:
Signals - A Tribute to Rush
Permanent Waves - A Tribute to Rush (current)
First Snow - A Trans-Siberian Orchestra Influenced Holiday show (current)
Straight On - A Tribute to the music of Heart (current)
Drew’s current touring gear:
7-piece Gretsch Catalina Maple Drums
Pearl Icon Rack System
Pro-Mark Japanese Oak 747 Nylon Tip Sticks
13” Vintage 1964 Hi-Hats
8” Gospel Splash
10” Gospel Splash
15” Custom Brilliant Crash
16” Custom Brilliant Crash
18” Latin Crash
16” FXO China
21” Gospel Ride with sunburst effect