A Los Angeles native, Drew studied at CSUN, Cal Arts, USC and the Institute for Advanced Musical Studies in Switzerland. Soon after, he became Principal Bass of the Santa Barbara Symphony, the Ventura Symphony and the Pacific Symphony. Since then he has played and toured through America and Europe performing with such prestigious artists as Zubin Mehta, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Pablo Casals. His diverse career has seen him record and perform Argentina’s beloved Tango with some of that genre’s most famous stars.
Currently Principal Bass of the Pasadena Symphony and the Los Angeles Symphonic Jazz Orchestra, he has also served as Principal Bass with the Los Angeles Opera, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic supplement a busy schedule. An active recording musician during the last four decades, he has recorded over fifteen hundred motion picture soundtracks with composers such as John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Henry Mancini, Elmer Bernstein, Danny Elfman and 80 scores with the late James Horner, dating back to his student projects at UCLA in the 70’s. His recent chamber music concerts include performances of Stravinsky’s L'Histoire du Soldat and new works by Peter Schickele. An avid cyclist, he also skis with passion and paraglides when time permits.