photo: Dave Wexler
Peter Drew passed through many lifetimes until he honed in on a career in music. As a teenager, he joined the high school orchestra but nothing came of it. He then bought a student clarinet, looked at it, blew a few notes and stuck it in a closet.
There were myriad jobs, but what finally stuck was a career in teaching at the secondary and college levels. But the music was missing.
That was when he decided to take music seriously, joined a symphonic band, and dove into the classical and jazz repertoire.
Together with a group of like-minded musicians, he founded the St. Albans Jazz Ensemble performing jazz and pop standards. Before long, studying with the composer Philip Rothman, he began arranging and composing and loving every minute of it.
Symphony No. 1 “Reminiscence”
Catalog Number: NV6441