Andrew Douglass "Drew" Parent is a versatile percussionist, music educator, clinician, composer and arranger from Toledo,OH. His experience includes teaching and performing in a variety of percussion areas including drumset, mallet percussion, orchestral percussion, marching percussion, and improvisation. He has lived a life rich in musical exploration starting at the age of seven with piano lessons followed by guitar, bass, saxophone, and finally percussion. Drew holds a Bachelors in Music Education from Saginaw Valley State University, a Masters of Music in Percussion Performance from Central Michigan University, and a Specialist Certificate in Jazz Improvisation from Berkley College of Music Online. Drew has had the privilege to study with Andrew Spencer, Gary Burton, Gwendolyn Dease, Jonathon Ovalle, Eric Shinn, Tony Rongo, Colin Mcnutt, Lee Beddis, Chris Hestin, Martin Hotte, Richard Hogan, Greg Cole, Robbie Smith, and Jeff Hall.
Currently, Drew is the Drumline Director and on adjunct music faculty at Bowling Green State University (OH), Professor of Percussion/Music Theory at Owens Community College (Toledo, OH), and Percussion Director at Maumee Public Schools (Maumee, OH). Drew also offers private lessons, studio drumming, and percussion recording in his home studio.
Along with teaching, Drew also maintains an active career as a performer in multiple music genres and on multiple percussion instruments. His current and most active projects are Detroit based percussion quartet Rela Percussion and Toledo based Funk/Rock band GreenAcre Sessions. Drew also has an extensive background in the marching arts which includes seven seasons of indoor drumline (WGI) with Northcoast Academy Percussion Ensemble and Arthur Hill High School, along with five seasons of drum corps (DCI) with the Madison Scouts, the Glassmen, and the Amercianos Drum and Bugle Corps.