Drew Bonner (b. 1991) is a musician, composer, performer, and educator. He is currently a DMA student at the University of Iowa where he is a recipient of the prestigious Iowa Performance Fellowship. He is a founding member of FivE, a euphonium quartet that performs theatrical shows incorporating choreography, singing, acting, and comedy into each performance. FivE has given performances and masterclasses throughout the US on topics ranging from pedagogy to business and entrepreneurship. Their debut CD, Five: Play, was heralded as “…entirely unique and exceedingly creative” by the ITEA journal. They have also collaborated in performance with Christopher Bill, Maniacal 4, and Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps.
Drew is an active composer and arranger. Each year he is commissioned to arrange music for high school and college marching bands across the country including The University of Wisconsin, Indiana University, and Kent State University. His original compositions has been performed at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference, the International Trombone Festival, the North American Brass Band Association, Texas Music Educators Association, the Midwest Clinic, The US Army Band Tuba-Euphonium Workshop, and many regional conferences and festivals.
As a performer and teacher, Drew has given guest recitals and masterclasses at The Pennsylvania State University, University of Oklahoma, Truman State University, and the Texas Low Brass Academy. Drew holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from The Pennsylvania State University and a Master’s degree in Music Performance with a teaching assistantship in Instrumental Conducting from The University of Texas at Austin. His primary teachers are Velvet Brown, Charles Villarrubia, and John Manning. Drew is a Besson performing artist and plays exclusively on a Besson Prestige 2051 euphonium.