Dr. Lucas Drew was a faculty member of the University of Miami Frost School of Music from 1959 to 2000. In June 2000 he became Professor Emeritus as well as Principal Double Bass Emeritus of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra. Dr. Drew was editor-in-chief of the International Society of Bassists (1974-82) and was the first double bassist to be elected President of the American String Teachers Association (1982-84). Over the years Dr. Drew has helped secure donations and initiate and guide several collections now housed in the Marta and Austin Weeks Music Library.
- Dating from the 1970s, The Frederick Zimmermann Memorial Series of Double Bass Music comprises some of the first works published by the University of Miami Music Publications (founding editor Dr. Alfred Reed). These publications were initiated by a gift from Dorothy Zimmermann, widow of Frederick Zimmermann, who during his distinguished career was Assistant Principal Double Bass of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, a faculty member at Juilliard School of Music, and one of the leading pedagogues and editors of double bass music of his generation. The collection consists of editions of American and European music and includes solos, etudes, methods, and pedagogical materials.
- The International Archive of Double Bass Recordings was established in 1997 by a gift from Alumni of the University, Paula and David Bonner. The collection of CDs, DVDs, and LPs is designed to assist students and professionals in their study of performing artists and the repertoire of the double bass. Dr. Drew and Brian Powell, current Professor of Double Bass, serve as advisors for the Archive. Visit the International Archive of Double Bass Recordings.
- The Lucas Drew Collection of Double Bass Music was donated in 2010. The collection includes approximately 175 works from many authors, as well as selected memorabilia concerning the bass. Other publications of Dr. Drew from Kalmus, Belwin/Mills, G. Schirmer, Carl Fischer, Schott, and others are also in circulation in the Weeks Music Library. The collection also includes Frost School of Music related archives which partially document the increased national prominence of the double bass. In general, during the second half of the 20th century, bass performance and pedagogy improved and achieved a level similar to the other bowed string instruments. UM bass students are contributing to the music profession in such roles as performers, teachers, administrators, composers, and conductors.
In 2001, Dr. Lucas Drew and Valerie Von Pechy Whitcup established St. Francis Music Publications (“a glimpse into the mind of the composer, our noble link to the world of music”). Since its inception, more than 100 works have been published for double bass, chamber music, string ensembles, harp solo, and other instrumentations. Copies can be found in the Weeks Music Library. Several works of Arnold Volpe, founder of the University of Miami Symphony Orchestra, are included. For the complete catalog and bio, visit www.stfrancismusic.com.