Nick Drabik is in his 4th year of teaching and 3rd at Mauro-Sheridan School. His responsibilities include directing Wind Ensemble, Beginner Band, Pre-K general music and teaching Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, French Horn,Trombone and Percussion classes.
A Native of Sandy Hook, Connecticut Mr. Drabik attended Newtown High School where he met his high school sweetheart, whom he will be marrying on October 24th, 2015. He played trumpet and piano in the Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, sang in the Select Choir, marched with the award winning Marching Band and performed with the "Jazz for Juniors" jazz band in many venues throughout Connecticut for 7 years. In 2006, Mr. Drabik accompanied the Choir on the organ at St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City, Italy on Easter Monday. In 2007 Mr. Drabik was awarded the Connecticut Association of Schools Fine Arts Award, and the John Philip Sousa Award.
Mr. Drabik earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree at Western Connecticut State University with an additional three years studying organ performance, sacred music and conducting at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. While at Indiana he served as an active member of the American Guild of Organists. He also served as the organist at Centenary United Methodist Church in Lebanon, IN. Between 2008 and 2012, Mr. Drabik gave organ performances in Paris, Chicago, Bremen, Cappel, and Amsterdam. He studied conducting and performance pedagogy with professors Janette Fishell, Jeffery Smith, and Todd Wilson. While attending Western Connecticut State University, Mr. Drabik was principal trumpet of the Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble and lead trumpet in the Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Jimmy Greene. His studies included instrumental and choral pedagogy with Dr. Timothy Wiggins and Dr. Cory Ganschow, PreK-12 general music methods with Dr. Wesley Ball, curriculum development with Dr. Leah Stambler.
Mr. Drabik is an active member of the Connecticut Music Educators Association. He was also the organist of Our Lady of Mercy R.C. church in Plainville, CT up until 2016. Currently, he teaches private lessons at Family Music Center in Hamden, CT. He is currently living with his wife, Amy and their cat, Miles. In May 2016, Mr. Drabik was awarded the teacher of the Month award from Family Music Center in Hamden, CT.