John Evans, principal timpanist, received a B.M.E. degree from Ohio State University and a M.M. degree from Temple University, where he was a student of Alan Abel, former associate principal percussionist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Evans has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Columbus Symphony and has served as timpanist/ principal percussionist with the Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus. He has appeared as soloist with the Naples Philharmonic, the Naples Philharmonic Baroque Ensemble, the Pasadena Symphony, the Knightwind Ensemble of Milwaukee and the Ohio State University Symphony. In 1986 he won the Drum Corps International individual mallet competition.
Evans is currently treasurer of the Florida chapter of the Percussive Arts Society, a position he has held since 1997. He has twice been a featured clinician for the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. He is a symphonic endorser and clinician for the Sabian Cymbal Corporation and Grover Pro Percussion.
Evans resides in Naples with his wife and two sons. He and his wife established the Hannah Grace Evans Memorial Fund for Children’s Music in memory of their daughter, through which they hope to increase the availability of music for young children. Evans is an avid collector of antique mechanical kitchen items, highlighted by his collection of over 90 apple peelers. He has been a member of the Naples Philharmonic since 1989.
John Evans is underwritten by Louise and Henry Leander.
Name: John Evans
Hometown: Utica, OH
At what age did you begin playing your instrument? Piano (8), Percussion (10), Timpani (13).
Who have been your greatest musical influences? Alan Abel (percussionist, Philadelphia Orchestra), Cloyd Duff (timpanist, Cleveland Orchestra), Phil Shipley (percussionist, Columbus Symphony).
Who are your favorite composers? John Adams, Beethoven, Mahler.
What career path would you have taken had you not chosen music? Probably psychology, maybe engineering.
What's currently playing on your iPod or CD player? Pat Metheny Group; Ella Fitzgerald; Earth, Wind and Fire.
Your hobbies and interests: Collecting antique mechanical kitchen items, especially apple peelers.
Some little-known, yet interesting facts about you: I've been in all 48 of the continental states. I was an extra in a movie in the early '80s.
Daily practice rituals: At the moment, no rituals. Just make sure I'm prepared to play what's on the stand for the coming week.
The question you're asked most often about your instrument (and your answer): "You play pitches on those things?" My answer: "Yes."
Your favorite part about playing in the Naples Philharmonic: Enjoying going to work. Not everyone can say that.