John Evans, Principal Timpani
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 Orchestra, 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.
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 Orchestra since 1989.
John Evans is underwritten by
Mrs. Carolyn L. Ross.