Evans named East Central Collegians director; guitar instructor
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 1:00 AM
Chas Evans is a recent addition to the music faculty at East Central Community College in Decatur, announced ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart.
Evans will serve as guitar/music instructor and director of the Collegians - the College's rock 'n' roll group.
The ECCC alumnus is a former member of the popular group, led for 31 years by Thomas W. Carson who recently lost his battle to cancer.
Evans said he hopes to continue the tradition of "music excellence" as established by Carson during his distinguished career as EC's Director of Bands.
"Mr. Carson lit up the lives in this community with his love of music," said Evans." I hope to pass along the spark that he lit in me to future generations of aspiring musicians."
Evans, a Chunky native, brings several years of teaching experience to his new position.
He began his teaching career as a guitar instructor at Mississippi Music stores in Meridian and Hattiesburg, serving from Sept. 1998 to August 2003.
During this time, he also taught guitar classes at Southwest Mississippi Community College in Summit, from August 2002 to May 2003.
He served as guitar and music theory instructor at Holmes Community College in Goodman, from January 2003 to December 2006.
He mostly recently served as guitar instructor for Selah Music Instruction in Flowood from April 2012 to May 2013.
In addition to his teaching career, Evans is an award-winning performer. He received a first place award at the 1999 Mississippi Music Teacher Association Guitar Competition and finished runner-up in the 2000 Pine Belt Guitar Symposium.
He has also performed as a member of the Mississippi Guitar Quartet and was recorded on the group's album, "Soundscapes," which was published through Centaur Records.
In 2006, Evans and the quartet performed various selections from their "Soundscapes" album at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Evans has also participated as a guest judge in the Mississippi Music Teacher Association Guitar Competition and at the Pinebelt Guitar Symposium, where he gave a master class for the competitors.
In 2012, Evans released his solo album "Mississippi Sounds," featuring pieces inspired by the state's heritage and scenery.
He is also a former member of the Mississippi Army National Guard. He was deployed in Operation Noble Eagle in Washington, D.C., and Operation New Dawn in Baghdad, Iraq.
Evans received an Associate of Arts degree from ECCC in 1999.
He continued his education at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, earning a Bachelor of Guitar Performance in 2001 and a Master of Music Performance degree in 2003.
He served as a graduate teaching fellow at USM from August 2001 to May 2003, and during this time served as conductor of the USM Guitar Orchestra. While a student at USM, Evans studied under acclaimed guitar instructor Giovanni De Chiaro.
Evans and his wife, Laura, reside in Decatur.
They have two children, Katie and Chas Michael.