Raised in a strong military family, Evan Pittman has always focused on community and civic service as a major part of his life. While living in Virginia during elementary school, he asked classmates who attended his birthday parties to not bring gifts, but rather donations which could be presented to local non-profits, including the United Services Organization (USO), the relief fund for Hurricane Katrina victims, and the Semper Fi Wounded Marine fund. In sixth grade, he led a donation campaign to collect shoes and school supplies for Afghan children in Kabul, Afghanistan, which his father, who was serving in Afghanistan, personally delivered.
Evan has performed with his violin for more than 90,000 people since he began his musical outreach efforts at age 12. While attending Christ the King Catholic School in Tampa, Florida as a fifth grader, he played for a variety of charitable and non-profit functions as part of a small strings group. By sixth grade, he was performing for weekly mass at the Our Lady by the Bay chapel on MacDill Air Force Base as a way to regularly serve his religious community.
Bringing joy and peace to others through his music inspired his musical outreach campaign. At age 12, after his grandmother suffered a debilitating stroke, Evan began to play for her in an assisted living facility, and he saw how it lifted not only her spirits, but the spirts of other patients around her. Playing for the elderly and disabled grew into a musical campaign that touches thousands annually.
In eighth grade, Evan developed a bluegrass version of the national anthem, and had opportunity that year to play it to kick-off competition at the AAU Junior Olympic Games in Houston, and at a Tampa Bay Rays – Texas Rangers Major League baseball game. Playing the anthem added another level to his public performances, and enabled him to reach thousands at a time.
When Evan’s parents moved to Arizona in summer 2014 after his father’s military retirement, they enrolled him at Prestige Music Academy in Central Phoenix for his private music instruction. Evan began performing for residents at Phoenix assisted living facilities and playing weekly mass at St. Thomas the Apostle church within a few weeks after his family arrived in Phoenix, well before he had begun school or they had found a place to live. Shortly thereafter, he became the youngest Arizona musician performing with Musicians on Call for child cancer patients at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
Evan’s community outreach through music has generated far more requests to play than he can accommodate. In addition to performing more than 100 volunteer hours with his Musical Outreach in both 2015 and 2016 at his church, veterans and nursing homes, he also performed the national anthem multiple times in large public venues in Phoenix, including Major League baseball games in 2015, 2016 and 2017, the Phoenix Veterans Day Parade, Veterans Day ceremonies, functions for the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame, the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, the Arizona chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, and a presidential campaign rally.
Evan was been awarded America’s highest award for volunteerism, the Presidential Volunteer Service Award, twice (2015 & 2016) for his musical outreach efforts. His personal volunteerism has grown every year in high school, and has included raising money for combat-wounded veterans, coaching youth athletes, and serving as a sports official with the Amateur Athletic Union. Evan was recently recognized as the 2017 City of Phoenix Outstanding Young Man of the Year 2017 City of Phoenix Outstanding Young Man of the Year . In recognition of his extensive volunteerism, Evan has received scholarships from the AXA Foundation, the American Legion Auxiliary, Ronald McDonald House and the Fisher House Foundation.
Playing for promotion reception — age 10, Norfolk, Virginia
Violin June 2013
Wedding in Santé Fe, age 11
Playing for mass at Saint Thomas the Apostle Catholic Parish, Phoenix
2014 concert – Phoenix nursing home
National anthem before Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers pro baseball game
Dowling Catholic High School Strings Quartet — summer 2013
Tampa Preparatory School Strings Ensemble – summer 2012
Tampa Prep Strings Ensemble performance, Orlando, Florida