World’s Strongest Violinist Evan Pittman took a break from studying for final exams today to recite the pledge of allegiance and play the national anthem to kickoff Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s December 16th campaign stop in Arizona.
Evan was contacted by Trump’s advance team early in the week, and invited to play the anthem on his violin to kickoff Trump’s last 2016 Arizona campaign rally. Playing onstage in a large hangar at the Mesa Gateway Airport, Evan rocked his Irish fiddling-inspired version of the anthem, with an estimated 5000 attendees singing along in unison.
“It was an honor to be asked by one of the Presidential candidates to play the anthem at his rally,” Evan said afterwards. “Although I have played at events all over the country, this was my first political rally. Hopefully, there will be more opportunities like this in the future!”
Evan and his mother bypassed the line of supporters waiting to get through security, and were ushered into the hangar by the Secret Service, mingling with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and Congressional candidate former Air Force LtCol Wendy Rogers, before Evan led the 5000 attendees in the pledge of allegiance, and then played the anthem for the boisterous crowd.
Evan is available to play the national anthem or patriotic music for rally events for Republicans, Democrats or Independents.