Ike Evans grew up on Long Island, New York, 21 miles from mid-town Manhattan. As a tuba student, he studied with several professional tuba players, including Don Butterfield of the Radio City Music Hall orchestra. He attended the University of Michigan School of Music, and following graduation was accepted into the U.S. Marine Band (“The President’s Own”), where he served for 28 years. In the years 1975 and 76, he held a position in the U.S. Armed Forces Bicentennial Band and Chorus as principal tubist. It was while there that he met his wife to be, Kay, who was a soprano in the 26-voice mixed chorus and a member of the Air Force detachment.
Ike and Kay came to First United Presbyterian Church of Dale City after moving to Woodbridge in late 1993. They immediately got involved in the music programs at the church and have participated in a variety of ways, including: the chancel choir, the Notes of Salvation, the junior choir, the youth choir, and the handbell program. Ike began his handbell directing career in 2000 when he took over as director of the youth handbell choir. In 2007 he became the director of ‘Jubilation’, the adult handbell choir.