Chas Evans is a native of Chunky, MS and a graduate of Newton County High School. Chas was privileged to study guitar under the late Tom Carson and graduated with his Associates of Arts Degree in Music from East Central Community College. Chas completed his Bachelor's and Master's of Music Degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi, where he was instructed by Professor Giovanni De Chiaro. Chas has been the recipient of various awards, including first place at the 1999 Mississippi Music Teacher Association guitar competition and runner up in the 2000 Pine Belt Guitar Symposium.
Chas has taught Music Theory and Performance classes at Mississippi College and Holmes Community College. Chas 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, Chas and the Mississippi Guitar Quartet were honored to perform selected works from their “Soundscapes” album at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Chas has participated as a guest judge in the Mississippi Music Teacher Association Guitar Competition and at the Pinebelt Guitar Symposium where he has given master classes for the competitors.
Chas has served as a member of the Mississippi Army National Guard and was deployed in Operation Noble Eagle in Washington, D.C. and Operation New Dawn in Baghdad, Iraq. In 2012, Chas released his debut solo album “Mississippi Sounds” featuring pieces inspired by the state’s heritage and scenery. “Mississippi Sounds” is available now for purchase on Itunes and on his website www.chasevansguitarist.com. Chas is currently the Guitar Instructor and Director of the Collegians at East Central Community College. Chas and his wife, Laura, reside in Decatur, MS and are the proud parents of their daughter Katie, and son, Chas Michael.