David H. Evans was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He attended Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State University) where he received the Bachelor of Music in Education (BME) degree in 1971. He then became a clarinetist in the United States Military Academy Band at West Point. While there, he studied at the Manhattan School of Music. He completed the MM degree at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville and the DMus degree in clarinet from Indiana University. He has been teaching since 1975. He came to HSU in 1999 as Music Department Chair. He now Directs the BGS Degree Program and teaches Music History.