Rapid City music instructor conducts final concert after 40 years

RAPID CITY S.D. (KEVN) - William Evans has been teaching at Stevens High School since 1979 and he is be retiring after 39 and a half years, but he was determined to go out with a bang at his 40th spring concert at Stevens. .

Since working for the Rapid City Area school district, he's increased the string education district-wide by 1500 percent and has helped Stevens Orchestra become one of only two regularly performing symphonic orchestras in the state. Evans said he has had friends that say when it comes to retirement, you just "know when you know," and after a fulfilling career, he knows that time is now.

"It's pretty bittersweet, um I love what I do, I can really see myself doing it forever but you gotta be realistic. Finances and just general health and everything I mean you know plus my siblings are getting older and everything. I think it's just time to do something else, it's good to go out when everything is wonderful and you're still loving what you do and they've never been better," said Bill Evans, orchestra director at Stevens H.S. and Orchestra Coordinator for Rapid City Area Schools.

At the Final Spring Concert, Evans and the Stevens Orchestra played three of their contest pieces opening with a fanfare entitled "Jubilee" by Ron Nelson, and finishing off with a selection of the Spartacus Adagio ballet featuring a handful of graduating soloists.