Staff Sergeant Daniel Thrower, Trumpet

SSgt Daniel Thrower performs on trumpet with the Offutt Brass, an ensemble of the USAF Heartland of America Band, Offutt AFB, Nebraska. In addition to his musical duties, he serves as the Operations Representative for Offutt Brass.

A Native of Orem, Utah, Sergeant Thrower graduated High School in 1994 and studied music at Brigham Young University and Arizona State University. Prior to enlisting in the US Air Force, he was on faculty at Brigham Young University, Utah Valley University, and the College of Eastern Utah. Since 2009 he has taught at the University of Texas in San Antonio.

SSgt Thrower’s previous career highlights include playing principal trumpet for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games Closing Ceremony, several international music tours, and directing "The Utah Trumpet Guild." He can be heard on a dozen commercially-released CDs and DVDs and is an internationally award-winning composer.

EDUCATION:

 

2001 Bachelors in Music, Brigham Young University

2002 Masters in Music, Brigham Young University

2007 Doctorate of Musical Arts, Arizona State University

 

ASSIGNMENTS:

2011 – 2015 Trumpet, USAF Band of the West, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.

2015 – Present Trumpet, USAF Heartland of America Band, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.

 

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:

Air Force Achievement Medal

Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with one oak leaf cluster

Air Force Good Conduct Medal

National Defense Service Medal

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal

Air Force Basic Training Honor Graduate

 

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION:

Airman First Class April 26, 2011

Senior Airman February 26, 2013

 

(Current as of September 2015)