Staff Sergeant Daniel Thrower performs on trumpet in the United States Air Force Heartland of America Band, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. In addition to his musical duties, he serves as the Music Director for Offutt Brass and is a member of the publicity team.
Raised in Orem, Utah, Sergeant Thrower graduated high school in 1994. He received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Brigham Young University (BYU), and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University. Prior to enlisting in the Air Force, he was on the faculty at BYU, BYU-Idaho, Utah Valley University, the College of Eastern Utah (now Utah State University-Eastern), and the University of Texas at San Antonio. He still teaches an online music course for USU-E.
Sergeant Thrower's career highlights include supporting the 2017 Presidential Inauguration, playing principal trumpet for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games Closing Ceremony, several international music tours, and directing "The Utah Trumpet Guild." SSgt Thrower can be heard on a dozen commercially-released CDs and DVDs and is an internationally award-winning composer.
2001 Bachelor of Music, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
2002 Master of Music, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
2007 Doctorate of Musical Arts, Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz
2013 Associates Degree of Applied Science: Music, Community College of the Air Force
2015 Airman Leadership School, Offutt AFB, Neb.
April 2011 - June 2015, USAF Band of the West, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas
June 2015 - Present, 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 with one oak leaf cluster
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
2011 Air Force Basic Training Honor Graduate
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION:
Airman First Class April 26, 2011
Senior Airman February 26, 2013
Staff Sergeant January 1, 2016
(Current as of June 2019)