Army Field Band musician hails from Sweet Grass

23_army-oboplayerSergeant First Class Daniel Brimhall, who grew up in Sweet Grass will be the featured soloist on Mozart’s Concerto for Oboe when The United States Army Field Band performs in Conrad on Oct. 16 and in Great Falls on Oct. 18.

Sgt. 1st Class Brimhall was born in Great Falls and graduated in 1998 from North Toole County High School in Sunburst. He began his music studies on piano and later joined the elementary school band as oboist.  During his school years, he pursued oboe studies in Lethbridge, Alberta, and at the UofM-Missoula with retired Professor of Oboe, Roger McDonald.

While in high school, Dan was a member of the Montana All-State Orchestra (1994-1997), the All-Northwest Band (1995), and the All-Northwest Orchestra (1997).

Brimhall holds a Master of Music degree from Yale University and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Hartford. A member of the Army Field Band since 2004, Brimhall is the oboe section leader of the Concert Band and performs regularly with The Pentagon Winds.

Known as “The Musical Ambassadors of the Army,” the U.S. Army Field Band tours throughout the country, bringing music to the grassroots of America. The commander of the organization, Col. Timothy Holtan, is married to Conrad native, Laurie (Matheson) Holtan.

The concert will be presented at the Conrad High School Auditorium, 308 S. Illinois, on Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. Admission is FREE, but tickets are required. Tickets are available at CHS (278-3285), The Independent-Observer or from members of the Pondera Arts Council.

The Great Falls performance will be Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center’s Mansfield Theater for the Performing Arts, 2 Park Drive South. Admission is free and tickets are not required. Seating will be available to the public on a  first come-first served basis beginning at 6:30 p.m.

This concert is being presented as part of the Montana Music Educators Association convention, and seating will be limited. For further information, call 406-268-6080.

Visit the band’s website at for complete tour schedule and ticketing information.

Editor’s note: Article submitted to the I-O by Janie McFarland.