Brian Hall

The Jazzman of Brigham Young University

now returned from serving as a missionary for
the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints in Brazil

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Here is Brian with his mission president and mission "mother", Pres. and Sister Carboni, January 23, 2001, the day he arrived in Salvador.

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January, 2001. The mission president and hisfamily are in the center row, with the new Salvador South missionaries in the back and front rows. Brian is third from the right on the back row.

Brazilmap.GIF (62257 bytes) Brian is serving in the area near Salvador, Brazil
Brian is the son of David Hall.

In November, 2002, he returned from serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Brazil. He is now back at Brigham Young University, continuing his studies in jazz piano.

Prior to his mission, he was the pianist for BYU's Dixieland Band, and had a scholarship in jazz piano. Upon returning, after being away from his studies for two years, he auditioned again and was moved up a notch, becoming the pianist for BYU's Jazz Ensemble. The next year he became the pianist for BYU's leading jazz band, Synthesis, and hopes to get an opportunity to tour with them.

On July 10, 2004, he married Laura Grace Arnold in the Nauvoo, Illinois temple of the LDS church. Click here to read about their wedding and to see pictures. Laura graduated from BYU in Family Living in August, 2005, and is now studying for her master's degree in counseling.

His missionary service began November 22, 2000, with a 9-week intensive language training program in Sao Paulo, Brazil, after which he will be spending two years in missionary work in the Brazil Salvador South mission.   He has taken four years of early-morning seminary classes to learn more about the gospel, and to help prepare for his mission.

You can e-mail Brian at BYU at bdh at byu.net.

 

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Brian, with a group of missionaries at the Missionary Training Center in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He spent two months there in intensive language study and missionary preparation.
salvadorbeach.jpg (49382 bytes) This is part of downtown Salvador, Brazil. Brian was serving in this very neighborhood of Salvador during June through September 2001. The lighthouse is called the Da Barra Lighthouse. There is a popular recreational beach just to the north, but the missionaries never go to beaches.

While a student at Linn-Mar High School, among his notable achievements were being the jazz pianist for the award-winning Linn-Mar jazz band, acting in various plays, receiving numerous music awards, and he was also selected as a member of the homecoming royalty court for the 1998 homecoming.

Brian has the distinction of being selected twice to appear in Who's Who Among American High School Students.

dorm.jpg (24697 bytes) Here Brian is in his dorm room at Deseret Towers, during his freshman year, playing his guitar. Besides playing the piano and trombone, he has learned to play the guitar from friends at BYU and from his dad.
On his way home from BYU after his first year, he went on a whitewater rafting trip with some of his family. Here, in the back of the raft, from left to right, are Jared Gold (a friend), Brian's dad Dave Hall, and Brian (in sunglasses). rafting.JPG (55632 bytes)

Brian is also accomplished at playing classical piano, and won the 1997 Cedar Rapids piano competition.

For his birthday in 2000, his present was a day on the ski slopes, teaching his Dad how to ski. The photo shows Dave on the left and Brian on the right.

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On Labor Day 1998, Brian went to St. Louis with his Dad and his younger brother, Spencer, where he witnessed Mark McGwire hitting his 61st home run, tying the all-time home run record set by Roger Maris. It was a fantastic experience.