Brian Hall's mission to Brazil
The Jazzman of Brigham Young University
returned from serving as a missionary for
the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints in Brazil
Here is Brian with his mission president and mission "mother", Pres. and Sister
Carboni, January 23, 2001, the day he arrived in Salvador.
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.
||Brian is serving in the area near Salvador, Brazil
||Brian is the son of David Hall.
November, 2002, he returned from serving a mission for the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Brazil. He went back to Brigham Young University, continuing his studies in jazz piano.
His missionary service began November 22, 2000, with a 9-week intensive language
training program in Sao Paulo, Brazil, after which he spent two years in
missionary work in the Brazil Salvador South mission.
He had taken four years of early-morning seminary classes to learn more about the
gospel, and to help prepare for his mission.
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. He continued in that position during his senior year, and had the chance to tour with them in Europe.
On July 10, 2004, he married in the Nauvoo, Illinois temple.
|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
||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.
||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, his dad, and Brian (in
Brian is also accomplished at playing classical piano, and won the 1997 Cedar Rapids
|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.
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