Missoula Music History Oral History Project



Robert Quist


Anna Schale



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Rob Quist, a founding member of the Mission Mountain Wood Band, describes growing up in Cutbank, Montana, his early interest in playing music, and attending the University of Montana, where he was a member of the Jubileers glee club. He recalls how he met and began playing with the other members of MMWB, and when the band was formed. Quist talks about how the band was primarily a touring band, much like the Grateful Dead, that rarely played in Missoula, except for specific events such as the Aber Day Kegger. Quist reminiscences about some of the memorable touring moments including being invited to play on a boat for the Hell’s Angels, footage of which was captured in the documentary. Quist also discusses the other bands in which he played including, and how the MMWB came together again after one of their bandmates died.


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Document Type

Oral History


Subjects: Music; Music—History and criticism; Music—Montana—Missoula; Jam bands; Improvisation (Music); Mission Mountain Wood Band; The Montana Band; Grateful Dead; Aber Day Kegger (Event); Music festivals—Montana—History; Music festivals; Concerts; Musical establishments; Counterculture -- United States -- History -- 20th century; Subculture -- United States -- History -- 20th century; Tour bus; Touring bands (Music)

Personal Names: Quist, Robert; Johnson, Christian; Riddle, Steve; Robinson, Terry

Corporate Names: University of Montana—Missoula; Hell’s Angels

Geographical Names: Missoula (Mont.); Cutbank (Mont.); New York; Nashville (Tenn.); Victor (Mont.)

Occupations: Musicians—Montana

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century; Twenty-first century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Missoula Music History Oral History Project, OH 473

Holding Institution

University of Montana. Mansfield Library. Archives and Special Collections

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library

Rights Statement

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Rights Holder

Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections at the University of Montana, Mansfield Library.

Oral History Number

OH 473-014

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 MP3 file (00:39:41): digital + 1 transcript (24 pp.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:39:41 minutes

Local Filename

OH_473_014.mp3; OH_473_014.pdf