Hailing from Portland, OR, The Thirsting offers cutting edge  Catholic music. Under the direction of Daniel Oberreuter, The Thirsting unabashedly proclaims the truths of the Catholic faith from confession, and the Eucharist, to the Trinity, and Mary, all while rivaling secular acts in energy and emotion. The mission of The Thirsting is to inspire people to love and follow Jesus Christ through the Eucharist, Mary and the Rosary, and all the teachings of the Catholic Church.

As a live touring band, The Thirsting is known for high energy shows with a powerful Catholic message.  Oberreuter is especially known for his promotion and preaching of the Rosary.  At a Thirsting concert, one is taken on a journey spiritually as a Catholic message is intermingled with a stunning rock performance. Many people are moved to greater repentance and a deeper love of Jesus and His Church. The band has played numerous diocesan youth rallies and concerts across the nation and has opened for major label acts.

The current members of The Thirsting are:

  • Daniel Oberreuter -Lead vocals/guitar
  • Evan LaBrant - Bass
  • John Paul Von Arx - Lead guitar
  • Mark Briksa - Drums
  • Matt Henry - Keys

The band has put out two self-produced albums Companions of the Lamb (2008) and Universal Youth (2011).  Currently the band is working on a third full album release.

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"The Thirsting rocks and they are true to the Catholic faith" Jason Evert - Chastity Project

"The music of The Thirsting is an excellent way to reach the youth...  and your own kids," Christopher Stefanick - Real Life Catholic

"The Thirsting sets my heart ablaze burning bright for Jesus and my Catholic Faith. They are in my book... A HOME RUN!!!" - Mike Sweeney - 5 Time MLB All Star, KC Royals HOF

"I love the stuff the Thirsting is doing... This is really powerful stuff."  Jerry Usher -  EWTN Radio: Take 2 with Jerry and Debbie

"The Thirsting is an excellent example of one way to actualize The New Evangelization."Bishop Nickless - Diocese of Sioux City, Iowa

"Their message is powerful and completely faithful to the Church"  Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers

"The Thirsting is the pearl of great price within the field of Catholic contemporary music." Karlo Broussard - Catholic Answers Apologist and Speaker

"The Thirsting MADE the Ignite Your Torch conference this year!!! Awesome praise and worship, beautiful meditations, and then an AMAZING concert as well. So rare to find an authentic Catholic band as good as you guys, thank you for your ministry and for being there this weekend!!"  Allison V. - Seattle, WA

"If you have a chance to see The Thirsting Live, then do so! Sacred Heart in Chester, WV is still talking about Daniel and his concert at our parish. We will be using two of his songs at our Divine Mercy program next Sunday."                                                                                                                     Robert G. - Chester, WV

"Just wanted to say thanks for a great concert last night. My family listens to Christian music all the time. It's so refreshing to listen to a Catholic group that shares the message that we love and believe in. Glad you were here!"                                                                                                                        Natalia R. - Bloomington, IN


The Thirsting can play most events, rallies, or conferences with sufficient advance notice. Please contact us below for more information.

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