Troubadours of The West – The Flying W Wranglers
The main highlight of Russ and Marian’s achievements at the Ranch was the introduction of the Flying W Wranglers. Western music was included in their initial vision, following the ride through the Ranch and the Chuckwagon meal. From 1953 to 1957, the performers ranged from college students and folk singers to the Sons of the Pioneers.
In 1957, the Flying W Wranglers were officially unveiled. Through the years, over 60 individuals have been a part of the Flying W Wranglers, with several of them performing for the Ranch for well over 30 years. The Flying W Wranglers are now the second- oldest Western performance band in the world. Their three-part-harmonies of time-honored tunes of the open range, high-quality instrumentation, and clean bunkhouse humor have delighted over seven million people from around the world.
In addition to performing at the Ranch, they performed in USO tours in Vietnam during the war; at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee; in London, England; at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The Flying W Wranglers have been featured in local and national television commercials, performed with several world-class symphonies, sung in major sporting events, and won a wide variety of musical awards. Given the deep legacy for the re-birth of the Ranch post-Waldo Canyon fire, over 300 musicians and entertainers were auditioned.
Great musicianship is a cornerstone of the entertainment at the Flying W Ranch in Colorado Springs. Join us for a Chuckwagon Supper and Original Western Stage Show, and see why the Flying W Ranch has become a fan-favorite staple of Colorado Springs history.