Flying W Wranglers
ABOUT THE FLYING W WRANGLERS
The world-renowned Flying W Wranglers are the second oldest western singing band in the world. Their stunning three-part harmonies, superb instrumentation, and clean bunkhouse humor have delighted over seven million people since 1953. There have been over 59 individuals that have been a part of the Flying W Wranglers with several of them performing for the Ranch for more than 30 years. The Flying W Wranglers have performed in many parts of the world including USO tours in Vietnam during the war, the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, London England, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and Carnegie Hall in New York City. The Flying W Wranglers have been staged in local and national television commercials, have performed with world-class symphonies, have sung at major sporting events, and have won a wide variety of musical awards.
The Flying W legacy was created by Russ and Marian Wolfe, who, in 1953, had a vision to to keep the Old West alive and to be a blessing. They did both for decades. Sadly, in 2012, the Waldo Canyon Fire consumed the much beloved Icon. The Wranglers were now homeless. Now, with much anticipation, starting in July of 2020, the Wranglers will once again grace the stage in a stunning new facility. To make sure the re-birth lives up to its legacy, over 300 individuals were auditioned before offers were extended to the following five highly talented performers. Prepare to be blessed.
Jesse Friesen was nine years old when he began playing music for tips at the Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper in Kansas. When he was 18, Jesse joined the Prairie Rose Rangers as lead singer/guitarist and remained with the band for ten years. Jesse has recorded Michael Martin Murphey, Rex Allen Jr., the Sons of the Pioneers, the Riders in the Sky, and Kansas. He recently produced the soundtrack for the Wrangler award-winning film, “Home on the Range”, and has produced songs for the film, “Road to Valhalla,” a Western Heritage Wrangler Award recipient. Jesse’s overarching talent is evident the moment he takes the stage.
Bobby Edwards is a musician from Wichita, Kansas. Growing up he was surrounded by a musical family. His father plays the keys and his mother sings. At two years old Bobby found that by rhythmically banging on pots and pans he could annoy his mom and make a mess in the kitchen. Later he was given a drum set. By age seven he was playing mandolin and singing on a stage with his mom and dad. These days Bobby is happy to play music with the Wranglers and even does a little songwriting in his free time. You'll typically find him sitting behind his drums on stage where he'll occasionally sing harmonies and sometimes he might even sing in tune.
Wayne Humphrey is a native of Colorado, born and raised on a ranch east of Colorado Springs. Wayne grew up at the Flying W Ranch while his father, Larry, and Uncle, Babe, were Flying W Wranglers. Music has been part of Wayne’s life ever since he was born, and he has been performing Western music since age 12. Wayne was a Flying W Wrangler prior to the Waldo Canyon fire, and the other Wranglers are excited to have him back!
In addition to being a Flying W Wangler, Wayne is also the Praise Team Leader at Church on the Ranch in Colorado Springs, working alongside another great (retired) Flying W Wrangler, Pastor Scotty Vaughn.
While standing on stage behind the big doghouse bass, Wayne brings beautiful lead and harmony vocals, and is sure to make you laugh with his endless supply of comedic stories and one-liners.
Ross Huskinson is an accomplished musician and song writer. Ross plays the pedal steel, lead guitar, lap steel, and acoustic guitar. He is a published writer of Christian music with cuts by Ricky Skaggs and Jesus Culture. He spent two decades in Nashville. Ross hails from a family with deep musical roots. His father sang with Slim Whitman and his grandmother played the piano and sang for the church choir. Ross enjoys mentoring others and always has his hand in a new song. His superb musical abilities allow him to perform with a calm yet commanding stage presence.
Luke Tripp started playing the violin on stages when he was only 10. Growing up in a missionary family, he spent most of his youth in Brazil, where he studied classical violin, and under the influence of his father, learned to play bluegrass and country music in his band.
As a young man, Luke traveled throughout South America, studying and performing with international Artists. Heavily influenced by Latin music, Luke developed a style that allowed him to be proficient in many styles of music.
During the last few years of his time living in Brazil, Luke taught, directed and conducted with Projeto Guri, a state-wide program developed to promote classical culture and national music by offering free music and Orchestra lessons to underprivileged children. With the experience he acquired working with these children and a new passion for teaching, Luke came to the US and studied to receive his bachelor’s degree in music performance and education.
In Colorado Springs, Luke works as Orchestra director and teacher in an award-winning school in District 11 that offers strings instruction for K-5 students, the only public program in Southern Colorado to do so.