Billboards, Rack Cards, and Anticipation

16 Aug

I’m starting to get really excited for The Texas Tenors’ return to Branson. The anticipation keeps building up, from the excited exchanges of the other fans to seeing pictures of the new billboards posted on Facebook.

Courtesy of Cheryl Stauffer

Courtesy of Cheryl Stauffer

Perhaps the most exciting part for me, however, is the thought of introducing more people to The Texas Tenors. Getting people to their shows seems to be the hard part. Once they get to it, they can’t help but enjoy the music (and the view). Fortunately, my mom and I have been doing some recruiting of our own recently.

Yesterday, my mom went to the Iowa State Fair (go to for more information) with a lady from our church and a friend of hers. There’s nothing like a 1,350 pound pig and any kind of food on a stick (double bacon corn dog or fried butter on a stick anyone?) you could possibly imagine to persuade people to go to Branson with you. Never mind the fact that my mom is very persuasive when it comes to The Texas Tenors. Needless to say, they are both planning on driving down to Branson with us on September 14th for the weekend. Having never even heard of The Texas Tenors before, they are so anxious to see the singers my mom can’t stop talking about. I am almost certain that after that weekend, they will want to keep going back for more concerts.

Horses at Iowa State Fair courtesy of Beth Van Elsen

Courtesy of Beth Van Elsen

“Tenor Fever” (or the sudden desire to keep going to concerts of The Texas Tenors) seems to be highly contagious. For instance, Kathy, a fan from Des Moines, had only been to a few of their concerts before seeing them in May. Then, in May, she went to two concerts in two days, and she would have gone to a third if she hadn’t had to go home. Since then, she’s gone to 3 or 4 additional concerts and has plans for quite a few more in the near future. Believe me, she’s not the only one!

For my own part, I did some heavy promoting while I was at work today. I was cleaning out one of the exam rooms when I heard a client in the waiting room talking to the receptionist about her upcoming trip to Branson on September 9. When asked how long she would be in Branson, she said 4 or 5 days. Since The Texas Tenors are back starting September 12, I became determined to try to get her to go to their show.

Once I finished cleaning the room, I brought her in. While I was taking her dog’s vital signs, I casually chatted with her about Branson. When I found out she’d never been to a show there before and still didn’t have any clue which shows she was going to, I automatically suggested The Texas Tenors. I don’t think she had ever heard of them before, but she sure has now! I decided to send her with some information about them. Go figure, this was about the only time that I didn’t have one of their rack cards in my purse. I settled for writing all of the information on a blank piece of paper and handing it to her on her way out the door with her promise to check into it.

Those of you that know me also know that I am extremely quiet and shy. I would NEVER do something that bold under normal circumstances. In fact, I’m still surprised that I actually did that! I don’t know what it is about The Texas Tenors, but they bring out a side of me that doesn’t come out any other time. Whenever I’m around them or their fans, I’m confident, outgoing, and excited. I’m not afraid to go up to complete strangers and talk to them, whereas normally I’m scared to death about even picking up the phone!

I think the reason that I’m a completely different person is because I believe in them. I’ve always loved music, but I’ve never been so taken with a group like I am now. I just wish that I could transfer that confidence to the rest of my life.

Those of you that are fans of The Texas Tenors, what kinds of things have you done to promote them to others? How have they changed your life?

Those of you that haven’t seen them before, now’s the time to plan a trip to Branson! You can call the Starlite Theatre ( at 417-337-9333 to purchase tickets today. Or check out the full concert schedule at!

By the way, the rack cards that I mentioned not having in my purse? Maybe I should borrow some from this person!


Posted by on August 16, 2012 in Music, Travel


17 responses to “Billboards, Rack Cards, and Anticipation

  1. Beth Van Elsen

    August 16, 2012 at 12:53 am

    I never thought that the photo of the largest pig I have ever seen would show up on this blog. Leave it to Sarah! To echo Sarah’s comments about the two gals that are going down with us, they are absolutely giddy. They couldn’t believe the great seats they have for these three shows! I told them that when they meet the group of wonderful people at the concerts, they will immediately feel welcome and become part of the Texas Tenor fever!

  2. Sabra Ruppert Rieck

    August 16, 2012 at 7:50 am

    Sarah, I also carry a stack of Texas Tenor rack cards in my purse (no wonder it’s always so heavy) and have some behind the counter at work in Amana because there we talk to people from most everywhere in the country. Once again, if they mention anything about Branson, I immediately go into my spiel of “have you ever seen the Texas Tenors?” and if not, they walk away with a card too. I also plan my trips to Branson as much as possible for when the Tenors are there and try to take new “potential fans” down with me, in hopes of getting them hooked. I think we feel confident in doing this because we know they will never see a bad show and will want to come back for more.

    • TTTFanSarah

      August 16, 2012 at 6:20 pm

      I guess they have the new rack cards out down there too. I need to get some of those!

  3. Lynne Higgins

    August 16, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Who is that tall person moving TTT rack cards to a better position???

    • TTTFanSarah

      August 16, 2012 at 5:56 pm

      I can’t imagine who that could be! 😉

  4. Pamela Silva

    August 16, 2012 at 8:41 am

    I am so hooked look on your blog Sarah. I look forward to reading it over breakfast. This morning I was running late and only got it half read before I had to leave for work. I thought I would never get to the office so I could finish reading it.

    • TTTFanSarah

      August 16, 2012 at 6:21 pm

      I’m glad you like it! If there’s ever anything you would like to read in it, let me know!

  5. Beth Van Elsen

    August 16, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Hey Lynne–Did you recognize the arm? lol

  6. Lynne Higgins

    August 16, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    I’d recognize that arm anywhere! I’m rather attached to it!!!lol

  7. Liese Kaye

    August 18, 2012 at 11:35 am

    I read the post about the concert in Wichita, and I want to make that drive now! 😀 I love the Midwest/Plains, but this is one way to make me love it more! 😀 I also want to see that billboard for myself!!!

    • TTTFanSarah

      August 18, 2012 at 6:17 pm

      I want to see that billboard too!!!

  8. Judy Lucien

    August 19, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Great story, Sarah! But I thought you said you were innocent in our drive in Keokuk and that you didn’t speed or find all the bumpiest roads you could find. You, my dear, have just confessed to all of it. Like you I am a very shy person but for some reason, when I’m around our group of TTT fans, I feel a little bolder. I have the guys to thank for that. They have truly made me believe that dreams really do come true! Can’t wait for Godfrey in 3 weeks! The first part of next year is going to find us in Keokuk quite a bit!

    • TTTFanSarah

      August 19, 2012 at 5:54 pm

      Oops, I guess I did kind of confess to that didn’t I? Hmm…maybe you shouldn’t let me drive in Keokuk anymore!

      • Judy Lucien

        August 19, 2012 at 8:28 pm

        If there’s 5 or more people, you shouldn’t drive! I finally have my car back so I will volunteer to drive. I can hold up to 8 people!

      • TTTFanSarah

        August 21, 2012 at 12:20 am

        Ok, you win! You’re the designated driver from now on!

  9. Jeanie

    September 4, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    I want to vote for your blog Sarah, but what page is it on? There are 78 PAGES of music blogs on there!


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