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Kevin McNiven
Kevin McNiven

Kevin McNiven was born and raised in western Wyoming. He has spent his lifetime riding the mountains and ranges of Wyoming. As a kid growing up, he was always surrounded by music - cowboy music. His father, "a true horseman," taught Kevin to yodel - for yodeling is a cowboy tradition.

Kevin found, at a young age, that if you were a good horseman, you could get a job with outfitters and ranches in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. If you could sing and play guitar around the campfire at night to entertain the guests, you could pick the outfit you wanted to work for.

From his experiences, Kevin has released three compilations of music about truly authentic "cowboy life".

Kevin's recording appropriately titled, "It's Wyoming," was recorded in Nashville. The great love songs, yodels, and sweet laments make it just the kind of music one would hear around the campfire.

Kevin's second album, "Horseman, Roughstock & Rawhide," and latest release, "A Song Takes Flight," continue the tradition of strong expression, impeccable enunciation, and heartfelt emotion that place Kevin in a class all his own.

At the Western Music Festival in Tucson, Arizona, Kevin was awarded the Adult Male Yodeling Championship in 1998 and 2001.

In 1999, Kevin toured the Scandinavian countries of Europe. Kevin opened the 2000 World's Fair in Hanover, Germany. He continues traveling throughout the United States, performing his "Cowboy Concerts & Western Family Shows" through story and song based on personal experience.

Kevin makes his living operating America's Cowboy, in conjunction with Wyoming Country Outfitters, subleasing his string of horses to ranches, wagon trains, re-enactments, commercials and movies. They include: The Great Platte River Road Archway Monument, Chevy Outdoors, Levi, Bailey Hats and WahMaker Clothing. PBS's Trail of Hope, History Channel's Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid, National Geographic's Lewis & Clark, Far & Away, Geronimo, Return to Lonesome Dove, The Postman, Wind River, The Work & the Glory, The Patriot and Shadowheart, just to mention a few.

Kevin is a true horseman, "at home in the saddle, in front of the camera, or behind his guitar."*

*Western Horseman Magazine

Travis McNiven
Travis McNiven

From applying beef cattle genetics in Nebraska, to researching Agricultural Policy in Washington, D.C., to consulting an International Agribusiness firm in Ireland, Travis McNiven is proactive in the agricultural fields of science, policy and business. Born and raised at the base of the Wind River Mountains near Lander, Wyoming, Travis began his climb up the agribusiness ladder early. Always the agricultural entrepreneur, Travis's parents tolerated his early business ventures of chickens, rabbits, goats and dogs before expanding to sheep, pigs and cattle in Future Farmers of America (FFA).

At age 14, Travis moved to Mesa, Colorado. There he assisted with management of 350 commercial and 25 purebred cows. This two year experience solidified his interest in the beef industry. Returning to Wyoming, Travis started Rocky Mountain Gelbvieh with 10 cows, lots of energy and his first bank loan. Rocky Mountain Gelbvieh is now a registered seedstock business providing consultation in management, marketing, genetic selection, order buying, grazing systems and crossbreeding programs for clients.

After serving a two-year LDS mission in Australia, Travis enrolled at Utah State University. While enrolled, Travis served two years as President of the College of Agriculture Student Ambassadors, Vice-President of the USU Cattle Club, two terms on the Wyoming Gelbvieh Association's Board of Directors, expanded Rocky Mountain Gelbvieh and worked for doctors Randy Wiedmeier and Don Snyder in the Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Sciences and Economics Departments, respectively. Travis graduated Magna Cum Laude, majoring in Animal Science with minors in Political Science and Agribusiness. While attending USU, Travis received more than 15 scholarly awards and honors (in addition to publishing manuscripts).

Never one to pass up an opportunity, Travis accepted an internship in the sand hills of Nebraska his senior year. There he gained a wealth of knowledge concerning management and genetics while working the 700 head seedstock herd of the Rex Ranch, owned by Farm Management Corporation (FMC), the largest commercial cattle owner in the United States.

Following, Travis gained valuable policy experience in domestic and international agribusiness while working for Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi in Washington D.C. His experience there led him to pursue additional education overseas.

Accepted into the International Masters of Business Administration in Food and Agribusiness at the Royal Agricultural College in England, Travis graduated and returned to the United States with his MBA to perform market entry research and consultation services for TraceAssured, an International Agribusiness firm based in Ireland.

Today, Travis is actively involved in America's Cowboy as he applies his experience in genetics, policy and business to assist the growth of clientele across the nation.

Tyler McNiven
Tyler McNiven

From behind the scenes, to center stage, Tyler McNiven's specialty is entertainment production.

In his youth, Tyler's interest in entertainment led him to perform in fairs, talent shows, and school events. During this same time, he also operated a small DJ company. These experiences laid a foundation for his higher education goals.

After serving a two-year mission to Pennsylvania for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Tyler shifted into high gear as he enrolled at Brigham Young University-Idaho. Acquiring a position with the Department of Music, Tyler began his experience as the audio engineer & technical director for Vocal Union, the university's vocal jazz ensemble. Tyler also received a vocal scholarship to perform with Collegiate Singer's, the university's top choral ensemble. Traveling with five tour groups, Tyler provided technical direction and assistance for all, and performed with three. His experience with these organizations provided him with technical and performance education, aside from his declared major in Communication and minor in Music.

Also as a student at BYU-Idaho, Tyler served as the yearbook's Assistant PR Director, was a finalist for the Department of Communication Man of the Year award, maintained an academic scholarship, made the National Dean's List, was accepted into the National Scholars Honor Society, and graduated cum laude.

During his senior year, Tyler was hired as Assistant Stage Manager for the Department of Music. Tyler managed a ten-member crew, and in conjunction with the Department of Music, led the development of a database, manual, and revision of employee work schedules, policies and procedures.

Upon graduation, Tyler interned with Out of Time Productions as an audio engineer and Foley artist. Upon completion of his internship, Tyler worked in Branson, Missouri at The Dutton Family Theater Complex as an audio/video technician.

Tyler is now employed full time at BYU-Idaho as the Production & Media Supervisor for the Department of Music where he continues to build upon the foundation he laid as a student. He is an Avid Certified Pro Tools Instructor and holds an MBA in Management and Strategy.

In addition to performing, Tyler incorporates his skills at America's Cowboy as the PR/ Advertising & Entertainment Manager.

Devoted to quality, organization, balance and performance, Tyler delivers a polished event.

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Lisa McNiven

Dr. Lisa McNiven’s music career is a unique blend of teaching and performance. A native of Rexburg, Idaho, Lisa studied violin throughout her younger years, changing her focus to viola upon entering her undergraduate studies. She graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho with a degree in music education.

While at BYU-Idaho, Lisa was the winner of several competitions, including the BYU-Idaho Concerto Competition and the Coeur d’Alene Symphony Young Artists Competition. She also served as principal violist of the Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, and Baroque Ensemble.

Upon graduation, Lisa attended the prestigious University of Cincinnati - College Conservatory of Music on full scholarship, studying with Masao Kawasaki and Catharine Carroll. While there, she served as principal violist of the CCM Philharmonia. Lisa received her Master of Music in Viola Performance. Lisa also studied for four summers as a full scholarship student at the Aspen Music Festival and School, performing with the top orchestras and winning the International Gee Viola Competition in 2004. Lisa holds a Doctor of Education degree from Idaho State University, with her dissertation focusing on the role of string faculty performances in undergraduate music programs.

In Fall of 2006, Dr. McNiven began her employment at BYU-Idaho, and currently assists with the viola studio, music history, and theory areas. She regularly performs solo recitals and chamber music as part of the Serenata Strings consisting of BYU-Idaho string faculty members. She also performs regularly with the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and is serving as the principal violist of the Idaho Falls Symphony.

In addition to her performing career, Dr. McNiven maintains an active violin and viola studio in Rexburg, and is a Suzuki certified instructor. Lisa and her husband, Tyler, currently reside in Rexburg, and love being a part of the Southeast Idaho community.

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