On January 21, 2008, I received a phone call from Mitch Ivey, a professional rodeo soundman, who was driving to Northern Virginia from Texas to do a Professional Bull Riding (PBR) event being held at the Patriot Center on the campus of George Mason University (where I announce baseball). From prior phone conversations, he knew I had never attented a rodeo or bull riding event and he called to invite me to the event. Northern Virginia is a suburb of Washington, D.C., and it is an urban area. I was not sure what size audience an event like this would draw. As it turned out, the crowds were huge and the place was more than 3/4 full (it holds around 10,000).

At the event, my wife and I sat directly behind Mitch and watched him conduct a high energy, smoothly transitioned show. He had two laptops, both running Sports Sounds Pro, and the event featured almost continuous music with Mitch rapidly changing between tunes. There were a couple of other pluses. The Show Announcer turned out to be another man from Texas (Terry Starnes) who is also a user of Sports Sounds Pro. I had never met Terry before but had spoken to him a couple of times via phone. Terry was assisted in his announcing duties by a living legend in the sport of bull riding, eight times World Champion Bull Rider, Donnie Gay, who I also got to meet. The event was a first class production with strobes, fog machines, and an in-rink clown/comedian by the name of Gizmo.

Needless to say, I had a great time. I got to meet the owner of Frontier Rodeo Co., Jerry Nelson, along with some of the nicest people you could ever meet, the Bull Riders, Bull Fighters, and the various crew members. I was extremely impressed, I returned the following day on Sunday to see the show again. My thanks to Mitch Ivey, Terry Starnes, and the rest of the staff.