Travis grew up in the beautiful state of Nebraska with his four sisters and Ma and Pa. At the age of three, his family moved from the small river town of Ponca to the "big city" of Lincoln. His father, Dick, moved the family after getting a promotion from State Game Warden to the Director of Hunter Education and Public Relations for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. A household name to many outdoor enthusiasts, Dick has continued his active involvement in the promotion of ethical sportsmanship even after retirement, and he is a member of the National Hunter Education Hall of Fame. Like his father, Travis is extremely passionate about the outdoors. He is just at home in his show suit and he is in his bib overalls, working down on his dad's farm.
Travis' entire family is musically talented. All the way back to his great grandparents, aunts, and uncles, music has played a huge role in the Turpin family. His parents carried on the family tradition by getting Travis and his sisters involved in music at an early age and creating the Dick Turpin Family Band, aka Poverty Hill String Band and Kazoo, in 1974. Everyone in the family was involved in playing and singing. The band performed at numerous wedding and street dances for years, and they were invited to perform overseas in South Korea for the National Friendship Force Guest Exchange Program in 1980. The band’s regular “gig” was at the Legionnaire Club in Lincoln. They were the house band there for almost twenty years.
Travis graduated from The University of Nebraska in 1994 and immediately began his successful professional career. After a year and a half in San Antonio, TX, where he performed at Fiesta Texas, he received his Equity Card (Theater Union) at the MUNY Theater in St. Louis. There, Travis worked with such Broadway legends as Howard Keel, Leroy Reams and Ken Paige. He got the musical theater bug after working with such accomplished performers and set his sights on New York City. Not wanting to move to "the big apple" with low funds, he got a job performing on a Celebrity Cruise Line ship in the production shows for a year. New York City was quite the experience for the small-town boy from Nebraska. Travis's very first audition was for the Broadway musical Civil War, written by Frank Wildhorn. Travis made it to the final calls for the show and, although he did not make the Broadway cast, it gave him the drive to succeed in NYC. And succeed he did. Travis' favorite roles over the years include playing "The Big Bopper" in the Broadway National Tour of The Buddy Holly Story, as well as playing opposite country music legend Larry Gatlin in the Broadway National Tour of The Civil War.
September 11, 2001 was a life-changing day for many people, and Travis was no exception. He had just returned to NYC from a national tour two days before that day. After that day, Travis decided to live closer to the most important people in his life; his family. So he returned to Nebraska and, soon after his time back in Lincoln, Travis felt drawn back into the cruise industry where he could combine his two favorite things to do - travel and entertain. While performing in a few production shows, Travis worked on creating and developing his headlining show, which he has now been performing on cruise lines around the world for ten years.
Travis makes his home in Waterloo, IA with his beautiful wife, Abby, sweet daughter Reece and their dog, Rudy. When home in Nebraska, he sings with his sisters, Jeni and Jana, in The Turpin Trio. In his off time, Travis loves doing remodeling projects on their homes, spending time down at the family cabin and spending days fishing out in the boat with family and friends. Travis knows family is the most important part of his life, and he feels truly blessed to make a living at what he learned to love from them - music. He has an incredible family, great friends, and the most supportive and caring wife a guy could ask for. Life is good.