SOURCE: Jim Roytz (WJU #3800), 48th Convention Report
Extracted from Circus Fanfare 2020-02
The Courtyard Marriott Hotel was once again the venue for this year’s 48th Annual WJU Convention. Many members came to Bradenton early for the Ring of Fame Ceremony held on St. Armands Circle on Sunday, January 12. Under the leadership of Gerald Guilbeaux, the all-volunteer band gave a 45 minute pre-ceremony concert and tag introductions for those being inducted to the Ring of Fame.
Tuesday afternoon the dance band held its rehearsal from 1:30 to 4:00 under the leadership of Drew Trapani and Rod Everhart. At registration that evening, renewing old friendships and meeting new members for the ﬁrst time is always wonderful. This year we had eleven “First of Mays” (new members in circus lingo) and as a result we were again up in attendance over last year’s convention.
A huge “thank you” to all the conductors of the recording bands and Center Ring band. They include: Don Albright, Charlie Conrad, Frank Cosenza, Teresa Cosenza, John Fleming, Gerald Guilbeaux, Mary Anne Harp, Ron Keller, Vicki Pinson and John Roman.
A very special thank you to Gerald Guilbeaux for conducting our Saturday afternoon concert at the Ringling Ca’d’ Zan. The concert was well attended, and the ambience under the palm trees and next to the water of Sarasota Bay was spectacular.
The Center Ring Concert and Sailor Circus Performance was back at the Sailor Circus’ newly remodeled arena. I think all who attended will agree that the improvements to the arena were dramatic to say the least. The Sailor Circus Academy also continues to remain a partner for two of our musical events.