Welcome to WJU’s PRESERVATION content. The collection of materials is continuously building in volume over time and much of it will not be available online due to its fragile nature. But, we strive to make as much as possible readily available to researchers and anyone with an interest in the music and its history. Enjoy!

Circus Music Recordings

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1930 Original Recording

This is section includes the actual music performed by specific circus bands and bandleaders at designated concert, circus, or studio performances. It includes mp3 copies of actual recordings of many pieces, organized by Circus, Year and Label. Except for the 1930 Victor recordings, access to the recordings is restricted to Members or those with a subscription. However, anyone can see the index of what is available.

Circus Music Programs

This reference will allow a researcher to see, for example, what was the play list at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in 1950. This information is provided via PDFs of articles that have been published in the Windjammers Unlimited Circus Fanfares 1971 to date. These materials are only accessible to Members or those with a subscription. However, anyone can see the index of what is available.

WJU Recordings

Since its founding in 1971, Windjammers members have participated in “Play and Record” sessions, typically playing 60 or more traditional circus tunes at each event. Further, there have been many live performance for the public that were also recorded, although the quality in some cases is not the best. Over the years, members have recorded the WJU bands, starting in the early years with reel-tape recorders, then cassette, then CD, and now digital devices. This section provides a source for many of those recordings to be added over time. Access is restricted to those who are current members or hold a valid subscription.

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Ca’ d’Zan – John & Mable Ringling Estate, Sarasota FL

Want to help?

WJU needs YOUR active participation and help. We need archivists and technologist with the skills to establish formal libraries and “containers” for electronic storage and retrieval system. Have the skills, desire, and time to do some of the work or even guide our process? Let us know!

What’s on the drawing board?

Here’s some of the new content that is planned to be accessible on this website. But be aware that much of the content will be restricted to access by Members Only or those with Subscriptions. However, anyone will be able to see what is available.

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Sailor Circus
  • WJU Historical Compendium – an index of historical events of Windjammers Unlimited, including Officers & Trustees, Conventions & Meets, Hall of Fame Laureates & Meritorious Service Award recipients, Circus Fanfare Index and other goodies. This “Historical Compendium” is the authoritative reference and provides an easy to use snapshot of WJU from 1971-2019.
  • Circus Music audio – Plans are in place to continue collecting historic recordings, including those of Big Top Circuses and of Windjammers Unlimited Recording sessions, in order to preserve them for future generations of circus music fans and researchers.