This from Steve and Ryan's K-M blog:
We had a decent sized crowd for the second show. Mr. North sat with Lucky and Vicky in the bandstand to watch. He didn't want to feel out of place there, so he borrowed Ryan's horn and played air trumpet for some of the acts.
That's a surprise, but should we be? Music runs deep in the House of Ringling. August Ringling, father of the fab five, longed to see them accept positions as makers and pursue their serious musicianship. Charles and Alt T. musicians. Al and Charles loved opera so much, Al built that charming playhouse, very much alive today.
The nephew heir appardent, John ?Ringling North, spent a lot of late night fun time tooting off a saxophone, and I will be one to say that some of the original songs he wrote were very very good. Native talent never pushed onto Broadway.
North's nephew, John II? You might spot him some time on the little Kelly Miller and stand blowing hot or not hot trumpet.
It's in the family blood.
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