Circus Ring of Fame Wheel Plaque

Charles Schlarbaum

Inducted into the Ring of Fame: 2011

Circus Profession: Bandleader

Born: 1938

Died: 2016

Charles schlarbaum Circus Ring Of Fame Foundation inductee

Few in American circus history have led as many circus bands in as many performances. Born into a musical family with ties to the circus, it came as no surprise in 1958 when he and his trumpet joined the Cristiani Bros. Circus Band. Three years later at just 25 he became a bandmaster, launching what became an outstanding half-century career as one of this country’s top band leaders. Recognized by his peers for his contributions to circus music, he was named in 2007 to the Windjammers Unlimited Hall of Fame.