Richard Johnson of Mardi Gras JB has passed at 96

Richard JohnsonRICHARD JOHNSON, 96, on Sept. 17 in Sacramento. A professional musician since 1938, he played trumpet, clarinet, and tuba and was a member of a military marching band while serving in the Army.

Well-respected by his peers, but known as a tough taskmaster, he was the longtime leader of the Mardi Gras JB. He was a former president of the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society, and a founding member of the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee. For a short period was music director for Spike Jones.

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