J. J. Richards was born in Wales in 1878.
J. J. Richards Band Shell at Lincoln Park in Pittsburg, Kansas. The band shell was building in 1936 and 1937 by the WPA. Most important is whose name it bears. John Joseph Richards was one of the prime innovators in getting the band shell built in Lincoln Park. He was a well-known music composer, arranger, teacher, circus bandmaster and cornet soloist. He was born in Wales in 1878, but the family moved to Yale, Kansas about 1888. He worked in the coal mines as a mule driver. He attended Kansas State Teachers College in Pittsburg, Kansas. Sometime in the 1890's he formed a 10 man band for Norton Jones Circus. In 1908 he was a cornet soloist for Jewell's Barnum and Bailey Band. In 1910 he was named bandmaster for Forepaugh-Sells show His career reached its zenith in 1912 when he was named music director of Ringling Brothers Circus. J J Richards wrote 120 compositions for circus and school bands. Of which 95 were marches. He died in Long Beach, California in 1956.