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    Ten facts about the sousaphone

    Any American can recognize the opening notes of "Stars and Stripes Forever" and that most essential instrument of the American marching band -- the sousaphone. How did this 30 pound beauty come to be? Despite its relative youth, the sousaphone has an extensive (and sometimes controversial) history.

    Ten facts about the sousaphone

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    MAY 5TH 2016

    Any American can recognize the opening notes of “Stars and Stripes Forever” and that most essential instrument of the American marching band — the sousaphone. How did this 30 pound beauty come to be? Despite its relative youth, the sousaphone has an extensive (and sometimes controversial) history.

    The sousaphone is named after John Philip Sousa (1854-1932), who had early sousaphones made according to his specifications in the late nineteenth century.

    Both the J.W. Pepper and C.G. Conn companies took credit for building the first sousaphone; while C.G. Conn claimed to have invented the instrument in 1898, Sousa recalled going to J.W. Pepper to create the first prototype in 1893.

    Despite Pepper’s claim to the invention, it was the Conn sousaphone that eventually became the more commercially successful of the two, and even Sousa preferred it.

    The sousaphone is similar to the tuba in many respects, but can be differentiated by its wide, flared bell and shape, encircling the player. Early sousaphones were built with bells pointed upright.

    Upright sousaphones, called “rain-catchers”, never really gained popularity beyond Sousa’s use. Bell-forward sousaphones have been the college and marching band favorite since at least the 1920s.

    Although primarily designed as a marching band instrument, the sousaphone also made a popular entry into jazz music in the 1920s.

    Sousaphones are non-transposing brass instruments, most with three valves.

    In order to make them lighter, Conn and the Selmer Co. began building sousaphones with fiberglass bodies, fittings and brass valves in the 1960s. In addition to being easier to carry, sousaphones are now harder to dent.

    Similarly to upright band tubas, the sousaphone is pitched in E♭ and B♭. Some, however, have a fourth valve which lowers the pitch by a 4th.

    The sousaphone was originally created for marching bands, but has recently become a popular instrument for street bands in Asia and Europe.

    The above are only ten facts from the extensive entries in Grove Music Online. Did we leave out any fun facts about the sousaphone?

    Featured image: “Sousafoon”. Photo by FaceMePLS. CC BY 2.0 via Flickr.

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    Dave Detwiler6TH MAY 2016

    Dear friends at Oxford Music,

    Thanks so much for giving attention to the Sousaphone! I always enjoy seeing this great instrument portrayed in a positive light.

    If I may, there are a few adjustments I would recommend that you make to the “facts” you present. As one who has been researching the early history of the Sousaphone for the past 4 years, I can tell you that:

    1) J. W. Pepper did indeed make and name the very first Sousaphone. In other words, this “claim,” as you put it in your fact 3, has now been verified. The horn was built in 1895 at the Pepper factory at 8th & Locust in Philadelphia – and it was played in the Sousa Band for at least the cross-country tour in 1896. But you’re right in saying that Conn’s Sousaphone, which appeared in 1898, was the one that Sousa ended up preferring, and was made available commercially. Pepper’s horn, while the first, seems to be the only Sousaphone he ever built.

    2) In your final fact you say that “The Sousaphone was originally created for marching bands,” but this is simply not true. Sousa designed this special instrument for use in his peerless concert band.

    Documentation of these facts can be found in my academic articles in the Spring 2015 and Winter 2016 editions of the ITEA Journal, or you can view on youtube the documentary that Pepper created, based on my research, and titled “The Birth of the Sousaphone.”

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    A sousaphone. Brass instrument Classification Wind Brass Aerophone

    Hornbostel–Sachs classification 423.232

    (Valved aerophone sounded by lip movement)

    Inventor(s) J.W. Pepper & John Philip Sousa

    Developed 1893 Playing range Related instruments Tuba Euphonium Contrabass Bugle Baritone horn Wagner Tuba Helicon Cornu (horn) Part of a series on Musical instruments show Woodwinds show Brass instruments show String instruments Percussion Keyboards vte

    The sousaphone (US: /ˈsuːzəfoʊn/) is a brass instrument in the same family as the more widely known tuba. Created around 1893 by J.W. Pepper at the direction of American bandleader John Philip Sousa (after whom the instrument was then named), it was designed to be easier to play than the concert tuba while standing or marching, as well as to carry the sound of the instrument above the heads of the band. Like the tuba, sound is produced by moving air past the lips, causing them to vibrate or "buzz" into a large cupped mouthpiece. Unlike the tuba, the instrument is bent in a circle to fit around the body of the musician; it ends in a large, flaring bell that is pointed forward, projecting the sound ahead of the player. Because of the ease of carrying and the direction of sound, it is widely employed in marching bands, as well as various other musical genres. Sousaphones were originally made out of brass but in the mid-20th century started to be made from lighter materials like fiberglass; today both types are in wide use.


    1 History 2 Construction 2.1 Materials 2.2 Pitch 3 Varieties 3.1 Fiberglass

    3.2 Additional valves

    3.3 Non-American sousaphones

    4 Special effects

    5 College marching bands

    6 Musical genres 7 Notable players 8 See also 9 References 10 External links


    1893 sousaphones at the Museum of Making Music

    The first sousaphone was built by James Welsh Pepper in 1893 at the request of John Philip Sousa,[1][2] who was dissatisfied with the hélicons in use by the United States Marine Band. Some sources credit C.G. Conn with its construction, because of the first sousaphone he built later in 1898.[3] Sousa wanted a tuba-like instrument that would send sound upward and over the band, much like a concert (upright) tuba. The new instrument had an oversized bell pointing straight up, rather than the directional bell of a normal hélicon.

    The sousaphone was initially developed as a concert instrument rather than for marching. Sousa wanted the new instrument for the professional band which he started after leaving the Marines, and this band marched only once. Sousa mainly used sousaphones built by C.G. Conn.[4] Although less balanced on a player's body than a helicon, because of the large spectacular bell high in the air, the sousaphone retained the tuba-like sound by widening the bore and throat of the instrument significantly. Its upright bell led to the instrument being dubbed a "rain-catcher". Some versions of this design allowed the bell to also rotate forward, projecting the sound to the front of the band. This bell configuration remained the standard for several decades and is the standard today.

    The instrument proved practical for marching, and by 1908 the United States Marine Band adopted it.[5]

    Versions with the characteristic extra 90° bend making a forward-facing bell were developed in the early 1900s. Early sousaphones had 22-inch-diameter (560 mm) bells, with 24-inch (610 mm) bells popular in the 1920s. From the mid-1930s onward, sousaphone bells have been standardized at a diameter of 26 inches (660 mm). Some larger sousaphones (Monster, Grand, Jumbo, Giant or Grand Jumbo, depending on brand) were produced in limited quantities.


    Sousaphone player Tycho Cohran with the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, at the TFF.Rudolstadt 2012

    The sousaphone is a valved brass instrument with the same tube length and musical range as other tubas. The sousaphone's shape is such that the bell is above the tubist's head and projecting forward. The valves are situated directly in front of the musician slightly above the waist and all of the weight rests on the left shoulder. The bell is normally detachable from the instrument body to facilitate transportation and storage. Except for the instrument's general shape and appearance, the sousaphone is technically similar to a tuba.

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    Designed by John Phillip Sousa. Same as the tuba but can wear it on your shoulder. Used in marching bands.

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    an ancient Greek musical instrument in the lyre or lyra family. Means "guitar". Strings are made from animal gut. Cross between harp and guitar


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