Friday, April 21, 2017

Sousaphone


"The first sousaphone was built by James Welsh Pepper in 1893 at the request of John Philip Sousa 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. 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. . . .Warren G. Harding, the 29th President of the United States, was a sousaphone player (Wikipedia)."

13 comments:

  1. They are impressive instruments.

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  2. Makes a nice reflection and surely a good sound.

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  3. So much to know in so much little time.

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  4. This is a good photo, especially like the reflection inside the horn, and the tough looking sousaphone player.

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  5. Lots of happy colourful images.(Including other new postings.)
    Great events and blue sky.
    Happy weekend !

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  6. Reckon it´s not easy to play, being that huge. A long way to go with the breath, too.

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  7. I thought they were all tubas! ;-))

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  8. I'd heard the term, but never actually associated with the composer.

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  9. Wow, what a photograph, I love the reflection too.
    Many thanks for the info.

    All the best Jan

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