sou·​sa·​phone | \ ˈsü-zə-ˌfōn How to pronounce sousaphone (audio) , -sə- \

Definition of sousaphone

: a large circular tuba that has a flared adjustable bell — compare helicon

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Recent Examples on the Web Instead, the Alabama and Ohio State bands were shown on video boards playing school fight songs — the senior sousaphone player still dotted the I, only remotely. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Surreal scene at Hard Rock Stadium grim reminder of difficult college football season," 11 Jan. 2021 During those moments, the band scaled back to rhythm section only: Rapuzzi on washboard, guitarists Greg Sherman, 32, and Max Bien-Kahn, 34, and Todd Burdick, 36, on sousaphone. Katy Reckdahl,, "Holocaust survivor wants to jam with Tuba Skinny; due to coronavirus, they improvise," 2 Dec. 2020 Simpler emotionally but just as potent visually is a picture of a sousaphone’s shiny bell, which refracts a marching band musician’s uniform into an abstract red swirl. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: ‘Time Capsule’ retrospective highlights jazz’s influence on Frank Stewart," 20 Dec. 2019 And the old-timey feel of the event, with young musicians in tasseled hats and spangly shorts, and the sousaphone bell glinting in the sun, were all intentional. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, "With a brass band blaring, artist Kehinde Wiley goes off to war with Confederate statues," 27 Sep. 2019 Even the guy wearing a 50-pound sousaphone glides about the stage with poise. Morena Duwe, Billboard, "Meet Meute, the German Marching Band That Plays Only Electronic Music Covers," 11 Dec. 2019 The sonorous rumble of a sousaphone laid down the low end, while cymbals, hi-hats, snare drums and bass drum offered the dynamic beats that elevate dance-floor denizens like a drug. Morena Duwe, Billboard, "Meet Meute, the German Marching Band That Plays Only Electronic Music Covers," 11 Dec. 2019 Drummer Phelps and sousaphone player Gearl Stephens are the longest-tenured members. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Pork & Beans Brass Band sounds off for New Orleans style in Indiana," 17 Oct. 2019 Band instruments range from $700 for the smaller ones — such as oboes and piccolos — to $7,000 for larger instruments such as tubas and sousaphones, Hart said. Martin E. Comas,, "East Ridge High band officials say show will go on despite fire," 11 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of sousaphone

1925, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sousaphone

John Philip Sousa

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“Sousaphone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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sou·​sa·​phone | \ ˈsü-zə-ˌfōn How to pronounce sousaphone (audio) , -sə- \

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: a large circular tuba designed to rest on the player's shoulder and used chiefly in marching bands

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