Sousaphones

Sousaphones

The Sousaphone is a type of tuba designed for the American band leader and composer (most famously of marches) John Philip Sousa. As the instrument is effectively worn by the player it makes playing whilst marching or standing considerably easier than it is when playing a conventional tuba. Usually pitched in low Bb, the bell of the sousaphone is forward facing to maximise projection. Originally made entirely from brass, modern instruments are usually made with fibre glass bells to reduce the weight in a bid to make them more user friendly.

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