sousaphone

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Man playing a sousaphone.

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Named after John Philip Sousa, the famous march composer and conductor, with the suffix -phone.

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sousaphone (plural sousaphones)

  1. (music) A valved brass instrument with the same length as a tuba, but shaped differently so that the bell is above the head, that the valves are situated directly in front of the musical instruments and a few inches above the waist, and that most of the weight rests on one shoulder.
    • 1990, Thomas D. Rossing, The Science of Sound‎, page 230
      One version of the large tuba, popular in marching bands, is called a sousaphone in honor of bandsman John Philip Sousa.

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