Thursday, August 30, 2012

Who knew the Sousaphone in 1892?

The October 24, 1925 edition of Presto speaks of Sousa and his band "in those exciting days of the World's Columbian Exposition of 1892 in Chicago. . . . Who in that time . . . knew the sousaphone? That was the March-King's own device for obtaining a distinctive sound; and today the sousaphone is part of every big band, of many small ones, and has a place in the great modern orchestras" (p. 20).

Photo courtesy of Paul Bierley, John Philip Sousa: American Phenomenon, p. 60
Above is the Sousa Band in 1893 - which does not yet have a Sousaphone. What you see in the top right is Herman Conrad playing a Helicon bass - the forerunner to the Sousaphone.

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