|View of offices on the second floor of the Pepper building from the 1894 catalogue|
- Pepper built and named the Sousaphone at some point during or just prior to October 1895.
- It was played on all or part of the Sousa Band's three month cross-country tour that launched on January 1, 1896 in Washington, D.C.
- Nine days and nine concerts later, that tour made a two-day stop in Philadelphia, where the Sousa Band performed three times at the Academy of Music. Here's the notice in the Philadelphia Inquirer on December 29, 1895:
- The Academy of Music, which was built way back in 1857 and is still being used today, is located at the southwest corner of Broad and Locust Streets:
|The Academy is the first reddish-brown building on the left|
|Here's how it looked in 1910|
- Pepper's building was just down the street on Locust - a mere six blocks away (see map below: the Academy is noted by the red tag; the Pepper building would have been right where that little yellow man is located at the bottom right):
That seems pretty convenient to me! Could it be that Pepper's new instrument was picked up at that time and taken on the rest of that tour? Who knows!