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 (so͞o′zə-fōn′, -sə-)
A large brass instrument, similar in range to the tuba, having a flaring bell and a shape adapted to being carried in marching bands.

[After John Philip Sousa.]


(Instruments) music a large tuba that encircles the player's body and has a bell facing forwards
[C20: named after John Philip Sousa]
ˈsousaˌphonist n


(ˈsu zəˌfoʊn, -sə-)

a form of bass tuba, similar to the helicon, used in brass bands.
[1920–25; after J. P. Sousa]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sousaphone - the lowest brass wind instrumentsousaphone - the lowest brass wind instrument  
bass - the member with the lowest range of a family of musical instruments
brass instrument, brass - a wind instrument that consists of a brass tube (usually of variable length) that is blown by means of a cup-shaped or funnel-shaped mouthpiece
euphonium - a bass horn (brass wind instrument) that is the tenor of the tuba family
bombardon, helicon - a tuba that coils over the shoulder of the musician


nSousafon nt, → Sousaphon nt
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Featured locally will be vocal selections by Ann Schwengel, grade school choral director; cornet solo by Steve Swallers; sousaphone solo by Jon Montgomery; dance group composed of Christine Moore, Benton, Kim Edel, Babette Griffith and Virginia Matlavish and a combo featuring David Sadler and Johnnie Wheeler of McLeansboro, Steve Edel, Bruce Joksich and Mark Halstead.
Led by charismatic frontman MC Chunky, the group further comprised three trumpets, three trombones, drums, and sousaphone.
Highly talented musicians from Jaipur, Rajasthan's renowned "Pink City", the surrounding villages, make up the brass core of this rousing new ensemble on trumpet, trombone, euphonium and sousaphone, supplemented with clarinet, against an insistent background of percussion on side, bass and dhol drums.
This transitioned seamlessly to "Sugar Coated Pill," whose uncomplicated rhythms and melodies allowed plenty of room for musicians to improvise -- including Didier Havet, who gave a fun solo on the often overlooked (tubalike) sousaphone.
When he is not touring with world-famous musicians, he is playing sousaphone in the Welsh Supporters' band The Barry Horns.
Gavin Brown, one of the band's founders and sousaphone player, talked to the Examiner about already making a name for themselves, despite only having launched two months ago.
JoE1/2l Botna et Luc Hudepohl (trompette), Nick Feenstra (alto, saxophone), Rick Hulsebosch (tenor, saxophone), Sjors DoAEkstra (trombone), Hendrik Baarda ( sousaphone) et Peter Klaas de Groot ( batterie), ont merveilleusement interprete des chansons souvent rythmees qui n'ont pas laisse le public indifferent.
For the sake of the veneration in which all women should be held it is to be hoped that none of them will follow the suggestion of Lanier and take to playing the trombone, the French horn, or the gigantic Sousaphone for, as Byron once said: "Seeing the woman you love at table is apt to dispel all romance." And seeing a woman get red in the face blowing into a brass instrument is just as likely to prove an unpleasant shock....
Orkestra del Sol delighted audiences with their Larger than Life outdoor performance featuring nine musicians, playing everything from the sax to the sousaphone.
I've strolled around the art market and - while deciding which of the numerous live music bars and clubs to try first - the unmistakable bass rumble of the sousaphone reaches me from a nearby pavement.