[soo-zuh-fohn, -suh-]
a form of bass tuba, similar to the helicon, used in brass bands.

1920–25; named after J. P. Sousa; see -phone

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

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1925, named for U.S. bandleader and composer John Philip Sousa (1854-1932).
"The first sousaphone was made by C. G. Conn in 1899 expressly for Sousa's band and its bell opened directly upward. The present bell-front type was first made in 1908." ["International Cyclopedia of Music," 1939]
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sousaphone definition

A kind of tuba that wraps around the player's body so that it can be carried easily while marching.

Note: The sousaphone is named after the bandmaster John Philip Sousa, who suggested building the instrument in this shape.
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