Definition of sousaphone in English:



  • An American form of tuba with a wide bell pointing forward above the player's head, used in marching bands.

    • ‘They started off slowly, the seven or more trombones (plus sousaphone and trumpet) creating a huge wave of sound, a giant chord.’
    • ‘Lupone, who played sousaphone in her high school marching band, will be hoisting a tuba onstage.’
    • ‘As soon as I heard them, I bought everything they had ever recorded and I learned how to play the sousaphone so that I could form a brass band.’
    • ‘Out of the corner of my eye I saw a dozen musicians climb on stage with no less than 15 instruments, including sousaphone, bass trombone, accordion, pedal steel guitar, saw and theremin!’
    • ‘It was from the helicon that Conn in the USA devised the sousaphone for the American bandmaster John Philip Sousa.’
    • ‘There are great melodies aplenty, serious dhol beating, and a variety of solos on the whole range of reeds and brass, plus a persistent bassline played on a sousaphone.’
    • ‘As a musician, he could swap between piano, double-bass and sousaphone; his jazzband held a residency for some years at the Ritz Hotel.’
    • ‘Various songs also make use of mouthbow, harmonica, sousaphone and trombone.’
    • ‘How could he call her a band nerd when the thing he missed the most was his sousaphone?’
    • ‘They won the entertainment section, with Matthew excelling on the washboard and Jonathan getting to grips with the sousaphone to play ‘Pasadena,’.’
    • ‘I was in the band in high school and junior high, and played the sousaphone and a little trombone and drums, and was the leader of the 72-piece marching band that we had.’
    • ‘Unsurprisingly, harmonica worked a quite a bit better than sousaphone in this space.’
    • ‘Thankfully, all hands are steady enough to bear up under the scrutiny and they manage to avoid any true calamity, although moments do arise when you may find yourself longing for the introduction of a stray sousaphone or two.’
    • ‘The four core members eventually began adding about one musician a month, providing musical saw, sousaphone, viola, Theremin and other instruments until there were 14 players.’


1920s: named after J. P. Sousa(see Sousa, John Philip), on the pattern of saxophone.