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sooh zuh fohn

  • n  the lowest brass wind instrument

  • Through the streets of Rochester, Minn, to the jampacked Mayo Civic Auditorium rolled an eight-car motorcade and four-piece band complete with a noisy sousaphone.
  • Full-page photographs of the "camera study" type gave effective close-ups of a locomotive's cylinders spewing steam, of the sousaphone ("oom-pah") horn player at the county fair.
  • Part of the trouble is that the color camera is an awkward renderer of wry legends; it is a sousaphone, not a lyre.

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