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Things to say when you see a sousaphone...

Postby lost » Mon Jun 26, 2017 4:11 pm

Anyone who carries a sousaphone to a gig out of its case or is caught walking with one when you aren't playing has to face the inevitable comments from people you pass. No duplicates allowed and comment from experience.

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Re: Things to say when you see a sousaphone...

Postby roweenie » Mon Jun 26, 2017 4:29 pm

"You should have taken up the piccolo" (if I had a nickel for every time I've heard that, I'd have a LOT of nickels....)
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Re: Things to say when you see a sousaphone...

Postby lost » Mon Jun 26, 2017 4:35 pm

Yes! I hear that a lot too. I always try to laugh like it's the first time I've heard that joke while secretly clenching my fists.
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Re: Things to say when you see a sousaphone...

Postby edsel585960 » Mon Jun 26, 2017 5:50 pm

"How much does that thing weigh?" ( less often "Is that a tuba or are you just happy to see me" ) :)
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Re: Things to say when you see a sousaphone...

Postby bloke » Mon Jun 26, 2017 6:02 pm

Hey main!!!...Play dat dhang.
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Re: Things to say when you see a sousaphone...

Postby the elephant » Mon Jun 26, 2017 6:16 pm

NYC, at some typical 5th Avenue parade, of which I did MANY...
"Jesus, I bet that thing could block the signal from WOR!"

Mardi Gras in 1996...
"I betcha k'n fitta BUNCH-a panties up in dere, boy!"
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Re: Things to say when you see a sousaphone...

Postby Uncle Markie » Mon Jun 26, 2017 8:01 pm

The one we used to get at the old Yankee Stadium (playing with the "Yankee Doodlers") was "hey - you guys play music?" As though someone would lug around a sousaphone for "fun"...
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Re: Things to say when you see a sousaphone...

Postby thejester10276 » Mon Jun 26, 2017 8:37 pm

I was walking down a street to go meet up with some people with a sousaphone, and on the way some guy started honking at me and told me to go back to mexico... :lol:
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Re: Things to say when you see a sousaphone...

Postby BrooklynBass » Tue Jun 27, 2017 11:57 am

Is that a trumpet?

No.

Trombone?

No.

Tuba?

Yes... let's go with that!
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Re: Things to say when you see a sousaphone...

Postby lost » Tue Jun 27, 2017 3:03 pm

All good ones.

Since I do a lot of parades...

"That's big." (Most common)

"Blow me a note tuba man!"

"Tuuuuuuuuba"
(speeding car past me with head out the window honking)
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Re: Things to say when you see a sousaphone...

Postby Steve Oberheu » Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:34 pm

One night after a late gig, the following scene unfolded behind me while walking down Osborne Street in Winnipeg with my horn on my shoulder...

Random drunk: "HEY TUBA!! TUUUBAAAA!!!!"
Unknown bystander: "It's a sousaphone ***hole! Get it right!!"
Me (in my head as I keep walking): "Thank you kind stranger!"
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Re: Things to say when you see a sousaphone...

Postby largobone » Tue Jun 27, 2017 10:39 pm

From several flute, clarinet, etc. players over the last year:
"That must be so EASY to march with, you don't even to have to hold it up!"
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Re: Things to say when you see a sousaphone...

Postby Heavy_Metal » Wed Jun 28, 2017 11:55 pm

lost wrote:"Tuuuuuuuuba"


That's a semi-standard greeting among tuba players around here :twisted:
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Re: Things to say when you see a sousaphone...

Postby Yane » Thu Jun 29, 2017 8:08 am

Well how about equine opinon? Walking back from a gig on the Customs House steps in Charleston SC a cart horse pulling a tourist wagon down the street the other way DID NOT LIKE my sousaphone, throwing his head up to watch me intently. I turned around and went the other way, figuring he'd be even more unhappy if the scary thing sidled in behind him.
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Re: Things to say when you see a sousaphone...

Postby windshieldbug » Thu Jun 29, 2017 9:22 am

"That thing's a joke waiting to happen- a guy with a tuba walks into a bar... "
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Re: Things to say when you see a sousaphone...

Postby iiipopes » Thu Jun 29, 2017 10:19 am

Actual dialog I have had:
"What IS that?"
"A sousaphone."
"A what?"
"Same as a tuba."
"Huh?"
"[Sigh] It does the same thing: low notes in a concert band: boom, boom, boom, boom. You hold a tuba. You wear a sousaphone."
"Oh?"
"You know - the guy on the football field at half-time who 'dots the I' in Ohio?"
"Oh, YEAH! Now I get it...."
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Re: Things to say when you see a sousaphone...

Postby KevinMadden » Sat Jul 01, 2017 8:31 pm

Not when I was holding a sousaphone... but related.

(On a bandstand having just been introduced 'on tuba'.. playing my 5/4)

Guest: That's not a tuba
Me:...yes it is?
Guest: I've been to a lot of football games and that ain't like no tuba I ever seen
Me: I assure you, this is a tuba, just not one for marching.
Guest: no Sir, THAT'S A BASSOON!
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Re: Things to say when you see a sousaphone...

Postby David Richoux » Sat Jul 01, 2017 10:21 pm

"Best thing I have seen all year!" (as I was departing the Seattle Link lightrail a few weeks ago.)
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Re: Things to say when you see a sousaphone...

Postby Highpitch » Sat Jul 01, 2017 10:23 pm

Intonation any good?

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Re: Things to say when you see a sousaphone...

Postby bearphonium » Sun Jul 09, 2017 11:54 pm

Walking away from a short Dixieland gig at a church. A very wide-eyed boy said "Oh, that is a very big trumpet"
And at least once during the Creswell 4th of July parade "Hey, it's Deputy Tuba!!!"
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