A large spiral bass tuba played encircling the player’s head and resting on the shoulder.
- Many free black and slave musicians who fought in the Civil War became adept at using piston-valve instruments of conical bore, including tubas, helicons, and saxophones.
- It was from the helicon that Conn in the USA devised the sousaphone for the American bandmaster John Philip Sousa.
- Keeping the faith with the Balkan brass-band traditions, he leads his boys through romps of full-bodied funkiness, cemented by blasts on the tuba-like helicon.
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