Sax’s other horn

Adolph Sax, the Belgian inventor of the sax horn which virtually all Civil War unit bands on both sides played—including those at Knoxville in November 1863—didn’t have to rest on the laurels with which an appreciative populace crowned him.

Indeed, though the intrepid sax horn has long since lost its lengthy bell and added some extra tubing to become the humble baby tuba or euphonium (both probably descended from the serpent), Adolph had a horn for the ages waiting in the wings: the Jazz and Rock band’s still ubiquitous saxophone.

About Dick Stanley

Retired Texas daily newspaperman
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