The Saxophone

July 31st Celebrates- The Saxophone

On July 31st 1845, the French Army introduced the saxophone to its military band.

Who invented the saxophone?

The musical instrument was the invention of Adolphe Sax in the 1840s, and patented in 1846 in Belgium.

Adolphe Sax, a Belgian instrument maker, flautist, and clarinetist born in Dinant and originally based in Brussels, he later moved to Paris to establish his musical instrument business.

The saxophone first gained popularity in one of the uses it was designed for: the military band. Although the instrument was studiously ignored in Germany at first, French and Belgian military bands took full advantage of the instrument that Sax had designed.

How did the saxophone get its name?

Named after its creator Adolphe Sax, he also invented the saxhorn, saxotromba, and saxtuba.

Today’s YouTube video shared by user name Music, gives you brief history of the saxophone:

Through military bands, like the French Army the saxophone would become a remarkable new image and sound that could be seen and heard around the globe.

It was through these bands that the saxophone made its way to New Orleans and became a key component in the formation of early jazz, as we celebrate today the magnificent sound of the saxophone, I wish you a wonderful weekend.

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell

J.D Mitchell Design Studio


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