(Answer) Some brass bands at Oktoberfest feature tubas, some sousaphones. What’s the difference?

[9-17-2022] Microsoft Rewards Bing Homepage Quiz Question: Some brass bands at Oktoberfest feature tubas, some sousaphones. What’s the difference?

The given options are:

  • The sousaphone takes less practice
  • The shape of the instrument
  • The tuba is louder

Some brass bands at Oktoberfest feature tubas, some sousaphones. What’s the difference?

Correct Answer: The shape of the instrument


Info: Tuba and sousaphone are two of the most prominent instruments in the family of brass instruments. The shape and appearance differentiate the tuba from the sousaphone. The sousaphone has a broad bell that faces above the player’s head and projects forward, whereas the bell in the tuba is smaller and doesn’t extend as far as the player’s head.

The largest folk festival in the world wouldn’t be complete without brass bands playing traditional Bavarian tunes. The ‘oom-pah’ rhythm heard in many Oktoberfest songs and polkas is provided by the largest brass instrument, the tuba. But the massive instrument is hard to carry when marching, so American composer John Philip Sousa commissioned the sousaphone in 1893. A sousaphone is a tuba shaped to wrap around the player so that they can ‘wear’ the instrument, which makes walking while playing much easier.

Today’s “Microsoft Rewards Bing Homepage Quiz” has three questions related to Oktoberfest. Each question has only one correct answer and carries one point. The wrong answer does not earn any points. So, select only the right answers.

All three questions from today’s Bing Homepage Quiz are below. You can find their answers by visiting those pages.

  1. At which festive German autumn event was today’s photo taken?
  2. The first Oktoberfest was held to celebrate what historic event?
  3. Some brass bands at Oktoberfest feature tubas, some sousaphones. What’s the difference?

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