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Clarinet in B-flat

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Clarinet in B-flat
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This object appears in the following sections:

The Connected City: New York, New York, 1920s
The Connected City: New York, New York, 1920s — New York Connected

Tenor Saxophone

The Sugar Foot Stomp

Clarinet in B- flat
Catalog #: 75.28, Accession #: 314090
Currently on display
From the Smithsonian Collection
This B-flat clarinet was made by the Selmer Company and is typical of clarinets widely available in the first half of the 20th century. It was owned and used by Harold Woolridge, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, who was a soloist with the Sousa Band from 1921 to 1928. Woolridge held the solo clarinet chair for 7 years and traveled more than 400,000 miles with the Sousa Band and other groups. This clarinet is used in "America on the Move" to represent the type of musical instrument Jazz Age musicians might have brought with them to New York in the 1920s.
Physical Description
Artifact. B-flat clarinet measuring 26" H x 3 1/8 bell diameter.
Date Made:
about 1920
Dates Used:
about 1920 - 1975
Indiana, Iowa
Gift of Mrs. Richard N. Peterson
Related People, Places, and Events
Selmer Company

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