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Pierre-Auguste Sarrus
Born March 14 or 15, 1813
Saint-Affrique, France
Died May 3, 1876(1876-05-03)
Paris, France
Occupation Musician, Inventor
Spouse(s) Mélanie Bellemère

Pierre-Auguste Sarrus (March 14 or 15, 1813 – May 3, 1876) was a French musician and inventor.

  • He joined the army at the age of 23.
  • November 27, 1843: Sarrus is affected to the 74th Régiment d'Infanterie as corporal-chief of the music, it is the start of his military musician career.
  • August 18, 1846: wedding with Mélanie Bellemère.
  • 1852: Sarrus receives the Médaille militaire.
  • 1854: Member of the Expédition d'Orient (Crimean War), he receives the Médaille de Crimée.
  • April 2, 1855: he is affected to the 13th Régiment d'Infanterie.
  • July 10, 1855: he is promoted officer.
  • 1860-61: member of the Campaign of Syria.
  • 1863: he receives the 5th class Turkish Médjidié's order and the Victoria Cross.
  • December 26, 1864: he is made knight of the Légion d'honneur.
  • July 10, 1867: Sarrus gets retired, he was then chief of music (ranking as a lieutenant) of the 13th Régiment d'Infanterie de Ligne.

Nevertheless, Pierre-Auguste Sarrus is not famous for his military career, but for having invented a music instrument to replace the oboe and bassoon in military music in 1856. Pierre-Louis Gautrot built this instrument and patented it under the name sarrusophone.

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