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Best Duke Silver (Ron Swanson) Costume Guide
Duke Silver is the stage name of fan favorite Ron Swanson from the hit comedy series, Parks and Recreation. Ron, unbeknownst to his colleagues, actually moonlights as a jazz musician. More specifically, a jazz saxophonist. In fact, as Duke Silver, he’s the leader of The Duke Silver Trio who performs at Cozy’s Bar every second Thursday of the month. Ron uses Duke Silver as a stage name to keep his privacy. His fanbase is mostly comprised of middle-aged women, or older. Throughout the run of the Parks and Recreation television series, a few of his colleagues become aware of Ron’s jazz alter ego. Get the look of the secret jazz musician with this Duke Silver costume guide.
To look like the Eagleton, Indiana jazz legend, dress up in a Red Long-Sleeved Undershirt, a Grey Three-Piece Suit, White Crew Socks, Oxford Shoes, a Black Fedora, a Toy Saxophone, and Retro Sunglasses.
Duke Silver (Ron Swanson) Cosplay Costumes
Duke Silver is a character in his own right. Nobody else but Parks and Recreation favorite Ron Swanson could have thought him up. As such, cosplaying as Duke is no easy task. The most important thing you need to have is the cool confidence and dry humor that Duke exudes. The rest is much easier if you have that nailed down. You’ll just need to wear a red long-sleeved undershirt underneath a grey three-piece suit. For footwear, go for Oxford shoes with white crew socks. A black Fedora and a pair of retro sunglasses are must-wears for this look. Don’t forget the toy saxophone, too, to give off that jazz musician vibe.
Make sure your Parks and Recreation jazz fans are there to complete your look too. Your friends will surely enjoy dressing up as Leslie Knope, Andy Dwyer, Tom Haverford, and the rest of the Parks and Rec gang.
About Duke Silver (Ron Swanson)
Duke Silver is a welcome recurring character-slash-alter-ego on Parks and Recreation. Perhaps because he is a fresh contrast from the Ron Swanson that viewers know of and are accustomed to. A generally deadpan and grumpy character, Ron as Duke Silver is utterly surprising. In a very good way. Throughout the series, there are only four key characters who are revealed to know about Duke Silver: Mark, Tom (who was led to find out by Mark), April (who apparently knew Ron was Duke from the first moment they met because her mother has all of Duke’s albums), and Andy. Eventually, in a later episode of the series, it is revealed that, although unknown to Andy, Duke actually recorded a saxophone solo for one of his band’s songs “Catch Your Dream.”
At the end of the Unity Concert, Ron finally reveals that he is, in fact, Duke Silver and joins Andy and the rest of the performers on stage for the last song. This comes as a surprise for the rest of the characters who didn’t know at that point.