Friday, January 28, 2011

National Kazoo Day

When: Always January 28th

People young and old love Kazoos. Kazoo Day celebrates the the joy of this musical instrument.

Alabama Vest of Macon Georgia made the first Kazoo in the 1840's. Actually, he conceived the Kazoo, and had Thaddeus Von Clegg, a German clockmaster make it to his specifications.
Commercial production of the Kazoo didn't occur until many years later in 1912. Manufacturing was first started by Emil Sorg in Western New York. Sorg joined up with Michael McIntyre, a Buffalo tool and die maker. Production moved to Eden, NY where the factory museum remains today.

Kazoos are easy to play. Simply hum a tune into the kazoo, and you're an expert. Kazoos can be played solo, or in groups. It plays a great tune both ways.
What do you do on National Kazoo day? Why, play the kazoo, of course.

Origin of National Kazoo Day:

We know when the Kazoo was invented, and by whom. We know a lot about the history of the Kazoo. But, we do not know who started National Kazoo Day.....
There is no evidence to suggest that this is truly a "National" day, which requires an act of congress.

I always loved the Kazoo. It was the only instrument I ever learned to play.  I bought my grandkids Kazoos for Christmas one year just for fun.


Fiona McGier said...

When one of my husband's brothers married about 15 years ago, we were amused to find that her brothers and brothers-in-law at the reception, gave the groom his very own kazoo, and they proceeded to parade around the room playing it. They told some story about it being a part of their Irish family lore, but it was just plain fun and funny! And a great introduction for the rest of us, to her family!

Cheryl said...

I've only ever had those cheap plastic kazoo's but they were fun. My daughter's best friend brought one over the house the other day, though, and I swear I almost hid it on her because she kept blowing it over and over again.

Janet Glaser said...

I keep rolling it over in my you play a kazoo? I know we say play an instrument, but is this an instrument? It's just a little thing that changes the sound of my voice. Playing a musical instrument implies one has to practice. The kazoo is picked up and hummed practice. But it is fun to play with..Hmm...maybe this thinking is too deep for the topic of playing a kazoo??? LOL.. Happy Kazoo Day to you too!!

Roseanne Dowell said...

Fiona, that sounds like such fun. I've only had the cheap dimestore ones also. But they are fun to play with.