Celebrate National Kazoo Day

People young and old (though mostly the young) love kazoos. Kazoo Day celebrates the joy people find in this musical instrument. Mr. Alabama Vest of Macon, Georgia, is credited with making the first kazoo in the 1840s. According to legend, Mr. Vest 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 does one do on National Kazoo day? Why, play the kazoo, of course.