January 28th National Kazoo Day

Ah, the musical instrument anyone can play, so long as you have lips! With as simple as the design is, you might think the kazoo has been with us since the beginning of time, but it hasn’t.

The first vented kazoo was created in the 1840’s, made by Alabama Vest in Macon, Georgia. His instrument was crudely made calling for Thaddeus Von Clegg, in Germany, to find ways to improve it and make it resemble what we know the kazoo to look like today.

It was not mass manufactured until 1912 when Emil Sorg and Michael McIntyre started making them on an assembly line. The price naturally dropped making it probably the most affordable musical instruments one can buy. Of course, the better the quality the better the sound and the longer they will last.

It is the perfect kitchen band instrument, good for sing-a-longs and to entertain those around you. They may not always be in tune but they are fun and it’s hard to keep from smiling when one is being played.

How to celebrate – Go buy a good quality kazoo! Form a Kazoo kitchen band. Learn how to make your own kazoo.