Macon is birthplace of Kazoo

Sunday, Jan. 28 is “National Kazoo Day’


Sunday is National Kazoo Day.

Many people may not know Macon is the birthplace of the kazoo. It was first presented to the world at the Georgia State Fair in 1852.

In 2008, the citizens of Macon tried to set the world record for the largest playing kazoo band at Luther Williams Field during the Georgia State Fair but unfortunately fell short of the mark.

In honor of the “National Kazoo Day” on Jan. 28,  junior Benjamin Jorgensen, who plays french horn and baritone in the Stratford marching band played a Star Wars song on the kazoo.

Journalism teacher Mr. Ed Grisamore brought a yellow-and-blue kazoo to show his classes on Friday. It was a souvenir from the Sept. 25, 2008 attempt to break the world’s largest kazoo band record.

As he held up the kazoo in front of his students, Mr. Grisamore laughed.

“This is a kazoo,’’ he said, “not a vaping device.’’

Here is a link to the history of the kazoo.

Blow is the famous “Kazoo Kid.”