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NATIONAL KAZOO DAY,
(NEARLY ANNUAL MESSAGE FROM BARBARA STEWART)
-- For immediate release, January 2003 --

 

 

My fellow kazooists, greetings for National Kazoo Day! It is celebrated on or about the last Thursday in January -- or some other time at the convenience of the kazooist. As stated by Founder (Chaplain) Willard Rahn of the Homewood Retirement Home in Williamsport, MD, “We have to be flexible.”  This year it seems to be around Jan. 28.

 

As acknowledged world authority on kazooing, I have been asked to deliver the yearly inspirational message, as I have done nearly annually (except for some years when I forgot) ever since Chaplain Rahn and the Joyful Noise Kazoo Band originated National Kazoo Day in 1983 or so.

 

NATIONAL KAZOO DAY MESSAGE

On this day, I urge you to band together for more perfect harmony and vocalize your support of the kazoo as national instrument -- to keep America humming…

 

For the last 20 or 30 years or so, this campaign for national instrument status has been in a stage described by onlookers as “dormancy”.  Now, fellow kazooists, is the time to raise your voices to the cause! We have a national bird, a national song – and a national debt! Why not make the kazoo the national instrument?  Don’t call us…write your Senator or Congressman…

 

TRUE ORIGINS OF NATIONAL KAZOO DAY

For those of you who have been too busy kazooing to keep up on your history either through Kazoo U. extension courses; the How To Kazoo textbook (15th printing,Workman Publishing); or How to Kazoo Self-Instructional tapes  -- here is the correct history of National Kazoo Day.

 

In 1983, while browsing through Readers Digest, Chaplain Willard Rahn saw a note on National Tuba Day. If tubas, why not kazoos? Chaplain Rahn and the Joyful Noise Kazoo Band at the Leader Nursing Home in Chambersburg, PA decided to DO something and establish National Kazoo Day.

 

Unfortunately the oldest kazoo band in the world (average age 88.6666) initially had some difficulty making their voices heard, and they enlisted my assistance to reach important ears. I wisely referred them to Associated Press, which had no hearing problem whatsoever -- and the rest is kazoo history.

 

Led in their campaign by Chaplain Willard Rahn, the Joyful Noise Kazoo Band marched triumphantly though red tape, as National Kazoo Day was officially established on or about the fourth Thursday in January. Ask not what you can kazoo for your country!

 

UPDATE

Unfortunately, Chase’s Calendar (McGraw Hill) no longer lists National Kazoo Day, so word is passed on by oral tradition. It lives on in the hearts and minds of all loyal kazooists, who hand down the culture to future generations.

 

KAZOO TWO© PUBLICATION

Although there is a manuscript for Kazoo Two: Banding Together for More Perfect Harmony, so far no public outcry for this band method book has reached the ears (tin) of publishers. However, the individual method book, How to Kazoo (Workman Publishing) is in its 15th printing this year.

 

BARBARA STEWART KAZOO PRODUCT LINE™

Rumors of impending announcement of a Barbara Stewart Kazoo Product Line™ are so far unsubstantiated.

 

WHERE ARE WE NOW?

Chaplain Rahn has moved on to another post at the Homewood Retirement Home in Williamsport, MD and established another Joyful Noise Kazoo Band there, carrying on any known traditions. It is still the oldest kazoo band in the world, maintaining an average age of over 93.3333 (due to a couple of members who were 103 and 104.) Numbers understandably vary from year to year. 

 

Chaplain Rahn himself is now emeritus Band Leader. However, he assures me his heart is forever with the Joyful Noise kazooists. We join him and them in raising our voices on the  National Kazoo Day of our choice.

 

 

©2003 Barbara Stewart

Author of How To Kazoo,

as well as Kazoo Keeper of Kazoophony™

(the world’s largest and currently most tacit kazoo quartet)

 

 


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