About National Kazoo Day
The kazoo is in the family of musical instruments called, “mirlitons”. These instruments make their sound by sympathetic vibration with the human voice.
It is popularly believed that Alabama Vest, an African-American in Macon, Georgia, invented the kazoo around 1840.
In 1912, Emil Sorg, a traveling salesman, teamed up with Michael McIntyre, a toolmaker out of Buffalo, to first begin mass producing the noise makers.
In 1916, the Original American Kazoo Company in Eden, New York started manufacturing kazoos for the masses in a two-room shop and factory, utilizing a couple of dozen jack presses for cutting, bending and crimping metal sheets. These machines were used for many decades. By 1994, the company produced 1.5 million kazoos per year and was the only manufacturer of metal kazoos in North America. The factory, is now called The Kazoo Factory and Museum. It is still operating, and it is open to the public for tours.