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National Kazoo Day 2014

Come to the Seuss Room of Geisel Library at UC San Diego on Tuesday, January 28th, 2013, at noon to listen to some new chamber music for kazoo composed by alumni of UC San Diego.

The kazoo may be best known as an annoying party favor, but research tools at the UC San Diego Library reveal some historical surprises and current uses.

Speech therapists have had success using the kazoo as a rehabilitation tool for adults and as an ice-breaker for young children who are perhaps too shy to engage in prescribed vocal exercise.

Anthropologists and sociologists have found ancient kazoos thought to be used in solemn ceremonies in Africa and Mexico. Classical composers and pop musicians alike have snuck kazoos into their compositions and recordings.

National Kazoo Day is almost upon us! The date is often celebrated on the fourth Thursday of January, but this year the cabal of kazoo leaders have opted for the more stationary numerical date of January 28th (falling on a Tuesday this year.)

Encore songs from The Cat in the Hat Songbook will be performed, if the audience insists. A collection of kazoos from many decades and many countries will be on view and, while supplies last, a free kazoo for attendees. Also that day: sort through some fascinating kazoo literature (scholarly articles and musical scores.)

For more information or questions, contact Scott Paulson at (858) 822-5758 or spaulson@ucsd.edu.

Visit http://libraries.ucsd.edu for more information about events at the UCSD library.

Location: UCSD - Geisel Library 9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, California 92093 Google Maps

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending.

Graphic image of a kazoo. Courtesy of the UC San Diego Library.

Above: Graphic image of a kazoo. Courtesy of the UC San Diego Library.

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