The Kazoo Choir unveiled a quirky surprise at the Student Blockbuster Recital when they performed “Hymn to Concordia” on the comedic instrument. (Video below)
The recital, held in January, for any Concordia music students interested in showcasing their work, served as the group’s premiere performance.
Organized by Jake Pavia ’17, Plymouth, Minn., and Peter Dunbar ’17, Cambridge, Minn., the group of a dozen students (though only eight performed at the recital) meets once a week to entertain their appreciation of the plastic instrument.
“I started Kazoo Choir because I thought it would be a fun way to spend a little time during the week,” says Pavia. “I posted some fliers around campus to look for interest and to my surprise some people actually showed up.”
The humor inherent in the group’s performance isn’t lost on Pavia.
“Since we were playing at the Student Blockbuster, I thought that having some extremely talented musicians followed by us playing the school song on kids’ toys added to the humor,” says Pavia.
It’s likely that the hymn’s composer, Herman Monson, whose first instrument was a violin built from a cigar box and stove wood, would have enjoyed the untraditional rendition of his piece.
Other kazoo adaptations currently in the works include the 1954 hit “Mr. Sandman” and Van Halen’s “Jump.”