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Jazz up a kazoo and join the big festival parade.

AN ARMY of kazoo players is planning a coup at Marsden Jazz Festival.

The festival hosts four workshops where guests can build their own 'flamboyant' kazoos for a parade on October 10.

Led by artists Rachel Ellis and Dave Young, workshops to build your own custom kazoo take place at Marsden Parochial Hall, next to St Bartholomew's Church, at 2pm tomorrow, Sunday, and on September 26 and 27.

The workshops are among nearly 100 events - 70 of which are free - taking place at the festival, which is sponsored by Arts Council England and Kirklees Council.

Festival producer Barney Stevenson, said: "One of the brilliant things about the jazz festival is that it's a real family event that's not just about listening to great music, but taking part as well.

"The Saturday street parade is always a highlight and this year we're encouraging festival goers to join in with their own hand-made kazoos.

"The kazoo workshops taking place over the next two weekends are free to attend and you'll leave with your very own flamboyant kazoo horn to play in the parade.

"You don't have to contact us in advance - just turn up on the day and we'll get you crafting a kazoo in no time."

Last year's | " A kazoo player hums, rather than blows, into the instrument and that makes the kazoo's membrane vibrate.

The instrument is thought to date back hundreds of years to African tribesmen but the first documented appearance of a kazoo was that created by an American inventor, Warren Herbert Frost, who named his new musical instrument kazoo in his patent of January 9, 1883.

The Saturday parade will again be the centrepiece of the festival, led by Cumbrian street band Blast Furness.

A moving scrap metal sculpture, the Hurly Burly, which wowed visitors at last year's festival will also be bringing his sister, the Beast, along this year.

The Hurly Burly and the Beast - a pesky dragon who can't resist playing with the audience - have both been made by local sculptor Dave Yo u n g , who will also help develop the horns made at the kazoo workshops.

kazoo parade in ternationally-acclaimed saxophonist Jean Toussaint headlines this year's Marsden Jazz Festival, which runs between October 9 and 11.

Most gigs take place at Marsden Mechanics' Hall as well as the Marquee On the Bridge, the Marquee Outside the Mechanics and the Bandstand In the Park, 13 pubs, clubs and bars, two cafes and a former cowshed.

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Date:Sep 18, 2015
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