The Carleton Place Kazoo Band — Great Moments in Kazoo History



Photo from—Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Did you know the 100 Club Kazoo Band of Carleton Place made its debut during Old Home Week in 1924?


William Pattie – 1842/1931

Mayor of Carleton Place – 1893 – Building Contractor and “Oldest Surviving Son of Carleton Place”.


W.P. Pattie who was known as “Pills” waved the baton to lead the parade. Classic and jazz music were one and the same to the band. The kazoo quickly became popular in America, and was dubbed the “most democratic” instrument in the world as just about anyone can pick one up and play it right away. That appeared to be the case in the Carleton Place band as few members knew one note from another– bass and treble meant nothing.

While no one in that band knew how to play the tuba or the bass drum, the kazoo was the only instrument just about anyone could learn right off the bat. Non-kazoo operating members of their band played a wax-paper-covered comb.


Historical Note

Carleton Place Centenary Celebration and Old Home Week

August 3, 1924.

Dalton Corry Coleman

Guest of Honor” – Vice President in charge of the Western lines for the Canadian Pacific Railway.


Darla Fisher Giles added the above picture- Thanks Darla!!

This is a picture of my house and Dalton Coleman, where he grew up. It was taken during Home Week in 1924


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Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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