Kazoo Keepers tackles mental health

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Photo courtesy Evelyn Ehrman

Junior Bella Bargman, member of the Kazoo Keepers, holds a golden kazoo in preparation for their next performance.

Club president Kevin Glaser and his club, the Kazoo Keepers, look forward to the school year, including their performances during lunchtime and at POTH, while simultaneously raising funds for a local mental health organization.

During the pandemic last year, people were isolated. The lack of social interaction led people to struggle with mental health, especially teenagers. To combat these struggles, Glaser created the club to allow people to have fun during the pandemic and to remind students that having fun can happen virtually. “A fun thing like kazoos could lift spirit and bring people together as the kazoo is very affordable and is easy to play,” Glaser said.

I’m excited for the club to finally perform in person after a year of doing so virtually.”

— Kevin Glaser

One of the events the Kazoo Keepers are performing at is Putting on the Hits (POTH) which is a lip sync and dance competition that features participants from all grades and from multiple different clubs. The Kazoo Keepers are currently preparing their performance for POTH.  “I’m excited for the club to finally perform in person after a year of doing so virtually,” Glaser said. 

The club members are looking forward to their first in-person performance at POTH, even though not everyone has experience with performing in front of peers. “The talent show should be a great time,” junior member Bella Bargman said. 

One of her friends and fellow club member, junior Sureena Atwal, shares that sentiment. “I am not that nervous, I know we’ll have fun,” Atwal said.

Last year the club performed virtually and they did birthday celebration videos for students over Zoom. Last winter, the club performed Jingle Bells, as seen on their Instagram and one of their birthday celebrations went to Bargman, who was made aware of the club through that celebration video.

Compared to other clubs, the Kazoo Keepers aren’t centered around a certain school subject, sport, or bringing awareness to a certain topic directly; rather, they help people’s mental health as the club attempts to be fun for all of their participants. “The kazoo club is definitely the most mental health-centered club, the focus is to have a break and hang out with friends,” Bargman said. 

During lunch the club will goes around in an a capella-esque fashion and performs for students who pay, with all of those proceeds going to a local mental health organization. Glaser, who is a junior, will have one more year to run the club, meaning he will need to find someone to take over in the future. “[I am] hopeful that the club will continue with underclassmen taking leadership after [I] graduate,” Glaser said.