Seattle Street musician Ed McMichael was a fixture outside Seattle sports stadiums and events, entertaining onlookers by playing the tuba and wearing a ridiculous hat. When McMichael was robbed and murdered by three juveniles last fall, Doug Creson thought that he deserved some kind of tribute. He made his project in Landmark Education’s Self-Expression and Leadership Program a “kazoo salute” at the Seattle Mariners home opener this year which involved hundreds of participant.
Creson’s project, which caught the attention of local media, including an interview on KIRO FM radio. On that show, Creson said why he took on the project:
“I read through all the news accounts about him last fall and was really touched by how the city reacted – the outpouring of sympathy and how everyone remembered Ed, and it just really touched me. So I wanted to do something in his honor, and this spring I was taking a Self Expression and Leadership Course through Landmark Education and decided to make this my community project. Get the community involved, get music involved, and bring Ed’s spirit back to Seattle sports.
Creson passed out hundreds of kazoos outside the stadium and lead the large crowd in songs such as “When the Saints go Marching In” in honor of McMichael.