South Tyneside’s juvenile jazz band stars

Bck in  July 1971  drummers of Hebburn Crusaders Jazz Band practice before the jazz band carnival at Hebburn Civic Centre.
Bck in July 1971 drummers of Hebburn Crusaders Jazz Band practice before the jazz band carnival at Hebburn Civic Centre.

So how many South Tyneside juvenile/junior jazz bands from the past can you name?

I know from previous stories about these popular bands, that many of you used to be members, and thoroughly enjoyed your time marching, playing kazoos – and winning trophies.

The Golden Eagles Jazz Band.

The Golden Eagles Jazz Band.

Here, we feature a few of them, namely the Hebburn Crusaders Jazz Band; South Shields Beachcombers; The Golden Eagles Juvenile Jazz Band, from South Shields; Hebburn Franconians Juvenile Jazz Band, Cleadon Marines and Whiteleas Submariners Juvenile Jazz Band.

Were you a member of any of these bands?

If not, which jazz band did you belong to and what was it like competing in contests, both near and far?

Please get in touch with your musical memories.

John Martin, one of the trainers of Hebburn Franconians Juvenile Jazz Band serving cool drinks to some of the band members.

John Martin, one of the trainers of Hebburn Franconians Juvenile Jazz Band serving cool drinks to some of the band members.

Ian Sanderson, 4, of Cleadon Marines Jazz Band.

Ian Sanderson, 4, of Cleadon Marines Jazz Band.