Were you in tune in the days when jazz bands ruled?

Members of Ryhope All Stars in 2004, from left, Chelsea Brown, Joanna Bradley, Leah Morrison and Kaitlyn Moody.
Members of Ryhope All Stars in 2004, from left, Chelsea Brown, Joanna Bradley, Leah Morrison and Kaitlyn Moody.
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Most people can remember jazz bands when they were growing up.

Were you a member of one, or perhaps one of your friends was in the band?

Waiting for their turn to parade  in front of the judges are these members of the Washington Whitehouse Fusiliers Juvenile Jazz Band.

Waiting for their turn to parade in front of the judges are these members of the Washington Whitehouse Fusiliers Juvenile Jazz Band.

Or perhaps a family member was a player or supporters of the music?

Some people say the uniforms played a large part of the fascination of the jazz band.

The detail in the uniforms can be seen by looking at these photographs, from the elaborate head-dresses to the colourful outfits the different groups wore.

The hours the band members must have had to put aside to practice their music and routines, certainly showed in the displays put on for the public.

Striding out during the Ford Estate Jazz Band Carnival in 1981.

Striding out during the Ford Estate Jazz Band Carnival in 1981.

Were you a member of a jazz band, or one of the people that established one of our jazz bands?

Is your jazz band still going? Do you have memories you would like to share with us?

We’d love to hear from you, so email your memories to chris.cordner@jpress.co.uk

Pennywell Toreadors Jazz Band, pictured in March 1974.

Pennywell Toreadors Jazz Band, pictured in March 1974.

A jazz band takes part in Houghton Feast Parade in 1979.

A jazz band takes part in Houghton Feast Parade in 1979.

Jazz bands take part in the annual Ryhope Community Association carnival and summer fair in 1995.

Jazz bands take part in the annual Ryhope Community Association carnival and summer fair in 1995.

Houghton Feast crowds watch the jazz band go by in 1979.

Houghton Feast crowds watch the jazz band go by in 1979.

Drum majorette Michelle Tully, 13,  at a juvenile jazz band parade through Seaham in May 1981.

Drum majorette Michelle Tully, 13, at a juvenile jazz band parade through Seaham in May 1981.

Washington Greys Jazz Band with their banner.

Washington Greys Jazz Band with their banner.

Ryhope All Stars Jazz Band at Silksworth Carnival in 1974.

Ryhope All Stars Jazz Band at Silksworth Carnival in 1974.