Paraffernalia was formed in November 2003, following a series of jazz workshops run by The BBC Big Band. The band plays a mixture of classic swing/big band pieces by famous big band leaders like Glen Miller and Duke Ellington. Over the last few of years the band has leaned towards more modern styles including funk. On two occasions, the band has performed at The National Festival of Music for Youth in Birmingham, and performs regularly in The Great North Big Band Festival in Sunderland. In 2009, the band won the Best Sax Section and in 2012, the band won the Best Band in the youth section. Players need to be playing at Grade 4+ level, membership is by invitation or teachers recommendation.

Rehearsal time: Every Thursday during term time: 6:30pm until 8:30pm

Venue: St George’s Clubhouse, Gateshead

If you are interested in joining the band or would just like to give it a try please contact Gateshead Music Service admin office on 0191 4338685.