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Air Force Band

The Air Force Big Band, always dressed in blue, delights audiences in its own home town of Jyväskylä and around Finland with its wide variety of musical genres. The main task is to fulfil the musical needs within The Finnish Air Force’s events. The Air Force Band is the only band concentrating on big band and entertaining music within the Defence Forces. They work continuously with top professionals around the world creating entertaining and high quality concerts for the audience.

Senior Conductor

Major (Mus.) Juha Ketola


Air Force Big Band - Aalto 3: "Soitellen sotaan"

  • Fri 07.09.2018
    7:00 pm
    Paviljonki, Ravintola Faneri, Lutakonaukio 12, 40100 Jyväskylä
    Soloists: Jorma Kalevi Louhivuori (trumpet) and Hilkka Louhivuori (vocalist) Conductor: Ralf Nyqvist
You will hear old Finnish military and battle songs as big band arrangements.

Tickets: 25/20 € + delivery fee (from 1€ lippu.fi)
Dinner & show - package starts at 56€ (incl. VAT)

Organized by: Air force band

Air Force Big Band - Aalto 4: To the tune of the Dallapé

  • Fri 09.11.2018
    7:00 pm
    Paviljonki, Ravintola Faneri, Lutakonaukio 12, 40100 Jyväskylä
    Vocalist: Juha Hostikka Conductor: Juha Ketola, Major (mus.)
The Dallapé concert concludes the 2018 Aalto series of the Air Force Big Band.
The Finnish light music orchestra Dallapé, which was founded in 1925, has had a significant influence on Finland’s music culture over the decades. The first best-selling recordings of Finnish light music were made at the end of the 1920s, while the 1930s was the first golden era of Finnish light music. This period has influenced Finnish makers of pop songs until these days.
In the early 1930s, the Finnish accordion jazz, mastered by Dallapé, dominated record sales. Most Finns bought records for listening and only a small number of people used them as background music for dancing. In the late 1930s, Dallapé was increasingly influenced by jazz tunes; in fact the song Sulamith recorded in 1931 had already given a taste of things to come. Sung by Veli Lehto, it was the first hit by Dallapé. For Finns, the composition of Matti Jurva, with its oases, mirages and minarets, symbolised longing for distant places. There was also a dose of Persian mysticism, One Thousand and One Nights, Hollywood and Rudolf Valentino. It was an instant hit among the record-buying public in Finland, especially because it also included a hefty amount of the exotic and scorching desert.

Call to flight AALTO IV: You will be guided through the musical journey by Juha Hostikka, who has been in charge of the Dallapé Orchestra since 2009. Hostikka, who is known for his magnificent voice, has performed in a large number of theatre and opera productions in both Finland and abroad.

Be sure to reserve your seat early, because the capacity of the DC-3 is limited.
The route: Egypt-Timbuktu-Siberia-Hungarian Pustza-Sahara-Jungle-Tampere

Juha Ketola, the captain on the flight, will be joined by Juha Hostikka as the co-pilot.

Tickets: 25/20 € + delivery fee (from 1€ lippu.fi)
Dinner & show - package starts at 56€ (incl. VAT)

Organised by: Air Force Band