3 Air Force Band

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


RESCHEDULED! Tonight: Club for Five & Air Force Big Band

Tickets: starting at 36€
  • Sat 07.03.2020
    Madetoja hall, Leevi Madetojan katu 1-3, 90150 OULU
  • Sun 08.03.2020
    Korundi Hall, Lapinkävijäntie 4, 96100 ROVANIEMI
  • Mon 09.03.2020
    Kuhmo-talo, Koulukatu 1, 88900 KUHMO
  • Tue 10.03.2020
    Akustiikka, Koulukatu 2 B, 84100 YLIVIESKA
  • Wed 11.03.2020
    Music Centre, Concert hall, Kuopionlahdenkatu 23, 70100 KUOPIO
  • Wed 02.09.2020
    Logomo, Köydenpunojankatu 14, 20100 TURKU
  • Tue 17.11.2020
    Sibelius Hall, Ankkurikatu 7, 15140 LAHTI
  • Tue 16.03.2021
    Promenadi Hall, Yrjönkatu 17, 28100 PORI
  • Wed 17.03.2021
    Tampere Hall, Yliopistonkatu 55, 33100 TAMPERE
  • Sat 21.03.2020
    Finlandia Hall, Mannerheimintie 13e, 00100 HELSINKI
    Sorting out the new date.
Conductor: Juha Ketola Organised by the Air Force Band
Nb! The concerts have been rescheduled.

Playing music by the most popular Finnish light music composers, Toivo Kärki, Unto Mononen and Junnu Vainio, two skillful setups will join their forces.
With their splendid musical expression, the Air Force Big Band and the Club for Five will create emotional and hilarious interpretations of many famous songs that have remained in the hearts of Finns in the course of years.

CANCELLED! Elämän Virta -concert

Tickets: 25€ (sold at the door, includes halftime serving)
  • Thu 23.04.2020
    6.00 PM
    Palokka school, Koivutie 5, 40270 Palokka
Soloists: Saija Tuupainen and Mikael Konttinen
Conductor: Juha Ketola

A light music concert by the Air Force Band with singers Saija Tuupanen and Mikael Konttinen as soloists.
The proceeds will go towards front veterans' recreational activities and cultural heritage.
Organised by Rintamaveteraanien Keski-Suomen piiri.


Tickets: starting at 25€
  • Wed 13.05.2020
    Kulttuuritalo Sturenkatu 4, 00510 Helsinki
  • Thu 14.05.2020
    Sibeliustalo, Ankkurikatu 7, 15140 Lahti
  • Fri 15.05.2020
    Paviljonki Wilhelm-sali, Lutakonaukio 12, 40100 Jyväskylä
Performers: Airmen of Note (USA) & Ilmavoimien Big Band
Conductors: Juha Ketola, Kevin R. Burns
CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS, BUT WILL HOPEFULLY BE RESCHEDULED. In this concert, Finnish big band music and Glenn Miller classics will shake hands and you will get an opportunity to enjoy the music of two great big bands playing together and separately. The United States Air Force big band- Airmen of Note will make a guest appearance invited by the Air Force Big Band. This orchestra is considered the very top of American big band culture with a mission to cherish the legacy of the Glenn Miller Orchestra. What makes this visit special is that the Orchestra has never performed in Finland before. During its visit, the Orchestra will perform in three locations with the Air Force Big Band.