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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

Concerts

The Air Force Band’s Light Music Concert on the Anniversary of the Army

  • Wed 20.02.2019
    18:00
    Kangasala-talo, Kuohunharjuntie 6, Kangasala
    Solistina: Pentti, Rosa ja Iina Hietanen Kapellimestari: Juha Ketola
Entertainment / light music concert with Pentti, Roosa and Iina Hietanen performing as the Air Force Band’s vocalists. The Band plays, among others, splendid movie compositions and familiar songs considered bravuras of fiery tenors in particular.

Tickets starting from 17.50€
Organizer: The Finnish Defence Forces/Regional office of Pirkanmaa

Brothers-in-arms evenings

  • Fri 22.02.2019
    18:00
    Musiikkikeskus, Kuopionlahdenkatu 23, 7010 Kuopio
    Solistina: Juha Hostikka Kapellimestari: Juha Ketola
Entertainment / light music concert with Pentti, Roosa and Iina Hietanen performing as the Air Force Band’s vocalists. The Band plays, among others, splendid movie compositions and familiar songs considered bravuras of firy tenors in particular.
Järjestää: Kuopion Laulavat Rakuunat Ry

Air Force Big Band - Tribute to Frank Zappa

  • Fri 22.03.2019
    19:00
    Paviljonki, Ravintola Faneri, Lutakonaukio 12, 40100 Jyväskylä
    Soloist: Marzi Nyman Conductor: Juha Ketola
The concert pays tribute to the American Frank Zappa, who was one of the best known guitarists of our time and a forerunner both in progressive music and in music combining different styles. He was an original personality in pop music, a versatile and skilled musician, composer, electric guitar player, singer, song writer and band leader, whose musical genius comes out in his albums - tens of them-, in his satirical texts and skill to arrange music for a host of different set ups. Many great names of pop music, including Paul McCartney have named Zappa a major inspiration.

One of Finland's best known guitar virtuosos will be the soloist of the Air Force Big Band in this concert: Marzi Nyman Along the years, audiences have come to know Nyman through his various tv performances and concerts with Finland's best known artists. He is also known for his manner of performing full of humour, combined with a seamless mastery of various instruments and musical ingenuity.

The concert programme includes Zappa's music as arranged for a big band. These arrangements were first heard on a CD published with Rytmi (Rhythm) magazine in 2003, when Nyman was accompanied by the UMO Jazz Orchestra. Now the arrangements get a new lease on life with the Air Force Big Band.
Welcome to enjoy a wonderful musical experience!

Tickets 25 € / 20 € / 1,5 € (inc. commission fee) + transaction fee starting from 1 €
Organizer: The Air Force Band

Air Force Big Band: Concert on the Occasion of Releasing Maisemakuvia Suomesta (Finnish Landscapes)

  • Thu 04.04.2019
    Doors at 20:00
    Tavastia-klubi, Urho Kekkosen katu 4-6, 00100 Helsinki
    Solistina: Pepa Päivinen Kapellimestari: Juha Ketola
The Air Force Big Band Finnish Landscapes album release tour will have a festive start at Tavastia Club. Pepa Päivinen, an all-rounder in woodwind instruments will play as the soloist in the concert.

The Air Force Big Band’s Finnish Landscapes album released at Tavastia will bring out the sound of Anssi Tikanmäki’s legendary pieces with a new set of nuances. The music collected on the album has stood the test of time, and the colours of the tones inspired by the landscapes spanning from Lapland’s fells to Uusimaa are as bright as ever. The contributions of several different arrangers result in a fresh, interesting outcome. This is what Tikanmäki has said: “On this album, the Air Force Band has given my compositions a new lease on life.”

Anssi Tikanmäki has shown strong support and a spirit of involvement, and the Air Force Big Band wishes to honour the composer’s original production in Finnish Landscape. The original album was a major event when it was first released in 1981, instantly reaching a wide-spread audience no matter what their musical preferences were.   Anssi Tikanmäki’s spectacular musical palette is introduced in a big band set up at Tavastia for the first time. Saxophone artist Pepa Päivinen and the Air Force Big Band make up an explosive combination and their show won't leave anybody cold.

This is a concert you don’t want to miss!

Tickets 25€ from Tiketti / at the door 30€, if not sold out.
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Järjestää: Tavastia sekä Ilmavoimien soittokunta

Air Force Big Band: Finnish Lanscapes

  • Fri 05.04.2019
    19:00
    Seinäjoki-sali, Kalevankatu 35, 60100 Seinäjoki
    Solistina: Pepa Päivinen Kapellimestari: Juha Ketola
The Air Force Big Band’s Finnish Landscapes album release tour also includes Seinäjoki.

The Air Force Big Band’s Finnish Landscape concert is a fantastic overview of Finnish sentiment and what it means to be a Finn. The Band plays Anssi Tikanmäki’s legendary Finnish Landscape production in fresh, new arrangements in terms of tone and colour. Anssi Tikanmäki has shown strong support and a spirit of involvement, and the Air Force Big Band wishes to honour the composer’s original production in Finnish Landscape. This is what Tikanmäki has said: “On this album, the Air Force Band has given my compositions a new lease on life.”

The music collected on the album has stood the test of time, and the colours of the tones inspired by the landscapes spanning from Lapland’s fells to Uusimaa are as bright as ever. The contributions of several different arrangers result in a fresh, interesting outcome.

The original album was a major event when it was first released in 1981, instantly reaching a wide-spread audience no matter what their musical preferences were.  Anssi Tikanmäki’s spectacular musical palette is introduced in Seinäjoki in a big band set up. Saxophone artist Pepa Päivinen and the Air Force Big Band make up an explosive combination and their show won't leave anybody cold.

This is a concert you don’t want to miss!

Tickets in advance 22€ + other possible fees, from Ticketmaster / at the door 25€, if not sold out.
Organizer: Air Force Band

Air Force Big Band: Finnish Lanscapes

  • Sat 06.04.2019
    19:00
    Snellman-sali, Merkuriuksenkuja, 67100 Kokkola
    Solistina: Pepa Päivinen Kapellimestari: Juha Ketola
The Air Force Big Band’s Finnish Landscapes album release tour also includes Kokkola.

The Air Force Big Band’s Finnish Landscape concert is a fantastic overview of Finnish sentiment and what it means to be a Finn. The Band plays Anssi Tikanmäki’s legendary Finnish Landscape production in fresh, new arrangements in terms of tone and colour. Anssi Tikanmäki has shown strong support and a spirit of involvement, and the Air Force Big Band wishes to honour the composer’s original production in Finnish Landscape. This is what Tikanmäki has said: “On this album, the Air Force Band has given my compositions a new lease on life.”

The music collected on the album has stood the test of time, and the colours of the tones inspired by the landscapes spanning from Lapland’s fells to Uusimaa are as bright as ever. The contributions of several different arrangers result in a fresh, interesting outcome.

The original album was a major event when it was first released in 1981, instantly reaching a wide-spread audience no matter what their musical preferences were.  Anssi Tikanmäki’s spectacular musical palette is introduced in Seinäjoki in a big band set up. Saxophone artist Pepa Päivinen and the Air Force Big Band make up an explosive combination and their show won't leave anybody cold.

This is a concert you don’t want to miss!

Tickets in advance 22€ + possible fees, from Ticketmaster / at the door 25€, if not sold out.
Organizer: Air Force Band

Air Force Big Band: Maisemakuvia Suomesta (Finnish Landscapes)

  • Fri 12.04.2019
    19:00
    Hyvinkääsali Kauppatori 1, 05800 Hyvinkää
    Solistina Pepa Päivinen, saxofoni. Kapellimestarina Juha Ketola
The Air Force Big Band Finnish Landscapes album release tour featuring Pepa Päivinen, an all-rounder in woodwind instruments as the soloist.

The Air Force Big Band’s Finnish Landscapes album will bring out the sound of Anssi Tikanmäki’s legendary pieces with a new set of nuances. The music collected on the album has stood the test of time, and the colours of the tones inspired by the landscapes spanning from Lapland’s fells to Uusimaa are as bright as ever. The contributions of several different arrangers result in a fresh, interesting outcome. This is what Tikanmäki has said: “On this album, the Air Force Band has given my compositions a new lease on life.”

Anssi Tikanmäki has shown strong support and a spirit of involvement, and the Air Force Big Band wishes to honour the composer’s original production in Finnish Landscape. The original album was a major event when it was first released in 1981, instantly reaching a wide-spread audience no matter what their musical preferences were. Anssi Tikanmäki’s spectacular musical palette is introduced in a big band set up for the first time. Saxophone artist Pepa Päivinen and the Air Force Big Band make up an explosive combination and their show won't leave anybody cold.

This is a concert you don’t want to miss!

The Air Force Big Band meets Randy Brecker

  • Wed 06.11.2019
    19:00
    Tampere-talo, Yliopistonkatu 55 PL 16, 33100 Tampere
    Soloist: Randy Brecker, trumpet Conductor: Juha Ketola
Six-time Grammy Award Winner, one of the biggest stars of the world of jazz, American trumpetist Randy Brecker will perform as the soloist of two of the Air Force Big Band’s concerts in November 2019.

Randy is definitely one the of the world’s biggest jazz starts today. Brecker’s career started towards the end of the 1960s when he played, among other things, in Clark Terry’s Big Band and the Thad Jones Jazz Orchestra. In 1967, he joined Blood, Sweat and Tears. Randy Brecker made his first solo album in 1968 on which his 19-years-old brother, saxophonist Michael Brecker also played.

In 1975, Randy and Michael set up the Brecker Brothers orchestra. Their first album included Randy’s future classic “Some Skunk Funk” that completely hit the jackpot.  All in all, they released six albums during the years 1975-1981. At 73, going strong, Randy still tours around the world and makes albums.

In this concert, Randy Brecker will play not only his biggest hits, but also some of his less well known pieces. The concert promises a non-heard of collection ranging from Brecker Brothers music to Big Band classics.

Flying fast and high!

Organizer: Tampere talo

The Air Force Big Band meets Randy Brecker

  • Fri 08.11.2019
    19:00
    Paviljonki, Ravintola Faneri, Lutakonaukio 12, 40100 Jyväskylä
    Soloist: Randy Brecker, trumpet Conductor: Juha Ketola
Six-time Grammy Award Winner, one of the biggest stars of the world of jazz, American trumpetist Randy Brecker will perform as the soloist of two of the Air Force Big Band’s concerts in November 2019.

Randy is definitely one the of the world’s biggest jazz starts today. Brecker’s career started towards the end of the 1960s when he played, among other things, in Clark Terry’s Big Band and the Thad Jones Jazz Orchestra. In 1967, he joined Blood, Sweat and Tears. Randy Brecker made his first solo album in 1968 on which his 19-years-old brother, saxophonist Michael Brecker also played.

In 1975, Randy and Michael set up the Brecker Brothers orchestra. Their first album included Randy’s future classic “Some Skunk Funk” that completely hit the jackpot.  All in all, they released six albums during the years 1975-1981. At 73, going strong, Randy still tours around the world and makes albums.

In this concert, Randy Brecker will play not only his biggest hits, but also some of his less well known pieces. The concert promises a non-heard of collection ranging from Brecker Brothers music to Big Band classics.

Flying fast and high!

Tickets 25 € / 20 € / 1,5 € (sis. commission fee) + transaction fee starting from 1 €.