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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

Aseveli - iltamat

25€
  • Fri 23.02.2018
    18
    Savon Ammatti- ja aikuisopiston sali, Presidentinkatu 3, Kuopio
    Vocalist: Arja Koriseva and Jorma Hynninen Conductor: Juha Ketola Host: Heikki Kahila
A traditional Heart in Finland concert, with performances by the Air Force Band, Singing Dragoons of Kuopio, Arja Koriseva, opera singer Jorma Hynninen and Rajala primary school children's choir. The event is also the tenth anniversary concert of Singing Dragoons of Kuopio and it marks the anniversary of the North Savo Regional Office. The event is hosted by Heikki Kahila, Dragoon 1st Lieutenant, who has also prepared the programme. Cafe break starts at 4:30 pm.
The evening ends with 1.5 hours of dancing with Savo Accordion Club.
The proceeds of the event will be used to assist the veterans of Finnish wars.

Tickets: 25 euros, which includes Lippupiste service charge and coffee with doughnut served by Rissala Soldiers’ Home.

Other performers: Air Force Band, Rajala primary school children's choir and Savo Accordion Club.
Organised by: Singing Dragoons of Kuopio/ North Savo Regional Office

The One and Only – Sinfoninen jazz-ilta

  • Sat 10.03.2018
    7:00 pm
    Jyväskylän Paviljonki , Lutakonaukio12, 40100 Jyväskylä
    Performers: Marian Petrescu Trio, Ilmavoimien Big Band ja Jyväskylä Sinfonia - Conducter: Krzysztof Dobosiewicz 
A joint concert of the Air Force Big Band and Jyväskylä Sinfonia, with Marian Petrescu as the soloist. Petrescu, who lives in Jyväskylä, is a world-famous jazz pianist who performed in Finland for the first time at the age of 15 (in Pori Jazz). Since then, his career has been characterised by international successes in piano competitions and jazz festivals. He received the Grammy Award in 2009 as the first Finnish jazz musician.

The concert is a tribute to the legendary jazz pianist Oscar Peterson, to whose playing the skills of Marian Petrescu have also been compared. The music performed in the concert has been arranged by the conductor Krzysztof Dobosiewicz and a few of his own compositions are also played.
The event is part of the Finnish Air Force centenary celebrations and the concert programme of the Finnish Defence Forces centenary.

Tickets: 30/26/15 € (at the Jyväskylä City Theatre Ticket Office)
32.50/28.50/17.50 € (at Lippupiste, including service charge)
Please note that the season tickets of Jyväskylä Sinfonia are not accepted.

Organized by: JKL sinfonia/ILMAVSK

Air Force Big Band - Aalto 1: Tribute to Glenn Miller

  • Fri 23.03.2018
    7:00pm
    Pavilion, Restaurant Faneri, Lutakonaukio 12, 40100 Jyväskylä
    Vocalists: Ikosen siskot Conductor: Kevin R. Burns
The first of the 2018 Aalto concerts of the Air Force Big Band will take you back in time to the swing era, in the spirit of Glenn Miller.

Alton Glenn Miller (1904 – 1944) was an American conductor, composer and trombonist. The Glenn Miller Orchestra was one of the most popular big band ensembles of the swing era. During the Second World War, Glenn Miller served in the U.S. Army Air Force Band with the rank of a Major between 1942 and 1944. The updating of the traditional band sound into a big band sound was probably his greatest achievement. Since its establishment, the Finnish Air Force Big Band has specialised in performing light big band music, and in this it has been inspired by Glenn Miller.

The luminous vocal group, Ikosen siskot, will perform as the vocalists in the concert. The three sisters Aili, Tuuli and Heini Ikonen were born in Korpilahti near Jyväskylä, and with its refined sound, the trio is a worthy interpreter of the works of Glenn Miller. In addition to song arrangements, you will also hear big band instrumentals of Glenn Miller.

The conductor Kevin Burns is the leader of Airmen of Note, the premier big band ensemble of the United States Air Force. The USAF Airmen of Note was established in 1950 to continue the work and traditions of Glenn Miller’s band.

The event is part of the Finnish Air Force centenary celebrations and the concert programme of the Finnish Defence Forces centenary.
You are warmly welcome!

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

Organised by: Air Force Band

Air Force Big Band: Tribute to Glenn Miller

  • Thu 19.04.2018
    7:00 pm
    Eino Säisä Hall, Kirkkopuistonkatu 3,9, 74101 Iisalmi
    Vocalists: Ikosen siskot Conductor: Juha Ketola
The Air Force Big Band will give a performance in the Eino Säisä Hall of the Iisalmi Cultural Centre as part of its first Aalto concert of the year 2018. The concert will take you back in time to the swing era, in the spirit of Glenn Miller.

Alton Glenn Miller (1904 – 1944) was an American conductor, composer and trombonist. The Glenn Miller Orchestra was one of the most popular big band ensembles of the swing era. During the Second World War, Glenn Miller served in the U.S. Army Air Force Band with the rank of a Major between 1942 and 1944. The updating of the traditional band sound into a big band sound was probably his greatest achievement. Since its establishment, the Finnish Air Force Big Band has specialised in performing light big band music, and in this it has been inspired by Glenn Miller.

The luminous vocal group, Ikosen siskot, will perform as the vocalists in the concert. The three sisters Aili, Tuuli and Heini Ikonen were born in Korpilahti near Jyväskylä and with its refined sound, the trio is a worthy interpreter of the works of Glenn Miller. In addition to song arrangements, you will also hear big band instrumentals of Glenn Miller.19.04

Juha Ketola, Major (mus.), is the Senior Conductor of the Finnish Air Force Band. The event is part of the Finnish Air Force centenary celebrations and the concert programme of the Finnish Defence Forces centenary.
You are warmly welcome!

Tickets: 25/22/15 €
Organised by: Ylä-Savon musiikkiopisto

You can buy tickets from lipputoimisto
or here

Thank you veterans

  • Thu 26.04.2018
    6.30 pm
    Hakkarin liikuntahalli - Ahertajantie 3, 37500 Lempäälä
Vocalist: Tomi Markkola
Conductor: Juha Ketola
Host: Johanna Pirttilahti


The Air Force Band, with the singer Tomi Markkola as the vocalist, gives a concert in the Hakkari Leisure Centre in Lempäälä.
The proceeds of the event will be used to assist the veterans of Finnish wars.
Tickets: 15 €
Tickets
Organised by: Lions Club Lempäälä ry, Lempäälän Sotaveteraanit ry, Lempäälän kunta

Two friends - Finnish entertainment classics

  • Thu 03.05.2018
    6:00 pm
    Palokka School, Koivutie 5, 40270 Palokka
    Vocalists: Hannu Lehtonen and Arja Koriseva Conductor: Juha Ketola, Major (mus.)
The concert will take you back in time to the golden era of Finnish film, through music and stories. You will hear film music and songs that are still evergreens in Finland decades later. Arja Koriseva, the greatest ever tango queen of Finland, and Hannu Lehtonen, a hugely popular baritone singer, will perform as vocalists in the concert.

Tickets: 25 € (includes coffee and a doughnut)

Organised by: Central Finland Front Veterans and Jyväskylä Front Veterans

Ilmavoimien Big Band - Aalto 2: “Albatrossi lepäämättä liitää”

  • Fri 25.05.2018
    7:00 pm
    Paviljonki, Ravintola Faneri, Lutakonaukio 12, 40100 Jyväskylä
    Vocalists: Club for Five Conductor: Juha Ketola, Major (mus.)
The extensive production of Juha ‘Watt’ Vainio will be given a high-flying treatment by the Air Force Big Band and the Club for Five vocal ensemble. You will hear the well-known hits (and some of the less known songs) of Juha Vainio as new arrangements, performed by a large ensemble. The concert will offer a broad insight into his production as a composer and a songwriter.

Vainio is particularly well-known for his warm and humane lyrics, which have not lost any of their charm over the decades. You will experience the many different worlds of his music and there will also be surprises. The arrangements are by Pessi Levanto, Janne Vihavainen, Robert Löflund, Teemu Takanen and the musicians of the Air Force Big Band. Juha Ketola, Major (mus.), is the Senior Conductor of the Air Force Band.

The year 2018 will mark the 80th anniversary of Juha Vainio's birth. The same year, the Finnish Air Force will celebrate its centenary, while the Air Force Band held its 40th anniversary event in autumn 2017. In addition to commemorating these anniversaries, the event is also part of the concert programme for the Finnish Defence Forces centenary. In other words, there will be lots of reasons to celebrate. You are warmly welcome to the anniversary flight of the albatross!

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

Organised by: Air Force Band

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