8 Dragoon Band

Dragoon Band

The Dragoon Band is unique.

The band, founded in 1921, still "rides" strong today. Its traditions go all the way back to the 1600s. The Dragoon Band continues to cherish these honourable traditions of the cavalry even today.

The Dragoon Band's concerts in autumn 2017 promise a wide variety of musical experiences.
The autumn season will open with the Mannerheim 150 Concert conducted by Lieutenant Colonel (Mus.) Jyrki Koskinen, Chief Conductor of the Finnish Defence Forces and with soloist Angelika Klas. In November's anniversary day Dragoon entertainment concerts we will hear the entire Hietanen family, as Pentti, Heini and daughters Iina and Roosa visit with the Dragoon Band. We will greet Christmas in Lappeenranta and Mikkeli as basso Janne Sundqvist sings familiar Christmas melodies accompanied by the military band.

Music gives strength to people and content to life. Music can express patriotic feeling and pay respect to our 100-year-old Finland. I wish you all welcome to the Dragoon Band's concerts - they will be a true delight.

Senior Conductor
Major (Mus.) Riku Huhtasalo

Senior Conductor

Major (Mus.) Riku Huhtasalo

Conductor

First Lieutenant (Mus.) Aino Koskela

Concerts

Concert to commemorate the end of the Winter War

Free admission
  • Mon 12.03.2018
    18:00
    Joensuu Church, Papinkatu 1, Joensuu

Conductor: Aino Koskela

This concert, which has become a tradition, will take you to the days when Finland's fate truly hung in the balance.

MILEspa concert

Free admission
  • Fri 25.05.2018
    14:00
    Espa Stage, Helsinki

Conductors: Riku Huhtasalo and Aino Koskela

You will hear light wind music from Finland and other countries for a summer afternoon.

Changing of the guard

Free admission
  • Fri 25.05.2018
    12:30
    Helsinki Senate Square

Conductors: Riku Huhtasalo and Aino Koskela

Changing of the Guard is Finland's oldest public event. The guardsmen start at the Senate Square, marching to the Main Guard Post through the Market Square. From there, they march to the Kasarmitori Square parading through the Esplanadi Street.

Outdoor concerts of the Dragoon Band and Lapland Military Band at Kansalaistori Square

Free admission
  • Fri 01.06.2018
    15:00 and 18:00
    Kansalaistori Square, Helsinki
A large, 60-member wind orchestra will entertain the public, playing traditional marches and light wind music.

Changing of the Guard, Dragoon Band and Lapland Military Band

Free admission
  • Fri 01.06.2018
    12:30
    Helsinki Senate Square

Changing of the Guard is Finland's oldest public event. The guardsmen start at the Senate Square, marching to the Main Guard Post through the Market Square. From there, they march to the Kasarmitori Square parading through the Esplanadi Street. This time, the ceremony will be performed by the Dragoon Band from Lappeenranta and the Lapland Military Band from Rovaniemi, which means that you will have a chance to see a Finnish Army band of almost 60 musicians.

Changing of the guard and outdoor concert

Free admission
  • Mon 04.06.2018
    10:00
    Mikkeli Market Square

Conductors: Riku Huhtasalo and Aino Koskela

This changing of guard parade has long traditions going back to the days when the Mikkeli Military Band still existed. This parade will be jointly performed with the reservists at Mikkeli Market Square and in the streets around it.