8 Dragoon Band

The Dragoon Band

The Dragoon Band is an Army military band consisting of 34 musicians based in the Army Academy in Lappeenranta. Major (Mus.) Riku Huhtasalo is the senior conductor of the Band and Captain (Mus.) Aino Koskela is its conductor.

The Band performs music primarily in the following areas assigned to it: Eastern Finland, the Regions of Kymeenlaakso, Southern Karelia, Southern Savo, and Northern Karelia including the units of the Defence Forces and Border Guard operating there. In addition, the Band performs at veterans’, reservists’ and national defence organisations’ events.

The Band organises concerts playing music in its assigned areas cooperating with other actors in the field of music and congregations. For example, the Band cooperates with the Lappeenranta City Orchestra in the framework of various projects every year.

The Dragoon Band, founded in 1921, still "rides" strong today. Its traditions go all the way back to the 17th century. Today, the Dragoon Band still cherishes the centuries old traditions of the cavalry.

The Dragoon Band's concerts in 2019 hold in store a wide variety of musical genres and experiences. With the Band in the lead, the audience will take a journey from big emotions to strong patriotic feelings.

I wish you all welcome to the Dragoon Band's concerts to enjoy unforgettable moments in the world of music.

Senior Conductor
Major (Mus.) Riku Huhtasalo

Senior Conductor

Major (Mus.) Riku Huhtasalo


Captain vs. Marko Saikko


Pictures at an Exhibition

  • Thu 11.04.2019
    at 19.00
    Central Church of Kouvola, Marjoniemenkatu 5, 45100 Kouvola
    Tickets from €20 (incl. service fees and programme) In advance: ticketmaster.fi Tickets sold at the door an hour before the concert
  • Fri 12.04.2019
    at 19.00
    Lappee Maria Church, Kirkkokatu 11, 53100 Lappeenranta
    Tickets from €20 (incl. service fees and programme) In advance: ticketmaster.fi Tickets sold at the door an hour before the concert
Conducted by Captain (Mus.) Tero Haikala
Soloist Seppo Pohjoisaho, trumpet
Modest Musorgski’s 15-piece classic Pictures at an Exhibition will be performed In Kouvola and Lappeenranta. Along the years, several orchestrations have been made of this work originally composed for the piano. The version to be heard was made by Vladimir Agopov, instructor of composition and orchestration at Sibelius Academy. In addition to the music from the Pictures at an Exhibition, the audience will also live special musical moments from other compositions. Seppo Pohjoisaho, teacher of trumpet of Lahti Conservatory, awarded with the title of Military Musician 2018, will perform as the soloist of the orchestra. Accompanied by the Band, Pohjoisaho will perform David Gillingham’s trumpet concerto When speaks the signal-trumpet tone performed by him a couple of years ago as the concerto's first performance in Finland. The work was composed in memory of the victims of the Second World War and those who survived it.

First of May in Entertainment Mood

  • Tue 30.04.2019
    at 19
    Lappeenranta-sali, Villimiehenkatu 1, Lappeenranta
    Tickets from €30 Tickets in advance: Customer Service Centre Winkki (Lappeenranta City Hall), lippu.fi 0600 900 900 (€1.98/min+network provider fee) R-kiosks (mention the name of the concert) Tickets sold at Winkki an hour before the concert
Dragoon Band and Lappeenranta City Orchestra
Conducted by Vytautas Lukočius
Soloists Marjukka Tepponen, soprano and Liudas Mikalauskas, baritone
Bubbling light music to celebrate springtime

National Military Funeral

  • Sun 19.05.2019
    at 10.00
    Lappee Maria Church, Kirkkokatu 11, Lappeenranta
    Free entry
On the Commemoration Day of Fallen Soldiers, the remains of Finnish soldiers who died in Russia will be blessed, the coffins will be buried in the Lappeenranta Military Cemetary, and visits to the memorials will be organised.

The above will be organised in cooperation with the Army Academy, the City of Lappeenranta, the Parish Union and a number of organisations. At 10.00 Memorial service in Lappee Maria Church and other churches

Following the memorial service, blessing of the Fallen Soldiers, burial of the coffins and laying of wreaths at the graves.
Laying of wreaths:
- At the Memorial of Soldiers Fallen in the Winter War and the Continuation War
- Mother Karelia Monument
- Memorial of Fallen Soldiers Brought Back from Karelia
- Memorial of Soldiers Fallen in the Civil War
- Grave of Those Fallen for Their Convictions in 1918

Coffee at the City Hall at 13.30


  • Wed 05.06.2019
    Satamatori, Lappeenranta
  • Wed 12.06.2019
  • Thu 13.06.2019
    Vapaa pääsy
Ressu Redford as the soloist of the Dragoon Band

Guard's Parade and Concert in the Park

  • Thu 06.06.2019
    at 10.00
    Mikkelin Town Square and Church Park
    Free entry
Conducted by Major (Mus.) Riku Huhtasalo
The Dragoon Band and reservists will perform a Guard's Parade which has long traditions. The parade will take place at the Mikkeli Town Square. After the parade, the Dragoon Band will give a concert in the Church Park. The Band will play summer melodies and traditional military marches.

Guard's Parade

  • Fri 07.06.2019
    at 12.30
    Helsinki, Senate Square
    Free entry
Conducted by Major (Mus.) Riku Huhtasalo
The Guard's Parade is Finland's oldest public event. The parade starts at the Helsinki Senate Square, passing by the Market Square to the Main Guard and returning by Esplanadi to the Barracks Square.