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

FINNISH DEFENCE FORCES 100 YEARS WITH PATRIOTIC SPIRIT AND DETERMINATION

Tickets starting from 20 euros (incl. service charges) at: Ticketmaster Carelicum, tel. 013-2675222 One hour before the concert at the door.
  • Tue 20.02.2018
    19:00
    Carelia Hall, Yliopistonkatu 2, 80100 Joensuu

Conductor: Riku Huhtasalo
Vocalists: Mari Palo and Hannu Lehtonen
Stories: Seppo Hovi

The Dragoon Band, the vocalists and the stories told by Seppo Hovi will take you through the 100 years of the Finnish Defence Forces and the music composed during those decades. The focus will be on the important events and milestones in the history of the Finnish Defence Forces, and the years in which the fate of the nation hung in the balance.

FINNISH DEFENCE FORCES 100 YEARS - WITH PATRIOTIC SPIRIT AND DETERMINATION

Tickets starting from 20 euros (incl. service charges) at: Ticketmaster One hour before the concert at the door.
  • Wed 21.02.2018
    19:00
    Kuusaa Hall Kymenlaaksonkatu 1, 45700 Kouvola

Conductor: Riku Huhtasalo
Vocalists: Mari Palo and Hannu Lehtonen
Stories: Seppo Hovi

The Dragoon Band, the vocalists and the stories told by Seppo Hovi will take you through the 100 years of the Finnish Defence Forces and the music composed during those decades. The focus will be on the important events and milestones in the history of the Finnish Defence Forces, and the years in which the fate of the nation hung in the balance.

FINNISH DEFENCE FORCES 100 YEARS - WITH PATRIOTIC SPIRIT AND DETERMINATION

Tickets starting from 20 euros (incl. service charges) Lippupiste sales points in all parts of Finland at: lippu.fi webshop www.lippu.fi Ticket outlet at Tampere Hall, Mon-Fri 09:00-18:00 and at least two hours before the start of the concert
  • Thu 22.02.2018
    19:00
    Tampere Hall, Yliopistonkatu 55, 33100 Tampere

Conductor: Riku Huhtasalo
Vocalists: Mari Palo and Hannu Lehtonen
Stories: Seppo Hovi

The Dragoon Band, the vocalists and the stories told by Seppo Hovi will take you through the 100 years of the Finnish Defence Forces and the music composed during those decades. The focus will be on the important events and milestones in the history of the Finnish Defence Forces, and the years in which the fate of the nation hung in the balance.

FINNISH DEFENCE FORCES 100 YEARS - WITH PATRIOTIC SPIRIT AND DETERMINATION

Tickets starting from 20 euros (incl. service charges) at: Ticketmaster, One hour before the concert at the door.
  • Fri 23.02.2018
    19:00
    Mikaeli Concert Hall Sointukatu 1, 50100 Mikkeli

Conductor: Riku Huhtasalo
Vocalists: Mari Palo and Hannu Lehtonen
Stories: Seppo Hovi

The Dragoon Band, the vocalists and the stories told by Seppo Hovi will take you through the 100 years of the Finnish Defence Forces and the music composed during those decades. The focus will be on the important events and milestones in the history of the Finnish Defence Forces, and the years in which the fate of the nation hung in the balance.

Kirkko Soikoon Church Music Festival

Tickets 15 euros at: Members of Lions Club Ikaalinen Kelloliike Hakkarainen, Vanha Tampereentie 15–17 Ikaalisten kiinteistökonsultit, Vanha Tampereentie 14, One hour before the concert at the door.
  • Fri 02.03.2018
    19:00
    Ikaalinen Church, Vanha Tampereentie 6, 39500 Ikaalinen

Conductor: Riku Huhtasalo
Vocalist: Janne Sundqvist, bass

On its way from Lappeenranta to Seinäjoki, the Dragoon Band will stop at the Ikaalinen Church where we are joined by Janne Sundqvist to take you through the songs of Jean Sibelius, Oskar Merikanto and Toivo Kuula as well as orchestral works of other well-known composers.

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.

Spanish spring - Symphonic concert with a wind ensemble

Free admission, Programme leaflet 10 euros
  • Thu 12.04.2018
    19:00
    Maneesi, Hamina, Kadettikoulunkatu 6

The Dragoon Band will be conducted by the wind band conducting students of the Sibelius Academy who will also be soloists in the concert.

Wind band conducting students of the Sibelius Academy and the Dragoon Band will perform some of the best-loved wind orchestral music from Spain. Expect flamboyant rhythms in the glare of the southern sun.

ROSES TO THE MOTHER

Tickets starting from 20 euros (incl. service charges) at: Ticketmaster, One hour before the concert at the door.
  • Fri 11.05.2018
    19:00
    Mikaeli Concert Hall, Sointukatu 1, 50100 Mikkeli

Conductor: Aino Koskela
Vocalist: Tango King Teijo Lindström

In a joint performance of the Dragoon Band and the Tango King Teijo Lindström, you will hear fiery tangos and feel the warmth of the Mother's Day.

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.

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, 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.

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 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.