The Dragoon Band
The Dragoon Band creates experiences
The Dragoon Band is an Army military band consisting of 34 musicians placed in the Army Academy in Lappeenranta. Major (Mus.) Riku Huhtasalo serves as the Band’s senior conductor and Captain Marko Saikko as the deputy conductor.
The band performs music primarily in Eastern Finland, in the regions of Kymeenlaakso, Southern Karelia, Southern Savo, and Northern Karelia and the units of the Defence Forces and Border Guard operating there. In addition, the Band performs music at veterans’, reservists’ and national defence organisations’ events .
The Band organises concerts playing music in this area assigned to it 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 cherishing the honourable heritage of the Cavalry tracing back to the 17th century. The Dragoon Band's concerts in 2020 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
CANCELLED! SAIMAA ITickets from €20 (incl. service fee) Tickets in advance: Customer Service Centre Winkki (Lappeenranta City Hall)
- Thu 26.03.2020at 19.00Lappeenranta-sali, Lappeenranta
The concert will play musical stories about the North. The programme includes Nordic brass band music from traditional march music to modern art music, from centuries old to present day music. The audience is taken from a festive national day parade to a hospital bed, from tranquil and playful moments to the most excruciating pain. The concert will celebrate King Carl Gustav’s victorious military campaign, travel on land and at sea with a playful Peer Gynt, make the audience share the creative pain of artists throughout centuries and admire the virtuosic skills of 21st century Nordic brass band music.
Norwegian euphonium artist Tormor Flaten will perform as the concert’s soloist. He will play Jukka Linkola’s Euphonium Concerto. The concert will be conducted by the Finnish conductor Tanja Carita Ikonen who lives in Norway.
CANCELLED! FIRST OF MAY VS. TRAVELLING WITH AN ALBATROSSTickets from €25 (incl. service fee)
- Fri 01.05.2020at 14.00Lappeenranta-sali, Lappeenranta
Junnu Vainio is one of the finest Finnish lyricists. The year 2019 marks 81 years of his birth. His wide and high-quality production comprises over 2 400 famous texts. Hannu Lehtonen and Mari Palo will interpret some of the most famous ones from different stages of the lyricist’s career. These will include, among others, ”Minne tuuli kuljettaa”, ”Albatrossi”, ”Kolmatta linjaa takaisin”, ”Yksinäinen saarnipuu”, ”Mun sydämeni tänne jää” and several other hits by Junnu. The brilliant arrangements for orchestra have been made by Jarkko Kiiski.
CANCELLED! A ROSE FOR MUMTickets from €20 (incl. service fee) Tickets in advance: Customer Service Centre Winkki (Lappeenranta City Hall)
- Wed 06.05.2020at 19.00Lappeenranta-sali, Lappeenranta
- Thu 07.05.2020at 19.00Concert Hall Mikaeli, Mikkeli
In this concert that has become a tradition, the Dragoon Band, together with the soloist, gives a rose for Mom in the form of melodies and songs. Kyösti Mäkimattila’s magnificent interpretations will not leave anybody unmoved.
CANCELLED! MILEspa CONCERTFree entry!
- Fri 29.05.2020at 14.00Esplanadi Park Stage, Hesinki
The programme includes entertaining wind music fitting for a summer's day as well as military marches from home and abroad.
CANCELLED! GUARD'S PARADEFree entry!
- Fri 29.05.2020at 12.30Helsinki, Senate Square
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, returning by Esplanadi to Kasarmitori.
CANCELLED! SCHOOL’S OUT
- Sat 30.05.2020at 18.00Lappeenranta Harbour Square
Have a brisk start for the summer at the Lappeenranta harbour square and come and listen to the Dragoon Band with Ilta, a beauty with a fantastic voice performing as the soloist. Ilta has become known for example for having toured with Cheek. She has also composed songs of her own some of which she will sing at the concert in addition to famous covers. Ilta has signed a recording contract with Warner Music Finland and released covers of Adele´s “All I Ask” and “River Lea”. Ilta is also famous for having participated in the Tähdet, Tähdet competition in 2019. The Dragoon Band’s conscript band HALLAKKO will also perform music at the concert.