8 Dragoon Band

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

Senior Conductor

Major (Mus.) Riku Huhtasalo

Conductor

Captain vs. Marko Saikko

Concerts

CHURCH CONCERT

Free entry! Programme 10€
  • Thu 10.09.2020
    klo 19
    Joutseno Church, Penttiläntie 1, 54100 Joutseno
    The concert will be conducted by Sibelius Academy wind orchestra conductor students.
The concert is a continuation of the cooperation that the Band has been carrying out with the Uniarts Sibelius Academy wind orchestra conductor programme for a long time. The evening will kick off with the prelude Lepakko by the young composer, violinist and conductor Elisar Riddelin, followed by the first performance of his Northern City Lights. Lincolncshire Posy by Grainger and First Suite by Holst are jewels of symphonic wind orchestra literature. In addition to them, the audience will hear slightly less often performed Variations of a Korean Folk Song by Chance and Yiddish Dances by Gorb.

CONCERT OF MEMORIES

Tickets from 15 € (incl. service fees) Tickets in advance: Ticketmaster Carelicum tel. 013-2675222
  • Sat 12.09.2020
    2 pm
    Carelia-sali Yliopistokatu 4, 80100 Joensuu
    Organised by Pohjois-Karjalan Sotaveteraanipiiri (North Karelian war veterans’ association)
This is the 34th time that the traditional Concert of Memories organised since 1986 will take the audience down musical memory lane. This time, the programme includes, in addition to Sillanpää’s marssilaulu (Marching Song) and Veteraanin iltahuuto (Veteran’s Last Call) also music from the musical play Jääkärin morsian.(Jaeger’s Bride). The solo parts will be sung by soprano Talvi-Maaria Turunen and baritone Aleksi Suikkanen accompanied by the Dragoon Band. Joensuun Mieslaulajien Seniorit and Ilomantsin Mieslaulajat perform as a combined choir. The programme will be spiced up by a brilliant accordion trio with Arto Tarkkonen in the lead, and piano artist Kemal Achourbekov.

Traveler - Traveling with the Chief Conductor

20€
  • Wed 07.10.2020
    at 7pm
    Lappenranta-sali, Villimiehenkatu 1, 53100 Lappeenranta
Tickets from 20 € (incl. service fees) Tickets in advance: Customer Service Centre Winkki (Lappeenranta City Hall) Mon-Fri at 8-16, tel. 05 616 2220 lippu.fi 0600 900 900 (2 €/beginning min+network provider fee) R-kiosks (mention the name of the concert) Tickets sold at Winkki an hour before the concert

SAIMAA II

Major (Mus.) Riku Huhtasalo and Captain (Mus.) Aino Koskela, conductors
  • Wed 18.11.2020
    7 pm
    Carelia-sali Yliopistokatu 4, 80100 Joensuu
    Tickets from 20 € (incl. service fees) In advance: Ticketmaster Carelicum tel. 013-2675222 Tickets sold at the door an hour before the concert
  • Thu 19.11.2020
    7 pm
    Concert Hall Mikaeli Sointukatu 1, 50100 Mikkeli
    Tickets from 20 € (incl. service fees) In advance: Ticketmaster Mikaeli Ticket Sales (Mikaelin lipunmyynti) tel. 0600 30 2045 Tickets sold at the door an hour before the concert
  • Fri 20.11.2020
    7 pm
    Lappeenranta-sali Villimiehenkatu 1, 53100 Lappeenranta
    Tickets from 20 € (incl. service fees) In advance: Customer Service Centre Winkki (Lappeenranta City Hall) Mon-Fri at 8-16, tel. 05 616 2220 lippu.fi 0600 900 900 (2 €/beginning min+network provider fee) R-kiosks (mention the name of the concert) Ticke
Saimaa II is the second concert in the Dragoon Band’s Saimaa Series. The series was launched in the spring with the intention of performing its first concert. Unfortunately, the concert had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus epidemic. Today and in the future as well, the musical offerings of the Saimaa Series will mainly consist of classical wind music. The concert starts festively with Blenheim Flourishes composed by James Curnow with the brass instruments airing playful, virtuosic majesty. The band’s own soloist Sami Kaalinpää performs brilliantly the melodies of the trumpet concerto combining different musical genres by the Danish jazz musician Ib Glindeman, who died in 2019. These melodies take the audience from fast, rhythmic patterns to beautiful, melodic ease. Saxophonist Esa Lehtinen represents lighter genres letting his tenor saxophone sing along the evergeen Over the Rainbow. Esa’s career as a military

EVENING DEVOTED TO FATHERLAND

Tickets from 20 € (incl. service fees and programme) In advance: ticketmaster.fi Tickets sold at the door an hour before the concert
  • Fri 04.12.2020
    7 pm
    Lappee Maria Church Kirkkokatu 11, 53100 Lappeenranta
    Dragoon Band and Karjalan Laulu-Veikot Major (Mus.) Riku Huhtasalo and Nadja Härkönen, conductors Baritone Gabriel Suovanen, soloist
The Evening Devoted to Fatherland, already a tradition, will bring the audience to Independence Day spirits. The programme includes, for example, Veteraanin iltahuuto (Veteran’s Last Call), Finlandia and many other patriotic pieces. Baritone Gabriel Suovanen’s skilful performances will raise the spirits even higher.

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CHRISTMAS CAROLS

Free entrance
  • Sun 13.12.2020
    6 pm
    Lappee Maria Church Kirkkokatu 11, 53100 Lappeenranta
    Organised by Lappee Congregation
The Dragoon Band will participate in the traditional Most Beautiful Christmas Carols sing-along event organised by the Lappee Congregation. At this event, the Dragoon Band and the congregation’s cantor will have the audience sing Chiristmas carols known and loved by all.