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 (Mus.) Aino Koskela 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 2021 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 a warm 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

Major (Mus.) Tomi Väisänen

Concerts

Travelling with an albatross (CANCELLED)

In memory of Junnu Vainio
  • Tue 23.02.2021
    7 pm
    Kuusankoskitalo, Kuusaasali Kymenlaaksonkatu 1, 45700 Kouvola
    Invite only event
  • Thu 25.02.2021
    7 pm
    Konserttitalo Mikaeli Sointukatu 1, 50100 Mikkeli
    Ticket sale information provided at a later date
Major (Mus.) Riku Huhtasalo and Major (Mus.) Tomi Väisänen conductors

Mari Palo and Hannu Lehtonen vocals

“Albatross flying without resting” Junnu Vainio is one of the finest Finnish lyricists. This year, it will be 81 years since the lyricist’s birth, and 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. They will include for example: ”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.

War writes its own songs (CANCELLED)

Concert commemorating the ending of the Winter War
  • Thu 11.03.2021
    7 pm
    Congress and Concert Hall Mikaeli Sointukatu 1, 50100 Mikkeli
    Ticket sale information provided at a later date
  • Fri 12.03.2021
    7 pm
    Carelia Hall Yliopistonkatu 4, 80100 Joensuu
    Ticket sale information provided at a later date
  • Sat 13.03.2021
    3 pm
    Lappeenranta Hall Villimiehenkatu 1, 53101 Lappeenranta
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Major (Mus.) Riku Huhtasalo and Major (Mus.) Tomi Väisänen conductors

Mari Palo ja Ville Rusanen vocals
Seppo Hovi stories and presentation
In cooperation with Karjalan Laulu-Veikot, Kaukaan laulumiehet and the Chorus of the Kimpinen School music classes

A war writes its own songs is a well-suited name for this concert. Seppo Hovi will tell how songs in wartime came into being and about the importance of music in lifting soldiers’ spirits. Mari Palo and Ville Rusanen, the Dragoon Band’s brilliant soloists will give a new spirit to these songs with their skillful interpretations. To concert will come to a close with Veteraanin iltahuuto (Veteran’s Last Call) and Finlandia with local choruses bringing their own touch.

Church concert

  • Thu 15.04.2021
    7 pm
    Lappee Maria Church Kirkkokatu 11, 53100 Lappeenranta
    Free enterance, Programme 10€
Major (Mus.) Riku Huhtasalo conductor

At the Lappee Maria church, the audience will hear emotion-provoking melodies and scintillating tunes. The Band will show its range of musical adaptability in this memorable concert held in a spring evening.

First of May vs. Travelling with an albatross

In memory of Junnu Vainio
  • Sat 01.05.2021
    2 pm
    Lappeenranta Hall Villimiehenkatu 1, 53101 Lappeenranta
    Ticket sale information provided at a later date
Dragoon Band and Lappeenranta City Orchestra

Major (Mus.) Riku Huhtasalo and Major (Mus.) Tomi Väisänen conductors

Jenna Bågeberg ja Hannu Lehtonen vocals

“Albatross flying without resting” Junnu Vainio is one of the finest Finnish lyricists. This year, it will be 81 years since the lyricist’s birth, and his wide and high-quality production comprises over 2 400 famous texts. Hannu Lehtonen and Jenna Bågeberg will interpret some of the most famous ones from different stages of the lyricist’s career. They will include for example: ”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.

A rose for mum

Traditional Mother's Day concert
  • Thu 06.05.2021
    7 pm
    Konserttitalo Mikaeli Sointukatu 1, 50100 Mikkeli
    Ticket sale information provided at a later date
  • Sat 08.05.2021
    3 pm
    Lappeenranta-sali Villimiehenkatu 1, 53100 Lappeenranta
    Ticket sale information provided at a later date
Dargoon Band

Major (Mus.) Riku Huhtasalo and Major (Mus.) Tomi Väisänen conductors

Kyösti Mäkimattila vocals

In this concert that has become a tradition, the Dragoon Band, together with the soloist, gives a rose to Mom in the form of melodies and songs. Kyösti Mäkimattila’s magnificent interpretations will not leave anybody unmoved, and maybe we will also hear one of his poems?


Guard's Parade

Free entrance
  • Fri 28.05.2021
    12:30 pm
    Senate Square, Helsinki
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 the Barracks Square.

MILEspa concert

Free entrance
  • Fri 28.05.2021
    2 pm
    Esplanadi Park Stage, Hesinki
Dragoon Band

Major (Mus.) Riku Huhtasalo and Major (Mus.) Tomi Väisänen conductors

The programme includes entertaining wind music fitting for a summer's day and military marches from home and abroad.

Defence forces flag day parade

Free entrance
  • Fri 04.06.2021
    Joensuu
The Dragoon Band will perform music at the Finnish Defence Forces’ Flag Day national parade in Joensuu. You can come and see the parade in the streets of Joensuu, but it will also be broadcast, so you will be able to take part in it comfortably at home, too.

Defence forces' summer tour

Free entrance
  • Sat 05.06.2021
    Harbour of Lappeenranta
  • Tue 08.06.2021
    Old Garrison area, Kouvola