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


First Lieutenant (Mus.) Aino Koskela


Mannerheim 150 Years Celebration Concert

Free entry, programme €10
  • Thu 05.10.2017
    Hamina, Reserve Officer School Manège, Kadettikoulunkatu 6, 49400 Hamina

Conductor: Jyrki Koskinen
Soloist: Angelika Klas, soprano

In 2017, we celebrate 150 years since the birth of Carl Gustav Emil Mannerheim. In the Mannerheim 150 Years Concert, we go through Mannerheim's life by way of music. In many ways, the Field Marshal's life is closely entwined with that of Finland's history.

The concert will feature brilliant soprano Angelika Klas as soloist.

If you have been longing for a concert with traditional military music, then this is it.

The Dragoons Entertainment Concert

Tickets from €20 (incl. service fee)
  • Wed 22.11.2017
    Carelia-sali, Yliopistonkatu 2, 80100 Joensuu
    Tickets in advance: Ticketmaster (former Lippupalvelu). Carelicum tel. +35813-2675222. Tickets sold at the door an hour before the concert.
  • Thu 23.11.2017
    Kuusaansali, Kuusaankoskitalo, Kymenlaaksonkatu 1 45700 Kouvola
    Tickets in advance: Ticketmaster (former Lippupalvelu). Mikael Ticket Sales (Mikaelin lipunmyynti) tel. 0600 30 2045. Tickets sold at the door an hour before the concert
  • Fri 24.11.2017
    Lappeenranta-sali, Villimiehenkatu 1, 53101 Lappeenranta
    Tickets in advance: Customer Service Centre Winkki (Lappeenranta Town Hall). Open Mon-Fri 08.00-16.00, tel. 05 616 2220, Tickets sold at the door an hour before the concert

Conductors: Riku Huhtasalo and Aino Koskela
Soloists: Pentti Hietanen family

Pentti and Heini Hietanen with their daughters Iina and Roosa will perform international and Finnish hits and immortal classics accompanied by the Dragoon Band.

Finland 100 Independence Day Celebration Concert (Finland 100 Anniversary Year Event)

Free entry
  • Wed 06.12.2017
    Lappeenranta Sport Centre, Pohjolankatu 29, 23100 Lappeenranta

Conductors: Riku Huhtasalo and Aino Koskela
Soloists: Johanna Rusanen-Kartano, soprano and Jyrki Anttila, tenor

A collaboration by the Dragoon Band, Lappeenranta City Orchestra and Finland 100 Celebration Choir composed of choirs from Lappeenranta.

The Dragoon Band, Lappeenranta City Orchestra, soloists and choir will bring patriotic spirit to the audience in honour or 100-year-old Finland. In the concert we will hear orchestra pieces by Finnish composers as well as songs from the last one hundred years.

Organised by: Etelä-Karjalan liitto, the City of Lappeenranta and the Army Academy.

The Peacefulness of Christmas

Tickets from €20 (incl. service fee) Ticketmaster Finland (former Lippupalvelu), at the door an hour before the concert
  • Wed 20.12.2017
    Lappeen Maria Church, Kirkkokatu 11, 53100 Lappeenranta
  • Thu 21.12.2017
    Mikkelin Pitäjänkirkko Church, Otavankatu 9, 50100 Mikkeli

Conductors: Riku Huhtasalo and Aino Koskela
Soloists: Janne Sundqvist, bass

The Dragoon Band and opera singer, basso Janne Sundqvist will take their listeners a step closer to Christmas with a rendition of familiar Christmas tunes.