4 The Guards Band

The Guards Band

The oldest professional wind band in Finland, The Guards Band, was established in 1819. Nowadays the official representative band of the Finnish Defence Forces consists of 42 full-time musicians. One of the duties for the Helsinki-based band is performing at The Independence Day’s reception at the Presidential Palace. On top of the official performances, the Guards Band also gives concerts in Finland and abroad.

Senior Conductor

Major (Mus.) Pasi-Heikki Mikkola


Major (Mus.) Tomi Väisänen


Meidän poikamme (Our Boys) Finnish Defence Forces 100th Anniversary Concert

Jyrki Koskinen and Pasi-Heikki Mikkola, conductor
Topi Lehtipuu, tenor

The concert will feature “Songs of a Wayfearer”, sung by the talented Topi Lehtipuu as well as music from old Finnish films.

Christmas concert


Pasi-Heikki Mikkola ja Tomi Väisänen, conductor
Somnium Ensemble

The traditional Christmas concert will feature well-loved Christmas songs and festive music. The Guards Band will have the Somnium Ensemble as their guest. This talented mixed choir is made up of young music students and experienced choir singers.