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.
The Spring Concert
- Thu 11.04.20197pmKuusaasali, Kouvola
- Fri 12.04.20197pmFinlandia Hall
Kyösti Mäkimattila, vocals
Pasi-Heikki Mikkola and Tomi Väisänen, conductor
Dive into the world of film music with Kyösti Mäkimattila! The energetic and charismatic singer together with the 200-year-old Guards Band will take you on a trip through time with melodies, words and images.
Töölö IIIFree admission!
- Wed 15.05.20197pmTemppeliaukio Church
Jenny Villanen, piccolo
Kaapo Ijas, conductor
Felix Mendelssohn: Overture for Winds
Bruce Broughton: Concerto for Piccolo and Wind Ensemble
Kaapo Ijas: Schizophonia
Paul Hindemith: Symphony in B-flat major
The Guards Band 200 Years Festival
- Thu 13.06.20197pmBalder Hall
- Fri 14.06.201912pm-Helsinki City Centre/Suomenlinna
- Sat 15.06.201911am-Suomenlinna
- Sun 16.06.20192pmSuomenlinna
Töölö IVFree admission!
- Wed 09.10.20197pmTemppeliaukio Church
Military Music 200 Years Concert
- Mon 18.11.20197pmSibelius Hall, Lahti
- Tue 19.11.20197pmThe Helsinki Music Centre
The anniversary concert will feature well-known works of military music that are important to Finns, and a peek behind the scenes of historical events.
The anniversary year concert gives a gaze for a diverse and highly relevant history in the field. The Guards Band is performing with the Academic Male Voice Choir of Helsinki, founded in 1838 by Fredrik Pacius and the oldest extant choir in Finland. Kari Turunen has been conducting the choir since 2008.
During the Helsinki concert, a military musician of the year 2019 will be announced.
Conductors: The Chief Conductor of the Finnish Defence Forces, Lieutenant Colonel (Mus.) Jyrki Koskinen, The Senior Conductor, Major (Mus.) Pasi-Heikki Mikkola and former conductors of the Guards Band, Raine Ampuja and Elias Seppälä.