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 48 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


Guest Concert: Staff Band of the Bundeswehr

Free admission!
  • Mon 26.02.2018
    7 pm
    The Rock Church
    Lutherinkatu 3, 00100 Helsinki

Staff Band of the Bundeswehr is the main representative brass band of the Bundeswehr, stationed in Berlin.

Conductors: Senior Lieutenant Reinhard Kiauka and capitain Tobias Wunderle
Soloists: Senior Warrant Officer Alexander Größler, clarinet and Chief Warrant Officer Ronald Quandt, basset horn

James Curnow: Fanfare and Flourishes
Robert Kajanus (sov. John Belenos): Finnish rapsody nro. 1 op. 5
Jan Van der Roost: Canterbury Choral
Philippe Rombi (sov. John Glenesk Mortimer): I´m Dreaming of Home
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (sov. Siegmund Goldhammer): Concert piece no. 2 op. 114 for clarinet, basset horn and orchestra
John Williams (sov. Paul Lavender): Hymn to the Fallen
Jean Sibelius (sov. Hermann Schmidt): Finlandia op. 26

With blue and white eyes

25 €
  • Wed 28.02.2018
    Espoo Cultural Centre, Tapiola Hall
    Kulttuuriaukio 2, Espoo

You will hear Finnish light music from the past decades in a concert organised in cooperation with Espoo Front Veterans.

Pasi-Heikki Mikkola and Tomi Väisänen, conductors

The Guards Band and Academy Winds in the National Wind Music Conference

13,50-35 €
Sampo Kasurinen: Overture
Paavo Heininen: Fanfare for peace
Jukka Linkola: Saxophone concerto
Johan De Mej: Symphony No. 1 ‘Lord of the Rings’

Anna-Maria Helsing, conductor
Perttu Nurkka, saxophone

Spring concert - Marches!

33,50 €
  • Thu 12.04.2018
    Hyvinkää hall
    Kauppatori 1, Hyvinkää
  • Fri 13.04.2018
    Finlandia hall
    Mannerheimintie 13 e, Helsinki
Pasi-Heikki Mikkola and Tomi Väisänen, conductor
To mark the centenary of the Finnish Defence Forces, the Guards Band will play some of the finest marches from Finland and other countries.

Töölö II

Free admission!
  • Wed 09.05.2018
    The Rock Church
Tanja Räsänen, conductor
Øystein Baadsvik, tuba

Egil Hovland: Festival Overture
Øystein Baadsvik: Tuubakonsertto
Albert Schneltzer: Azraeel Suite
Johan August Halvorsen: Norsk Rapsodi nr. 1