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


Töölö III

Free admission!
  • Wed 02.09.2020
    7 pm
    Temppeliaukio church (The Rock Church)

Tomas Djupsjöbacka, conductor
Stefan Stanciu, panflute

Aaron Copland: Fanfare for the common man
Joan Tower: Fanfare for the uncommon woman no 1
Stefan Stanciu: Concerto for panflute and wind orchestra
Juha Pisto: Endangered Dances

Traveler - Travelling with the Chief Conductor

By invitation only
  • Thu 24.09.2020
    at 7 pm
    Helsinki Concervatoire Hall

Traveler includes a selection of traditional and new wind music of different genres. Soprano Mari Palo and the trumpeter Jermu Nyberg will shine as the concert’s soloists.

This will be the farewell concert of the Defence Forces Chief Conductor Jyrki Koskinen. The audience will be walked through the different stages of the Chief Conductor’s career. Koskinen, who started his music studies with the piano, changed over to the trumpet, which lead him to the path of becoming a military musician and, a bit later, to pursue conductor studies. Several service assignments at different locations have included development of procedures and training as well as production of music ranging from arrangements to compositions. The programme of this concert also gives an idea of how versatile his career as a military band conductor has been: compositions important to Koskinen will be performed ranging from symphonic wind music to entertainment music.

Töölö IV

Free admission!
  • Wed 28.10.2020
    7 pm
    Temppeliaukio church (The Rock Church)

AAVA-saxophone quartet
József Hárs, conductor

Heritage Day Concert

Ticket information to be announced
  • Tue 24.11.2020
    at 7 pm
    Music Hall, Helsinki

The concert will be celebrating Uuno Klami´s 120th anniversary. Ticket sales will start in May.

Matts Remell, euphonium
Pasi-Heikki Mikkola, conducter

Christmas concert

50/25 €

The Guards Band of the Finnish Defence Forces with soprano Karita Mattila performs traditional christmas music by Sibelius, Bach and Rimsky-Korsakov among others.