6 Lapland Military Band

Lapland Military Band

The Lapland Military Band, based in Rovaniemi, is the only boreal professional wind orchestra in Finland and in the European Union. The band consists of 30 musicians. Besides performing in the events organized by the Defence Forces, it has an important role in Lapland’s music culture.

Senior Conductor

Major (Mus.) Jaakko Nurila


Captain (Mus.) Tero Haikala


With patriotic spirit and determination

Tickets 20 euros
The Lapland Military Band, with Mari Palo and Hannu Lehtonen as vocalists, will take you back in time to the years when the fate of Finland hung in the balance. Riku Huhtasalo, the Senior Conductor of the Dragoon Band, will be in charge of the orchestral content of the evening. Vocalists: Mari Palo and Hannu Lehtonen. Conductor: Riku Huhtasalo, Major (mus.)

Pictures at an Exhibition

Tickets 15 euros
  • Thu 12.04.2018
    Rovaniemi Church
Conductor: Tero Haikala, Captain (mus.)
A journey to France and Russia can begin. Pictures at an Exhibition is probably the best known work of Modest Mussorgsky. The suite, which was originally composed for piano, got a new life as an orchestration by Maurice Ravel. The soft sounds of saxophone will also give an idea of the unique atmosphere in the moors of Provence in southern France. With the wind players of the Navy Band, you will feel the breezes of the maritime air and they will also make the ensemble into a fully fledged symphony orchestra.

Regional church festival of the Finnish Defence Forces

  • Fri 04.05.2018
    Sotkamo Church
The church festival held in the Sotkamo Church is devoted to music, speech and prayer. The church festival, which was first held in 1991, was originally an event for the military province. However, it is now open to everybody, offering an opportunity for spiritual reflection with music and God's Word.

Honouring members of the Lotta organisation

  • Wed 16.05.2018
    Rovaniemi Church
Conductors: Jaakko Nurila, Major (mus.) and Tero Haikala, Captain (mus.).
The contribution made by the members of the Finnish women's auxiliary paramilitary organisation (Lotta organisation) during the Second World War cannot be overestimated. The concert, organised by the Lotta Heritage Association, will be a tribute to their achievements, which were suppressed in the post-war decades, and the values that they represented. The concert, which has become a tradition, is a wonderful mixture of old and new military music.

Concert to support young people at risk of social exclusion

  • Thu 17.05.2018
    Karjasilta Church, Oulu
It is often said that you are lucky to be born in Finland. However, not all of us are able to walk a smooth path. This concert reminds us of the power of cooperation and the need to help young people at risk of social exclusion. Young people are the adults of the future - let us help them so that they can have a good and responsible life.
The concert is organised by the Oulu Rotary Club, Karjasilta Parish and the Oulu Soldiers’ Home Association.

Festival concert to mark the 110th anniversary of the band of the Rovaniemi Voluntary Fire Brigade

  • Sat 26.05.2018
    Lyseonpuisto Upper Secondary School, Rovaniemi
Conductors: Olli Kannisto, mus.dir, and Jaakko Nurila, Major (mus.).
The Lapland Military Band will celebrate its own 50th anniversary in the coming year but the band of the Rovaniemi Voluntary Fire Brigade, which was established in 1908, also has plenty of reasons to celebrate in 2018.
The two bands have held joint concerts for many decades. You will hear festive marches and light wind music.

Concert of the Flag Day of the Finnish Defence Forces

Tickets 20 euros
  • Mon 04.06.2018
    Madetoja Hall, Oulu
Conductor: Tero Haikala, Captain (mus.)
The Finnish Defence Forces celebrated its Flag Day for the first time in 1919. In 1934, it was ordered that the Finnish flag must be flown from public buildings on that day. The Finnish Government bestowed on Gustav Mannerheim the rank of the Marshall of Finland on his 75th birthday on 4 June 1942 and ordered that the day shall also be celebrated as the Flag Day of the Finnish Defence Forces. Distinguished military officers will receive promotions and decorations on this day.