Rakuunasoittokunta

The Finnish Army Band Dragoon Band

The Army Dragoon Band celebrates its 100th anniversary year in 2021!

The Dragoon Band, attached to the Army Academy, based in Lappeenranta,  is an Army band with 34 professional musicians.  Its performance activities focus on East and Southeast Finland.  Major (Mus.) Riku Huhtasalo is the band’s senior conductor and Major (Mus.) Tomi Väisänen its conductor.

The Dragoon Band established in 1921 is celebrating its anniversary this year.  100 years have passed since the establishment of a Cavalry Brigade in Lappeenranta and a band attached to it.  However, dragoon traditions go way back to the 17th century, and the band still rides strong today respecting these traditions with its music and modernized m/17 outfit. 

The band’s concert programme this autumn is festive indeed.  The band will be present in the Guard’s Parade in Helsinki at the end of the summer with the Dragoon Guild’s Cavalry Detachment.  In the autumn, the Dragoon Band 100 Years Anniversary Concert tour will perform in Tampere, Hamina, Joensuu, Mikkeli and, of course, Lappeenranta.  The Dragoon Band will celebrate Independence Day by performing its Evening Devoted to Fatherland Concert which has become a tradition. Also, Saipa will be cheered to victory in the Jukurit-Saipa match organized in Mikkeli to celebrate the Finnish Reserve Officers’ Federation’s 90th anniversary.  The Dragoon Band will also perform at a number of Defence Forces and Border Guard oath taking ceremonies, parades, other ceremonies and events.    The band will also perform at events of veterans, reservists and national defence organizations. 

The Dragoon Band organizes and develops concert activities in its own performance area and works with other actors in the music branch.  For example, the Band cooperates with the Lappeenranta City Orchestra in the framework of various projects every year. 

You can watch our music videos here On our Youtube channel.

Welcome to celebrate our anniversary year with us!

Senior Conductor

Riku Huhtasalo, Major (mus.)

Senior Conductor
Riku Huhtasalo
Major (Mus.) Riku Huhtasalo
Conductor
Major (Mus.) Tomi Väisänen

The Dragoon Band concerts

DRAGOON BAND 100 Years Pirkanmaa The Dragoon Band
10 November

DRAGOON BAND 100 Years

The Dragoon Band

Tampere Hall

Tickets from 20 € (incl. service fees and programme) In advance: lippu.fi, R-kiosks, Tampere Hall lobby ticket sales point Mon-Fri 9.00 -18.00 Tickets sold at the door two hours before the concert

19:00

DRAGOON BAND 100 Years Pohjois-Karjala The Dragoon Band
24 November

DRAGOON BAND 100 Years

The Dragoon Band

Carelia Hall

Tickets from 15 € (incl. service fees) In advance: ticketmaster.fi, Carelicum tel: 013 2675 222 At the door one hour before the concert

19:00

DRAGOON BAND 100 Years Etelä-Savo The Dragoon Band
25 November

DRAGOON BAND 100 Years

The Dragoon Band

Mikael konserthus

Tickets from 20 € (incl. service fees and programme) In advance: Ticketmaster, Congress and Concert Hall Mikaeli tel: 0600 30 2045 At the door one hour before the concert

19:00

DRAGOON BAND 100 Years Etelä-Karjala The Dragoon Band
26 November

DRAGOON BAND 100 Years

The Dragoon Band

Lappeenranta-sali

Tickets from 20 € (incl. service fees and programme) In advance: Customer Service Centre Winkki, lippu.fi, R-kiosks Tickets sold at Winkki an hour before the concert

19:00

EVENING DEVOTED TO FATHERLAND Etelä-Karjala The Dragoon Band
03 December

EVENING DEVOTED TO FATHERLAND

The Dragoon Band

Lappee Marian Church

Tickets from 20 € (incl. service fees and programme) In advance: ticketmaster.fi At the door one hour before the concert

19:00

90 YEARS – THEMED JUKURIT-SAIPA MATCH Etelä-Savo The Dragoon Band
04 December

90 YEARS – THEMED JUKURIT-SAIPA MATCH

The Dragoon Band

Ikioma-areena

Ticket information on the Jukurit website. In advance: lippu.fi Tickets sold at the arena an hour before the concert

16:30