Conductors

Chief Conductor

Captain (Mus.) Ville Paakkunainen

Captain (Mus.) Ville Paakkunainen (born 1978) began as the chief conductor of the Conscript Band of the Finnish Defence Forces 1st February 2017. Before that, he served as the conductor of the Guards Band, the Conscript Band of the Finnish Defence Forces and the chief of the Military Music School’s course department.

In 2007, Paakkunainen graduated with a Master’s degree in music from the Sibelius Academy with a major in conducting a wind orchestra. At the Sibelius Academy he was taught by Kalervo Kulmala, Pertti Pekkanen, Kari Tikka and Atso Almila, among other notable names.

Paakkunainen has served as a conductor for the Helsinki Symphonic Winds, Wind Band of the Lahti Conservatory and the Tampere Music Academy Orchestra. He has also taught conducting at the Military Music School and many summer camps.

Conductor

Senior Lieutenant (Mus.) Juhani Valtasalmi