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Senior Conductor

Major (mus.) Tomi Väisänen

Major (mus.) Tomi Väisänen began studying music according to the Kodály method already as a child in Lahti. Around the same time, he also began studying piano at the Päijät-Häme conservatory. He later continued his music studies in the Navy Band in Turku, where the oboe became his main instrument. After completing his studies, he was posted as first oboe player in the Pohja Military Band in Oulu and took part in the Defence Forces’ military band championships where he placed first three times consecutively.

Väisänen graduated as a conductor from the Military Music School and the Sibelius Academy's military conductor course. He later continued his music studies, graduating from the Sibelius Academy with a Master's degree in wind orchestra conducting.

Tomi Väisänen has studied choral conducting and has been the choir director of the Kajaanin Mieslaulajat choir for eight years. He has arranged music for choirs, wind orchestras, and big bands.

Väisänen has served as a commanding officer or conductor in the Kainuu Military Band, Lapland Military Band, Air Force Band, and in the Guards Band. He started as the conductor of the Dragoon Band on 1 January 2021.