Military music is for everyone!
The year 2019 is a celebration of military music. In the anniversary year, the Guards Band turns 200, the Navy Band 100 and the Lapland Military Band 50 years old. See the upcoming performances and events in the concert calendar.
Military music became organised into a band from smaller brass ensembles in 1918 with the establishment of the first Finnish military band in Parola. Today, the band of the Helsinki Drill Battalion is known as the Guards Band. The Navy got a band of its own called the Navy Band in 1919. The Lapland Military Band was founded in 1969, and it was first known as the Rovaniemi Garrison Band.
The five military bands are the only professional wind bands in Finland with 180 military musicians. As well as the Conscript Band, they support national defence and play music that respects the traditions of military music.
The military bands hold concerts throughout Finland and also perform abroad. Overall, the bands have more than 1,000 performances each year. The performances vary from traditional guard parades, visually impressive international marching festivals and concerts of exquisite symphonic wind music to skilful performances of chamber music and entertaining popular music shows.
Warmly welcome to attend military music events!