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Guards Band

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The Guards Band (Finnish: Kaartin soittokunta; Swedish: Gardets musikkår) is the premier band of the Finnish Defence Forces. Established in Parola on April 1, 1819, it is the oldest of the six Finnish military bands as well as the oldest continuously operating professional musical organization in Finland.[1]

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Guards Band
The Guards Band performing in Malmö, Sweden in 2017
ActiveApril 1, 1819  present
AllegianceFlag_of_Finland.svg Finland
TypeMilitary band
Garrison/HQGuard Jaeger Regiment, Helsinki
Senior ConductorMajor (mus.) Timo Kotilainen
ConductorCaptain (mus.) Aino Koskela

The Guards Band is officially the Representative Band of the President of the Republic of Finland.[1][2] As of 2022, it consists of 42 musicians led by Senior Conductor Timo Kotilainen and Conductor Aino Koskela.[3]

The Guards Band performs in over 100 events every year, including state visits, military parades, state dinners, concerts and the Independence Day Reception at the Presidential Palace. Its most important annual concerts include the Töölö concerts, held at the Temppeliaukio Church to highlight contemporary music, the entertainment concerts at the Finlandia Hall, and a classical concert at the Helsinki Music Centre.[4][5]