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Visit from the Finnish Navy band Part 3 (of 4): 2018 Photos: Mostly Finnish Defense Forces

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För svenska tryck här: https://blogg.forsvarsmakten.se/mmk/2019/11/22/besok-av-finska-flottans-musikkar-del-3-av-4-2018-de-flesta-foton-tagna-av-finska-forsvaret-visit-from-the-finnish-navy-band-part-3-of-4-2018-photos-mostly-finnish-defense-forces/

At at tattoo in Oslo in May in 2016 the Swedish Navy Band met the Finnish Navy band and after the idea had occurred to make some kind of cooperation a photo was taken of the two bands together.

Two and a half years later they came to us in Karlskrona, where we made a concert together.

First they made a guided tour in Karlskrona led by the former chief of the Swedish Navy Band Mats Holmer.

Laivaston soittokunta pääsi tutustumaan myös Karlskronan 1600-luvulla perustettuun laivastotukikohtaan. Soittokunta pääsi kokeileaan köyden tekemistä. Photo: Finnish Defence Forces, Julius Rautanen

The Finnish Navy band also went in the building Wasaskjul at the Naval base, where ships were built a long time ago. Photo: Finnish Defence Forces Julius Rautanen

The Navy Band, Finland also got to see the oldest makeshift church in Sweden, Karlskrona Admiralty Church, the Ulrica Pia, which also has the the Rosenbom, a tourist attraction in itself. Photo: Finnish Defence Forces Julius Rautanen

Who are they then, the Navy band of Finland? In the concert program you could read the following: ”Programblad:

Finska Flottans Musikkår

Flottans musikkår är Marinens representationsorkester med sitt säte i Åbo.

Flottans musikkår, bestående av 32 musiker, leds av chefkapellmästare Petri Junna och kapellmästare Jarkko Aaltonen. Förutom den traditionella konsertuppsättningen består musikkåren även av Flottans blåskvintett, hornkvintett och hornseptett. Flottans musikkår utbildar även beväringsmusiker, som utgör en betydelsefull roll i musikkårens olika uppsättningar.

Flottans musikkår grundades 1919. Sedan 2013, med närhet till både Aura å och Åbo slott,

har musikkåren sin hemvist i samma byggnad som Åbo konservatorium vilket medfört att kåren kan erbjuda solist- och praktikmöjligheter för musikstuderanden.

Musikkårens konserter ges på hemmaplan i Sigyn-salen, men även runt om i Egentliga Finland, Satakunda och Österbotten. Utöver en mångsidig konsertverksamhet gör musikkåren även uppträdanden på Marinens ceremonier och festliga evenemang.

Presidentens sommarbostad Gullranda i Nådendal och dess statliga representationstillställningar hör även till Flottans musikkårs verksamhet, liksom sommarkonserter i den vackra skärgården.”

Concert program:

Finnish Navy Band

The Navy Band is the Finnish Navy’s official representative orchestra based in Turku.

The Navy band, with 32 musicians, is led by the Senior conductor Petri Junna and the conductor Jarkko Aaltonen. In addition to the concert ensemble, diversity to the band’s performances are provided by a wind quintet, brass quintet and brass septet. The Navy band also educates conscript musicians, who also play an important part of the band’s performances in various sets.

Established in 1919, the Navy Band gained new premises that do the traditional orchestra justice when it moved to a location by Turku Castle on the banks of the Aurajoki River in 2013. The very same building is also home to the Turku Conservatory. Increased cooperation with the school of music has taken the form of soloist concerts and traineeships for students.

In addition to performing in the concert hall Sigyn in the band’s own building, the navy musicians travel widely for concerts and maritime performances in the regions of Southwest Finland, Satakunta and Ostrobothnia.

Every summer, once the President of the Republic of Finland has moved to his summer home of Kultaranta in Naantali, the band also begins to play at state events and hold summer concerts in the beautiful municipalities of the archipelago.”

That means they celebrate a 100 years this year!!! Many congratulations from the Swedish Navy Band to them!
You can read more about them at https://sotilasmusiikki.fi/en/the-navy-band

This is was the schedule looked like in Swedish for the cooperation week last year:

After the first day of rehearsals it was time for a welcome party in the historical building Sjöofficersmässen.

I had the pleasure to have Aki Riihimäki (percussion), Pekka Siponen (sax) and Juho Tuominen (cl) and Heli Palomaa (cl) at the table. Photo taken by cell phone: Katja Wisén 2018

We compared the different navy bands with each other and realized among other things that a full time job day in the Navy band of Finland is 7 hours and 30 minutes compared to the Navy band of Sweden with 8 hours per day, which particularly interested me since I am schedule negotiator at the Swedish Navy band. We also talked about:

 

Our conclusion was the the bands are very similar in many ways. I am stunned by the fact that they don’t have on single full time administrator employed.

As a musician I find it interesting to know how to apply for a job in their orchestra. Pekka Siponen answered:

  1. Win the audition
  2. Psychological test
  3. Cooper test (run 2600 m in 12 minutes)
  4. Since the last 10 years you have to do military service 12 months (2 of shooting)
  5. Security check
  6. Interview

The Finnish band is employed as soldiers, not civil. Once a year they have to do the Cooper test. “It’s like the longest 12 minutes of the year!”, Pekka Siponen says smiling. Normally they have 2 working hours per week of physical training on their own. The military employees of the Swedish Armed forces has 3 hours per week. In Sweden the bands are civil employed and there is no must of physical training, but we may exercise 3 hours of working time per week if there’s time.  If the Finnish musicians would fail in the Cooper test it’s called ”fat ring” . Then they have to do 4 hours of reported exercise per week or have a note from a doctor, Pekka Siponen continues.  Soldiers in Sweden also have physical demands and the Cooper test. The Swedish Navy Band is war placed though. To become employed in Sweden you don’t have to do a psychological test, but there is a marching test. Other than that the similarities are huge on how to get a job as a musician in the Swedish Navy band.

How long time of trial period do you have? I asked. We have 6 months.

-Trial period is 6 months in the Finnish Navy Band, Heli Palomaa answered.

So that’s how you can start in the bands. When can you stop?

Pekka Siponen answers that the retirement is now at 57 years, 10 years ago it was 45 years young for soldiers. “Every second year they raise the retirement age with a couple of years so when I retire it will probably be at 70!” Pekka Siponen says laughing. With 45 years they had a retirement military pension to add to the normal pension because it was so low that people had to apply for another job.

 

Pekka Siponen, Heli Palomaa och Juho Tuominen outside the Swedish Navy Bands residence at Sparre, Karlskrona Photo: Katja Wisén 2018

No who are these three musicians in the Finnish Navy Band? Ladies first. The lads will have to wait until the last episode of this blogg serie.

 

Heli Palomaa:

Years in the band: 2,5 years plus 9 months of military service

Instrument: Clarinet

From: born in Kokkola (Karleby) (430 km north of Turku)

Years of full time music studies: 8 years

Places for music studies: I (Heli)  have studied in Tampere (Tammerfors), in Tallinn, Estonia and Oulu (Uleåborg) before moving to Turku (Åbo). I also did my Erasmus studies in Graz, Austria.

Favourite Finnish clarinet piece: I don’t know if I have a favorite Finnish Clarinet piece. Bernhard  Henrik Crusell is a very significant composer and clarinetist from Finland and his concertos are important. Those are quite often played in auditions for military bands in Finland. But anyway those are not my personal favorites. I’d rather say that my favorite Finnish composer is Sibelius although he didn’t compose pieces only for the clarinet. But he has composed many great solos for clarinet like for example the beginning of the first Symphony <3

Favourite March: It is difficult to remember all the marches now.. But I would say Sankarimarssi Heroes pugnate (Hjältemarsch) is quite nice at least at the moment of all the marches I know. It is actually interesting that Heikki Klemetti copied the melody for that march from a latin song from the Middle Ages.

Heli Palomaa sends a link to here blog if someone is interested in reading more:

https://helipauliina.wordpress.com/ 

Then there was the concert day in the concert hall Sparresalen in Karlskrona.

Everybody was excited for the concert and there was a large audience.

Photo: Finnish Defense Forces Akseli Jokinen

The finns started by themselves. After that we swedes played. After the break we played together.

Petri Junna conducted. Photo: Finnish Defence Forces Julius Rautanen

Jarkko Aaltonen conducted the Euphonium concerto among other things. Photo: Finnish Defence Forces Julius Rautanen

Matts Remell was a soloist. Photo: Finnish Defence Forces Julius Rautanen

The conductor thanked the soloist directly after the solo concert. Photo: Finnish Defence Forces Julius Rautanen

Alexander Hanson also conducted. Photo: Finnish Defence Forces Julius Rautanen

Photo: Finnish Defence Forces Julius Rautanen

Laivaston soittokunta konsertoi yhdessä Ruotsin kuninkaallisen laivaston soittokunnan kanssa Karlskronassa 21.11.2018 The conductor thankt the band after their part. Photo and Finnish photo text: Finnish Defence Forces Julius Rautanen

Both the Swedish and Finnish Naval Chiefs were present at both the concert in Sweden and in Finland. That makes me proud and hopeful. I was very happy and proud to read what the Rear Admiral Jens Nykvist had written in the program notes. He wrote:

“Sverige och Finland har likartade säkerhetspolitiska utgångspunkter och våra länder har idag ett omfattande samarbete på försvarsområdet. Samarbetet mellan olika svenska och finska enheter har idag utvecklats till att exempelvis omfatta respektive lands marin med en gemensam projektorganisation inom ramen för Finish-Swedish Naval Cooperation (FISE Naval). Det känns därför både naturligt och glädjande att våra länders respektive ”Marinens Musikkår” också har inlett ett samarbete över nationsgränserna.

Militärmusik är moralhöjande och stärker förbandsandan, ingjuter hopp och mod hos soldater och sjömän, skapar uppmuntran, tröst och trygghet för anhöriga i sorg och stolthet vid framgång. Musikens kraft har förmågan att samla och förena människor och är därför ett viktigt verktyg för Försvarsmakten – i djupaste fred såväl som i orostider.

Denna konsert är ett exempel på våra länders goda samarbeten och vi hoppas att du ska uppleva både trygghet, stolthet och tradition.”

That could maybe be something like:

”Sweden and Finland has similar political security starting points and our countries has today an extensive cooperation in the defense field. The cooperation between Swedish and Finnish units has today evolved into include both lands navy and a mutual project organization within the Finish-Swedish Naval Cooperation (FISE Naval) for example. Therefor it feels both natural and gratifying that each of our contries ”Navy Band” also has started a cooperation over the national borders.

Military music is raising morality and reinforces the spirit of the military units, infuses hope and braveness into the soldiers and seamen, creates encouragement and confidence for relatives in sorrow and proudness with success. The power of the music has an ability to gather and unite people and is therefor an important tool for the Armed Forces – both in deepest peace and in turbulent times.

This concert is an example of our nations’s good corporations and we hope that you will feel both safety, proudness and tradition.”

I have a great respect for the insight of military music, that Jens and probably also the Finnish Naval chief have. I really haven’t met so many people that can put words on it so well. Thank you so much for that, the Naval chief!

 

Laivaston soittokunta konsertoi yhdessä Ruotsin kuninkaallisen laivaston soittokunnan kanssa Karlskronassa 21.11.2018 Photo: Finnish Defence Forces Julius Rautanen

Laivaston soittokunta konsertoi yhdessä Ruotsin kuninkaallisen laivaston soittokunnan kanssa Karlskronassa 21.11.2018 Photo: Finnish Defence Forces Julius Rautanen

When two bands play together the sound volume can be strong and then it’s really good to wear ear plugs. Here Anders Nilsson on cymbals, that make a strong sound in themselves. Photo: Finnish Defence Forces Julius Rautanen

All three conductors on a line in front of both the orchestras.
Photo: Finnish Defence Forces Julius Rautanen

Laivaston soittokunta konsertoi yhdessä Ruotsin kuninkaallisen laivaston soittokunnan kanssa Karlskronassa 21.11.2018 The then Naval Chief  Vice Admiral Veijo Taipalus made a speech as the Swedish Naval Chief did.
Photo: Finnish Defence Forces Julius Rautanen

Photo: Finnish Defence Forces Julius Rautanen

The Swedish Naval Chief Rear Admiral Jens Nykvist
Photo: Finnish Defence Forces Akseli Jokinen

Photo: Finnish Defence Forces Julius Rautanen

Laivaston soittokunta konsertoi yhdessä Ruotsin kuninkaallisen laivaston soittokunnan kanssa Karlskronassa 21.11.2018 After the applause of the audience the conductors also thankt the concertmasters. 
Photo: Finnish Defence Forces Julius Rautanen

The three conductors Jarkko Aaltonen, Alexander Hanson and Petri Junna
Photo: Katja Wisén 2018

Laivaston soittokunta konsertoi yhdessä Ruotsin kuninkaallisen laivaston soittokunnan kanssa Karlskronassa 21.11.2018 After the concert the instrument section players wanted to be documented together. 
Photo at the back: Finnish Defence Forces Julius Rautanen

Laivaston soittokunta konsertoi yhdessä Ruotsin kuninkaallisen laivaston soittokunnan kanssa
Karlskronassa 21.11.2018
Even the audience slipped up on stage and wanted to say their thanks.
Photo: Finnish Defence Forces Julius Rautanen

An enormously big thank you to the Finnish Defence Forces Info Departement at the Finnishg Navy Band, especially to Julius Rautanen and Akseli Jokinen for the fantastic photos and the permission to publish them.

Thank you for having the strength to read this far! Next episode will be about when the Swedish Navy Band went to Finland to visit the Finnish Navy Band in 2018.

Katja Wisén

for the Royal Navy Band

22nd of November 2019

 

 

 

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