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Visit from the Swedish Navy Band to Turku 2018 Part 4 (4) Photos mainly from Finnish Defence Forces

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Today the 24th of November 2019 exactly one year ago the  Finnish Military Music Tradition Day was celebrated directly after our mutual concert in Turku together with the Finnish Navy Band.

För svenska tryck här: https://blogg.forsvarsmakten.se/mmk/2019/11/24/besok-av-svenska-flottans-musikkar-del-4-av-4-abo-2018-de-flesta-foton-tagna-av-finska-forsvaret/

This is my travel book and the last blog post in this serie about the cooperation between the navy bands in Finland and in Sweden this time:

At last it was time for the Swedish Navy Band to visit the Finnish Navy Band. Imagine that they expressed their wish about this over fifty years ago! Whoever waits for something good never waits too long, we use to say.

Then were we there, in the land of licorice.

Is there any country else at all that has a wider range of licorice? Photo: Katja Wisén 2018

But we were also in the land of plot porridge pasty!

Photo: Katja Wisén 2018

On this journey I also learnt that it could be the land of food made into sausage packages also. 😉

But I’m sure that’s what they think about our plot porridge and pea soup packages too. Photo: Katja Wisén 2018

We also got to start our journey with a round trip, here to Turku cathedral. Photo: Katja Wisén

Photo: Katja Wisén

Iside the cathedral we got to hear about Swedish history in current Finland.

Photo: Katja Wisén 2018

We also got to know that the Finnish Navy Band has a tradition to play for Christmas right here every Christmas Eve.

Photo: Katja Wisén 2018

We were also told that this is the first Finland – Sweden ferry ever!

Photo: Katja Wisén 2018

This is the concerthouse where we had soundcheck and our mutual concert together with the Finnish Navy Band.

Photo: Finnish Defence Forces Akseli Jokinen

First I got the impression that this long cue, was for tickets for our concert, but when I asked someone in the cue I realized that they all wanted to go to some another concert! Then I got a little bit worried if there would come any people to our concert. Finland does have four professional military symphonic bands, a professional big band plus a conscript band to listen to plus all the symphony orchestras and opera orchestras and so on. Why would they want to listen to yet another symphonic band, this one from Sweden? I hoped that the Finnish Navy Band would attract their regular audience.

Photo: Katja Wisén 2018

At least they had set the table with lots of coffee cups for the interval at the concert.

Photo: Finnish Defence Forces Akseli Jokinen

Concert program sheets were handed out to the audience by for example Karin Svensson.
Photo: Finnish Defence Forces Akseli Jokinen

Photo: Finnish Defence Forces Akseli Jokinen

The trombone player Pekka Laurikka told the trombone players that included in the damages of the war were cough drops called Sisu and that Stalin liked them. Our then trombone player  Anders Karlsson got many Sisu cough drops, as a kind of Finnish souvernir.

The musicians Johu Tuominen, Heli Palomaa och Pekka Siponen.
Photo: Finnish Defence Forces Akseli Jokinen

I promised to tell about these lads in this episode and here it comes:

 

Juho Tuominen:

Years in the band: 2,5 years (2018), started in the Navy Band 6.6.2016. Served my military service 2014 for 9 months within my career in Navy Band, 2017 served for NCO-course for 3 months. 

Instrument: Clarinet, Eb-clarinet 

From: Born in Laitila, 60 km north from Turku

Years of full time music studies: 4,5 years

Places for music studies: Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences

Favourite Finnish clarinet piece: Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Sonetto for clarinet and piano 

Favourite March: B.H.Crusell’s March (honory march of the Finnish Military Music)

 

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Pekka Siponen:

Years in the band: 10 years (2018)

Instrument: Saxophone

From: Tohmajärvi 

Years of full time music studies: 7 year

Places for music studies: Sibelius academy, Lahti Polytechnic, North Netherlands Conservatory

Favourite Finnish saxophone piece: Gunaropulos Concerto

Favourite March: Crusell March

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The chiefs of the Navies Rear Admiral Jens Nykvist och Vice Admiral Veijo Taipalus with the conductor  Jarkko Aaltonen
Photo: Katja Wisén 2018

The then chief of the Navy Vice Admiral  Veijo Taipaulus made a speech.
Photo: Finnish Defence Forces Akseli Jokinen

The Chief of the Navy Jens Nykvist also made a speech.
Photo: Katja Wisén 2018

Rear Admiral Jens Nykvist gave a gift to the Finnish Navy Band.
Photo: Katja Wisén 2018

Photo: Finnish Defence Forces Akseli Jokinen

But the audience did come! They filled the huge concert house! I wouldn’t have had to worry!

Samassa Veneessä -konsertti oli Laivaston soittokunnan sekä Ruotsin kuninkaallisen laivaston soittokunnan yhteinen konsertti turun Konserttitalolla 24.11.2018 Photo and Finnish text to the photo: Finnish Defence Forces Julius Rautanen

The Finnish started the concert again. These are the same kind of  fanfare trumpets, that we could see in the newspapers from 1967! The circle is complete. Grand! I wonder if they are exactly the same instruments or newer versions of them?

Samassa Veneessä -konsertti oli Laivaston soittokunnan sekä Ruotsin kuninkaallisen laivaston soittokunnan yhteinen konsertti turun Konserttitalolla 24.11.2018
Photo: Finnish Defence Forces Julius Rautanen

The Euphonium concert was played once again.

Samassa Veneessä -konsertti oli Laivaston soittokunnan sekä Ruotsin kuninkaallisen laivaston soittokunnan yhteinen konsertti turun Konserttitalolla 24.11.2018
Photo and photo text in Finnish: Finnish Defence Forces Julius Rautanen

Photo: Finnish Defence Forces Julius Rautanen

Samassa Veneessä -konsertti oli Laivaston soittokunnan sekä Ruotsin kuninkaallisen laivaston soittokunnan yhteinen konsertti turun Konserttitalolla 24.11.2018
Photo: Finnish Defence Forces Julius Rautanen

Samassa Veneessä -konsertti oli Laivaston soittokunnan sekä Ruotsin kuninkaallisen laivaston soittokunnan yhteinen konsertti turun Konserttitalolla 24.11.2018
Photo: Finnish Defence Forces Julius Rautanen

Photo: Finnish Defence Forces Akseli Jokinen

Foto: Finnish Defence Forces Akseli Jokinen

Samassa Veneessä -konsertti oli Laivaston soittokunnan sekä Ruotsin kuninkaallisen laivaston soittokunnan yhteinen konsertti turun Konserttitalolla 24.11.2018
Photo och finsk bildtext: Finnish Defence Forces Julius Rautanen

Photo: Finnish Defence Forces Akseli Jokinen

Samassa Veneessä -konsertti oli Laivaston soittokunnan sekä Ruotsin kuninkaallisen laivaston soittokunnan yhteinen konsertti turun Konserttitalolla 24.11.2018
Photo and Finnish text: Finnish Defence Forces Julius Rautanen

Samassa Veneessä -konsertti oli Laivaston soittokunnan sekä Ruotsin kuninkaallisen laivaston soittokunnan yhteinen konsertti turun Konserttitalolla 24.11.2018
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Photo and text in Finnish: Finnish Defence Forces Julius Rautanen

Samassa Veneessä -konsertti oli Laivaston soittokunnan sekä Ruotsin kuninkaallisen laivaston soittokunnan yhteinen konsertti turun Konserttitalolla 24.11.2018
Photo: Finnish Defence Forces Julius Rautanen

Samassa Veneessä -konsertti oli Laivaston soittokunnan sekä Ruotsin kuninkaallisen laivaston soittokunnan yhteinen konsertti turun Konserttitalolla 24.11.2018
Photo: Finnish Defence Forces Julius Rautanen

Samassa Veneessä -konsertti oli Laivaston soittokunnan sekä Ruotsin kuninkaallisen laivaston soittokunnan yhteinen konsertti turun Konserttitalolla 24.11.2018
Photo: Finnish Defence Forces Akseli Jokinen

Samassa Veneessä -konsertti oli Laivaston soittokunnan sekä Ruotsin kuninkaallisen laivaston soittokunnan yhteinen konsertti turun Konserttitalolla 24.11.2018
Photo: Finnish Defence Forces Akseli Jokinen

Petri Junna
Photo: Finnish Defence Forces Akseli Jokinen

 

Ruotsin kuninkaallisen laivaston komentaja, konta-amiraali Jens Nykvist sekä Laivaston komentaja vara-amiraali Veijo Taipalus nauttivat konsertista
Photo and text in Finnish: Finnish Defence Forces Julius Rautanen

Samassa Veneessä -konsertti oli Laivaston soittokunnan sekä Ruotsin kuninkaallisen laivaston soittokunnan yhteinen konsertti turun Konserttitalolla 24.11.2018
Photo: Finnish Defence Forces Julius Rautanen

Samassa Veneessä -konsertti oli Laivaston soittokunnan sekä Ruotsin kuninkaallisen laivaston soittokunnan yhteinen konsertti turun Konserttitalolla 24.11.2018
Photo: Finnish Defence Forces Julius Rautanen

Samassa Veneessä -konsertti oli Laivaston soittokunnan sekä Ruotsin kuninkaallisen laivaston soittokunnan yhteinen konsertti turun Konserttitalolla 24.11.2018
Photo och finsk bildtext: Finnish Defence Forces Julius Rautanen

After the concert small gifts were given between the orchestras.

After the concert the uniforms came off and we had a farewell party Photo: Katja Wisén 2018

 

The conductor Petri Junna made a long speech about the Finnish Military Music Tradition Day 
Photo: Katja Wisén 24 november 2018

Petri Junna said among other things in his speech last year:

”We have celebrated the Anniversary of Finnish Military Bands since year 1968, likewise the other independent troups. After the organization in the Finnish Defence Forces changed, year 1990, we have celebrated the tradition of military music instead.

The historical background of the anniversary dates back to 24th November 1880. On that day, the Emperor Alexander the second gave his order where he determined the instrumentation of the Guards Band. The band consisted of approximately 40 musicians and the instruments were mainly the ones used in the traditional Finnish Brass Septet. 

 

Finnish Military Music Celebrates its Two hundreth anniversary and the Finnish Navy Band its Centennial next year. We will have big concerts and events throughout the year. The highlight will be the tour to Tampere-Seinäjoki and Turku. In May next year we will open an exhibition of the Finnish Navy Band in the former school-ship of the Navy, Suomen Joutsen. At the same time we will release the Centennial history of our band. At this point already I want to thank our own patron association ”Sinitakkien marssi” as well as the author Kauko Karjalainen for this big effort in doing this publication. I already know that the work will be stunning.

 

Last spring we suddenly found out that we are due to move away from our premises. It was a shock of a kind, but we know that these are again the times the government is developing  its actions in many different sectors. We were in a rush to find new premises for us. (söörprisingli), our problem was quickly and positively solved. Right now we are in the situation, where the decision of building new premises has been done and our band will get new and modern premises some 300 meters from here, next to the Navy headquarters.”

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That means we have to congratulate the Finnish military music for their 200-years Jubilee this year! We also hope that the new buildings will not linger too long and that you will be very satisfied with them at least a 100 years more!
A prize for the Musician of the year was also handed out.

Award to the Player of the year. Photo: Katja Wisén 2018

I continued speaking with Pekka, who told med that the different military orchestras in Finland have the following alignment:
  • 1)  Finnish Navy       32 professional symphonic wind band
  • 2) Guards band        45 professional symphonic wind band 
  • 3) Dragoon band      32 professional symphonic wind band
  • 4) Lapland band       30 professional symphonic wind band
  • 5) Air force big band 20 professional big band

 and one conscripts band. I wonder if Alexandre the 2nd would have been satisfied with that. 

The flute colleague  Sabine Jönsson and I had the time for a short walk before heading home. 
Photo: Katja Wisén 2018

We bumped into our colleague on tuba Jörgen Ådvall who was looking at a christmas market. 
Photo: Katja Wisén 2018

It was a very cosy christmas market.
Photo: Katja Wisén 2018

We even found the queue to Santa Claus!
Photo: Katja Wisén

That was it! Now we really hope to meet the Finnish Navy band sooner than last time!

Katja Wisén

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24th of November 2019

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