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The Orchestra

The Orchestra of the Estonian Defence Forces was founded on 1 February 1993 as a state orchestra. The main tasks of the orchestra are to provide music on all state and military ceremonies, to welcome and to send off VIPs, and to perform concerts for both military and civil audiences.

In the beginning, the orchestra consisted of 20 members but it has grown and now has 45 professional musicians. The Chief of the Orchestra and Chief Conductor of the Estonian Defence Forces is LtCol Peeter Saan. LtCol Indrek Toompere is the deputy conductor and 1st Lt Simmu Vasar is the drum-major. Conscripts with a good musical background are able to do compulsory military service as members of the orchestra.

Currently, the orchestra does up to 200 performances per annum. During its 25 years of existence, the orchestra has performed in international festivals in France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, USA, Canada, Finland, Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium and Austria. The “armoury” of the orchestra includes Tattoo-show, music for official occasions and concert programmes, classical and popular. The orchestra has, to date, issued 16 CD albums.

Captain Simmu Vasar
The Chief of the Orchestra and Chief
Conductor of the Estonian Defence Forces
orkester@mil.ee

Last updated: 12. February 2020, 22:21

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