Military Band Service of the Armed Forces of Russia

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Military Band Service of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation
Военно-оркестровая служба Вооружённых Сил Российской Федерации
2018 Moscow Victory Day Parade 09.jpg
Active 1711; 307 years ago (1711)
Country  Russia
Branch Flag of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation.svg Ministry of Defense
Type Military Band organization
Role The organization of military bands belonging to the Russian Armed Forces
Size 1000+
Headquarters Moscow
Commanders
Current
commander
Colonel Timofey Mayakin
Notable
commanders

Major General Semyon Tchernetsky (1924–1949)
Major-General Nikolai Mikhailov (1976–1993)

Lieutenant General Valery Khalilov (2002–2016)
Insignia
Emblem (1991-Present) Band service of the army of the RF.png
Emblem (1960-1991) USSR Military musicians emblem.jpg

The Military Band Service of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation serves as the official service of military bands in active service within the Russian Armed Forces and formerly the Soviet Armed Forces.

Senior Directors[edit]

History[edit]

Drummers of the Band during the 2010 Moscow Victory Day Parade.
The emblem of the band during the Soviet era.
The Band performing the Russian anthem at a Victory Day Parade.

For a country that has not just one of the largest armed forces in the world but also has produced some of the greatest composers and musicians, the MBS-AFR is one of the oldest institutions of military music in Europe and the world, founded by Peter the Great as per Ukaz № 2319 enacted on Feb. 19, 1711,[1] which mandated the formation of military bands and field music formations within both the Imperial Russian Army and the nascent Imperial Russian Navy following the Western practices. As both the Army's two foundation regiments (the Preobrazhensky Regiment and the Semyonovsky Regiment) had their own bands and corps of drums, which would also inspire the formation of the bands and fanfare band units within the artillery and the cavalry, the age of Peter the Great, aside from laying the foundation of the armed forces, also began centuries of the Russian military band tradition, which continues until today.

Activities[edit]

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Concerts[edit]

  • Joint military concerts are commonly held between the bands of the service and foreign military bands on Russian and foreign soil.

Composition[edit]

The military band of the 79th Guards Motorized Rifle Regiment.
Massed Bands of the Nizhny Novgorod Garrison during a victory day parade in 2017.
The band under the direction of Colonel Sergey Durygin during its 90th anniversary concert in 2017.

The composition of the Military Band Service of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation include:

Not under the armed forces but affiliated to the Band Service:

Current Formation of Massed Bands[edit]

The massed bands of the Moscow Garrison.
A chromatic fanfare trumpeter of the 3rd Battalion, 154th Preobrazhensky Independent Commandant's Regiment participating in a parade on Red Square.

Formation in Moscow

  • Chromatic Fanfare Trumpets, Field Drums, 1st Glockenspiels
  • Trumpets, Cornets, Flugelhorns
  • 1st Trombones
  • 1st and 2nd Marching Percussion
    • Snare drums
    • Bass drums and Cymbals
    • Turkish crescents
    • 2nd Glockenspiels
  • 2nd Trombones
  • Horns, Mellophones
  • Clarinets, Oboes, Saxophones, Bassoons, Flutes and Piccolos
  • Baritone horns, Tenor horns, Saxhorns
  • Euphoniums, Wagner Tubas, Tubas, Sousaphones

Formation in St Petersburg

The band of the St. Petersburg Garrison.
  • Chromatic Fanfare Trumpets (optional)
  • Field Drums (optional)
  • Trumpets
  • 1st Trombones, Horns and Woodwinds
    • Clarinets, Saxophones
  • Marching Percussion
    • Snare Drums
    • Bass drums
    • Cymbals
    • Turkish crescent (since 2011)
    • Glockenspiels
  • 2nd Trombones and Horns
  • 2nd Woodwinds
    • Clarinets, Oboes, Bassoons, Flutes, Piccolos
    • Saxophones
  • Saxhorns, Baritone and tenor horns, Euphoniums, Wagner tubas
  • Tubas, Sousaphones (optional)

Formation in Yekaterinburg

  • Chromatic Fanfare Trumpets
  • Field Drums (optional)
  • Trumpets, Cornets
  • Saxophones
  • Clarinets, Oboes, Bassoons, Flutes, Piccolos
  • Marching Percussion
    • Snare Drums
    • Bass drums
    • Cymbals
    • Turkish crescent
    • Glockenspiels
  • Saxhorns, Baritone and tenor horns, Euphoniums, Wagner tubas
  • Tubas, Sousaphones (optional)
  • Trombones and German horns

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Военно-оркестровая служба Вооруженных Сил Российской Федерации : Министерство обороны Российской Федерации". structure.mil.ru. Retrieved 2017-04-29.
  2. ^ a b RedSamurai84 (2016-05-24), Central Military Band of Russia Documentary Фильм о Военном Оркестре России, retrieved 2017-01-22
  3. ^ "Московское военно-музыкальное училище имени генерал-лейтенанта В.М.Халилова : Министерство обороны Российской Федерации". ens.mil.ru. Retrieved 2017-12-19.
  4. ^ "Центральный военный оркестр Министерства обороны Российской Федерации". Retrieved 2017-12-19.
  5. ^ "Participants — [EN] Spasskaya bashnya". www.kremlin-military-tattoo.ru (in Russian). Retrieved 2017-12-19.
  6. ^ "The Band of the 154 Preobrazhensky Regiment — [EN] Spasskaya bashnya". www.kremlin-military-tattoo.ru (in Russian). Retrieved 2017-12-19.
  7. ^ "Военный оркестр Штаба Восточного военного округа (Хабаровск)". Retrieved 2017-12-19.
  8. ^ "The Admiralty Navy Band of Russia - History". 2012-01-01. Archived from the original on 2012-01-01. Retrieved 2017-12-19.

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