Special Exemplary Military Band of the Guard of Honor Battalion of Russia

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Special Exemplary Military Band of the Guard of Honor of Russia
Специальный образцовый военный отряд Почетного караула России
В Москве завершился сезон Программы «Военные оркестры в парках» - 2018.jpg
ActiveNovember 29, 1956 – present
Country Soviet Union  Russia
BranchFlag of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation.svg Ministry of Defense
TypeMilitary Band
RoleCeremonial services
Part of154th Preobrazhensky Independent Commandant's Regiment
Major Pavel Gernets

The Special Military Exemplary Band of the Honor Guard is a special military unit that performs military music for the guard of honor of Russia that greets foreign government delegations, as well as provide musical accompaniment for national events. It is a branch of the Military Band Service of the Armed Forces of Russia.The band participated in the welcoming ceremonies of more than 22 heads of state.[1]

The band forms part of the 154th Preobrazhensky Independent Commandant's Regiment.

Heads of the Band[edit]

The band at the airport.
  • Colonel Georgiy Nikolaev (1956–1968)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Nikolai Zubarevich (1968–1972)
  • Colonel Boris Dyldin (1972–1988)
  • Colonel Anatoliy Prihodchenko (1989–1993)
  • Colonel Sergey Gorev (1993–1998)
  • Colonel Eduard Nikolaev (1998–2003)
  • Colonel Mikhail Titov (2003–2007)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Igor Pahomov (2008–2009)
  • Major Konstantin Petrovich (2009–2015)
  • Major Pavel Gernets (2015–present)
The commander of the band from 2009 to 2015, Konstantin Petrovich.


The band in 2016.

The band was created in fall of 1956 by order of the Council of Ministers of the USSR. It played its music at many memorials in the country. It is most known for playing at the welcoming ceremony of Yuri Gagarin, the 1980 Summer Olympics, and the Yalta and Potsdam Conferences. It serves as a band for the wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. in Moscow.[2][3]

Ceremonial Music[edit]

Title Composer
Moscow Fanfare A. Golovin
In Defense of the Motherland Viktor Runov
Ballad of a Soldier Vasily Solovyov-Sedoi
Slow march "25 years of Red Army" Semeon Tchernetsky
Adagio Valery Khalilov
Solemn Triumphal March Valery Khalilov
Moscow's Salute Semeon Tchernetsky
March of the Preobrazhensky Regiment
Slow March of the Red Army Semeon Tchernetsky
Slow march "Victory" Yuri Griboedov
Song of the Soviet Army Alexander Aleksandrov



  1. ^ "The Exemplary band of the Honor Guard". www.kremlin-military-tattoo.ru. Retrieved 2017-04-15.
  2. ^ https://function.mil.ru/news_page/country/more.htm?id=12133554@egNews
  3. ^ https://www.m24.ru/videos/parki/15072017/149926