MCoE Band hosts Finnish Concertmaster

The Maneuver Center of Exellence Band, Fort Benning, Ga.

The Maneuver Center of Exellence Band, Fort Benning, Ga.

MCoE Band Public Affairs /

(FORT BENNING, Ga.) — The Maneuver Center of Excellence Band recently hosted Staff Sergeant Seppo Pohjaoisaho, a band concertmaster with the Finland Defense Forces, for a special visit to Fort Benning.

Staff Sergeant Seppo Pohjaoisoaho (pictured center), a Finnish band concertmaster, is studying American bands at Georgia State University on a prestigious Fulbright research scholarship.

Staff Sergeant Seppo Pohjaoisoaho (pictured center), a Finnish band concertmaster, is studying American bands at Georgia State University on a Fulbright research scholarship.

Pohjaoisoaho is studying American bands at Georgia State University on a prestigious Fulbright research scholarship.

During his time with the MCoE Band, Pohjaoisoaho saw how American military bands rehearse, how we conduct day-to-day business, and he also observed a MCoE band performance at a military graduation ceremony.

According to Pohjaoisoaho, “The ceremonies here are very similar to those in Finland, but a little more entertaining”.

Pohjaoisoaho said he was able to get a lot of good ideas and he learned some useful strategies about big band operations that he will take back to Finland.

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