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TALLINN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY WIND BAND

BIOGRAPHY OF THE ORCHESTRA

Tallinn University of Technology Wind Band (TUT WB) was founded in 1950. Students who play in the TUT WB are of different ages and mainly come from different towns in Estonia. Also, a number of alumni of TUT, who have found work in Tallinn, still play in the WB. Though the players of TUT WB are mainly amateurs, the orchestra still makes music that everyone can enjoy, not just fanatics of wind instruments. TUT WB is the best university Wind Band in Estonia and has won a lot of awards in Estonian Wind Band contests.

WB can perform at various events: events related to the Tallinn University of Technology, opening ceremonies, balls, folk festivals, etc. Sometimes, we also tour in Estonian towns. A couple of times a year we give a full-length concert introducing our new repertoire.

WB is capable of performing different repertoire. Over times we have played spiritual, symphonic and dance music and we are continuing experimenting on very different spheres. Our band plays in churches, at our university events, folk festivals and in other places.

TUT WB has taken part in all Baltic Students´ Song Festivals and Estonian Song Festivals. During the concert tours we have been to Russia, Finland, Czech Republic, Sweden, Germany, Italy and Transcaucasia.

Today we have one conductor in TUT WB Tarmo Kivisilla (since 1995).

The mission of TUT WB is to give a possibility for amateur musicians to spend their spare time playing the instruments together and to keep and develop the Estonian wind music traditions.

CURRICULUM OF THE CONDUCTOR TARMO KIVISILLA

Tarmo Kivisilla graduated from Tallinn University in 1994 as a music teacher and a wind band conductor. Since 1995 he has been working as a conductor of many different wind bands all over Estonia, has taken part in numerous music projects and recorded a lot of Estonian folk music. Currently, in addition of being one of the conductors of Tallinn University of Technology Wind Band, he is a lecturer of folk music in the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.