MIL-OSI Russia: Winners of the Review-Competition of Military Conductors Announced

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MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russian Federation –

16 conductors of military bands stationed in the territories of the Western, Southern, Central and Eastern military districts, as well as the Northern Fleet, took part in the competition. They were selected from among several dozen applicants by a special commission, which over the past two years traveled to the locations of military bands and checked the level of the conductors’ performance skills.

The contestants had to pass three tests: “Instrumentation for a military band”, “Management of a military band in the ranks” and “Methodology for rehearsal work with a military band.” In the first test, the participants had to present in the score a fragment of a given piece of music for the average composition of a brass band. In the second – to lead a military band on the parade ground with musical support for one of the five military rituals. In the third task – to demonstrate the skills of mastering the technique of rehearsal work with a military orchestra while preparing a piece of a concert repertoire selected during the drawing of lots.

The Orchestra of cadets of the Military Institute (military conductors) of the Military University (the head of the institute is Honored Worker of Culture of the Russian Federation, Colonel S. S. Vovk) and the Military Band of the Military University (military conductor Lt. Col. F.O.Samonin) were involved in the second test. In the third test, the conductors worked with the Central Military Orchestra of the Russian Ministry of Defense, a regular participant of the Spasskaya Tower Festival.

Based on the results of all three tests, the jury determined the best. The laureate of the 1st degree was the military conductor of the military orchestra of the 35th Red Banner Orders of Kutuzov and the Nevsky Missile Division Lieutenant Maxim Romanov, the laureate of the 2nd degree was the military conductor of the military orchestra of the 16th Separate Guards Brigade of Special Forces of the Guards Lieutenant Alexei Sus, laureate of the 3rd her degree – the military conductor of the military band of the 701st Center (logistics) of the Northern Fleet, Captain Denis Goldorf. The diploma-winners of the Review-Competition were announced the military conductor of the 26th Military Band of the Air Defense Forces, Senior Lieutenant Vladlen Babichev, the military conductor of the military band (Moscow garrison) of the 154th Preobrazhensky Separate Commandant Regiment, Senior Lieutenant Alexei Bozhedomov and the military conductor of the military band of the 200th Separate Brigade of the Motorized Wing Order of Kutrelukova Major Stanislav Trofimov of the 14th Army Corps of the Northern Fleet.

All participants of the Review-Competition received a commemorative sign “100 years of the Military Orchestral Service”, the book “Military Orchestral Service of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. 100 years ”and memorable gifts. The laureates of the Review Competition were honored to take part in a gala concert dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Military Orchestra Service of the RF Armed Forces and the 140th anniversary of Major General S.A. Chernetsky. It will take place on October 24 at the Central Academic Theater of the Russian Army.

The results of the Review-Competition were commented by the Chairman of the Jury, Head of the Military Orchestra Service of the RF Armed Forces – Chief Military Conductor, Honored Artist of the Russian Federation, Major General Timofey Mayakin: 1992 year. We held the current competition in a slightly different form, looked at all the components that a military conductor should master – how he knows how to do orchestration, work with an orchestra on the parade ground and during rehearsals. In general, the impression is positive, it is pleasant that many young conductors took part in the competition, that they strive to grow and improve. We will take note of all the participants, they will become our talent pool, which will open up great career prospects for military conductors. “

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