Sivuääni: the Medical Orchestra of Tampere, Finland!
Musica medicinalis est et mirabilia operatur ... Music is like a medicine; it can work wonders ...

Tampere's Sivuššni Medical Orchestra was founded in 1977 by doctors at the Tampere University Medical School and Central Hospital, in the tradition of similar bands in other Finnish medical schools. Sivuššni is the leading medical wind band in Finland. There are 16-24 regular players, including several founding members, who are supplemented on special occasions by former players whose work has taken them elsewhere. Skill levels are intermediate to advanced, with enthusiasm a characteristic of all.

Sivuääni is a wind band, comprised primarily of saxophones, clarinets, flutes, trumpets, horns, euphoniums, trombones, tubas and drums; with other instruments per occasion. Most players have a medical connection, as professors, doctors, researchers, hospital administrators, medical text editors, nurses and lab technicians; but all musicians are welcome to play in Sivuääni.

Sivuääni plays a wide variety of dance, rhythmic, and festive music, as relevant to the occasion. Most performances are connected with medical-oriented events, with playlists having included dedication music for new hospital facilities, ceremonial selections for graduation ceremonies, welcoming and dance music for conference openings and banquets, and special playlists for other occasions. The band also performs in summer concerts, music festivals, and other events in Finland and abroad. There is a mid-August band camp for recreation and preparation of the new autumn season.

Sivuääni rehearses on Wednesdays from 18-20 in the Arvo building of the University Medical School. We are always looking for new players! If you are interested, e-mail Secretary Markku Uusitalo at Markku.V.T.Uusitalo [at] Welcome!

What Does 'Sivuääni' Mean?

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Sivuääni whole-family summer camp in the late 1970s, led by Tapio Vayrynen and his 'tahdistin', or 'pacemaker'!

In Finnish, 'sivuääni' means 'murmur' [such as a 'heart murmur']; metaphorically it refers to a wide variety of rhythmic sounds. It connotes well the musical avocations of many Tampere medical professionals. Humor is always present: in our founding years, before a director was employed, the Sivuääni 'beat' was regulated by tubist Tapio Vayrynen and his foot-operated 'pacemaker' ['tahdistin'], now part of the band's lore.

More recently, conductors have included the legendary Tampere musicians Mikko Marttila and Matti Prepula, as well as advanced students from Music Conservatories in Tampere and elsewhere in Finland.

For further information (in Finnish) on the Sivuääni history, schedule of events, current players, and photo/sound gallery, click on our History, Current Players, Schedule of Events, and Photos, Videos and Recordings Gallery links!

And of course, if you would like to have Sivuääni play at your events, just click here to book us!


Back to the Sivuääni Opening Page [in Finnish/suomeksi]

Contact Information:
Sivuaani [at];
Chair and Contact Liaison: Juhani.Pukander [at];
Secretary and Treasurer: Markku.V.T.Uusitalo [at]

The Sivuääni web pages are administered by Hopkins Consulting.
This page was last modified on 14 August 2023