Introducing Sivuääni: the Medical Orchestra of Tampere, Finland!

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 medical orchestras in other Finnish university cities. Currently, there are about 15-20 regular players, including several founding members, who are supplemented on special occasions by former players whose work has taken them elsewhere. Skill levels are mainly intermediate to advanced, with enthusiasm a characteristic of all.

Sivuääni is a wind orchestra, comprised primarily of trumpets, trombones, euphoniums and horns; clarinets, flutes, and saxophones; tuba and drums; with vocalists and other instruments per occasion. Most players have a medical connection, including professors, doctors, researchers, consultants, students, hospital administrators, medical text editors, nurses and lab technicians; but there are also selected 'patients' to cover special needs.

Sivuääni plays a wide variety of dance and rhythmic music, as relevant to the occasion. Most performances are connected with local medical-oriented events, ranging from ceremonial music for Medical School graduation ceremonies, festive pieces for the dedications of new hospital facilities, background and dance music for Medical Society banquets and medical conference openings, weddings, major birthday celebrations, hospital staff and student parties, and similar other occasions. However, the band also performs regularly at Tampere City summertime outdoor 'park concerts', and has performed in public band events in Finland and abroad. A Sivuššni summer 'band camp' is held each year in mid-August for both recreation and preparation for the new autumn playlists.

Sivuääni rehearses on Wednesdays from 18-20 in the Arvo II building of the University Medical School. We are always looking for new players! If you are interested, just 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'!

The Finnish word 'sivuääni' means 'murmur' [as in 'heart murmur'], although metaphorically it can also refer to a variety of rhythmic sounds. It connotes well the musical avocations of many of Tampere's medical professionals. Humor is always a part of Sivuääni: in our founding years, before a director was employed, Sivuääni rhythms were regulated by tuba player 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 Photo 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 19 May 2019