The Band of the Lieutenant General Valery Khalilov Moscow Military Music College of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation
Colonel Aleksandr Gerasimov, Head and Artistic Director of the College, Honored Artist of Russia.
Instructors Mikhail Melnik, Kirill Cherchik, Conductors of the Band.
The history of the college dates back to 1937 when the Second Moscow School of Military Musicians
of the Red Army was established. In 1956 the school got the name of the Moscow Suvorov Military Music
College. Since then its students have been referred to as the Suvorov cadets. Many of the college
graduates (that is over 3,000 musicians) have gone on to become
The Band of the Moscow Military Music College named after Lieutenant General Valery Khalilov performs at the leading concert venues across the country, including the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, the Moscow International House of Music and the State Kremlin Palace. It takes part in major state official events and military ceremonies, participates in international music festivals and may be often seen at the best stages all over Europe. Since 1940 the drummer unit of the band has had the honor of opening the Victory Parade on Red Square.
The band’s repertoire is very diverse featuring traditional military marches and classical compositions as well as jazz and popular music pieces by Russian and foreign authors.