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The Admiralty Navy Band of the Leningrad Naval Base (Russian: Адмиралтейский оркестр Ленинградской военно-морской базы) is a Russian military band based in Saint Petersburg. It was founded early in the 18th century about the same time as the Russian Navy itself. The band's chief conductor and director of music is Captain 3rd rank Valentin Lyashenko, who leads the band under the instruction of the Military Band Service of the Armed Forces of Russia.

Admiralty Navy Band of Russia
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Admiralty Navy Band of Russia in June 2010
Background information
Native name
Адмиралтейский оркестр России
Also known asAdmiralty Band of the Leningrad Naval Base
OriginSaint Petersburg, Russia
Years active1703; 316 years ago (1703)
LabelsRussian Lira
Associated actsCentral Navy Band of Russia
Special Exemplary Military Band of the Guard of Honor Battalion of Russia
WebsiteАдмиралтейский оркестр
MembersGrigory Velko
Past membersCaptain Alexei Karabanov

The band has toured Europe and performed for visiting heads of state. It has also had a number of guest conductors, both military and civilian. William Malambri, a music professor at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina, U.S.A., served as guest conductor of the Admiralty Navy Band for a concert in 2004 at Shostakovich Hall.[1]


Principal ConductorsEdit

  • G. Stepanov (1938-1939)
  • S. Rotmil (1939-1940)
  • A. Tsvetkov (1940-1949)
  • S. Polyansky (1950-1959)
  • V. Barsegyan (1960-1975)
  • M. Borzhkov (1976-1977)
  • N. Idzon (1978-1984)
  • Alexei Karabanov (1985–2008)
  • Valentin Lyashchenko (since September 2008)


  • 50 Years of Victory (1995)
  • Music of Our Victory (1995)
  • Leningrad Reminiscences (1998)
  • Under the Sign of the Eagle (2000)
  • Music of the Russian Imperial Guard - Vol. 1 (2000)
  • Music of the Russian Imperial Guard - Vol. 2 (2005)
  • Music of Russian Glory (2005)

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