The Band of the Cultural Centre of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of the Interior of the Russian Federation for the Altai Krai
The Band of the Cultural Centre of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of the Interior of the Russian Federation for the Altai Krai was organized in May 1999. At that time, members of the military band of the Barnaul Higher Military Aviation School of Pilots formed the basis of the ensemble. Under the direction of its first conductor, police captain Ivan Pavlovich Sursyakov, the band has become a strong team of proficient musicians who in 2002 toured the entire Altai Krai with a concert program dedicated to the 200th anniversary of the Ministry of the Interior.
In 2003, the band was affiliated to the Cultural Centre under the Main Directorate of the Ministry of the Interior of the Russian Federation for the Altai Krai, which marked a new stage in the creative development of the band. Since 2007, the band is directed by Vladimir A. Lozin. The new conductor completely revised the repertoire of the band to include a rich variety of music and developed new directions in the work of the band. Also, the program content was tailored to include pieces of world classics.
The band has a busy concert schedule and actively interacts with other music groups in Barnaul. Members of the band perform successfully at musical competitions and festivals. In 2008, the Altai Dixieland Jazz Band took 1st place in the nomination “Instrumental music (bands and ensembles)” at the Shield and Lyre Festival of the Ministry of the Interior of Russia in Moscow. In 2010, the band performed at the festival that brought together the best bands of the Siberian Federal District entitled “Along the Main Street with the Orchestra”. In 2012, the band won the festival of law enforcement agencies entitled “Silver Tunes of Fanfares” in the city of Seversk, Tomsk region. In 2013, the Band of the Cultural Centre was recognized as winner of the Shield and Lyre Festival in the nomination “Instrumental music (bands and ensembles)” and the Altai Dixieland Jazz Band took 2nd place in the same nomination. In 2014, the band took 2nd place at the All-Russian festival of soldiers' song “For Faith! For the Fatherland! For Love!”.