Hellenic Navy Band


The Hellenic Navy Band began its operation in April 1879, a fact confirmed by newspaper reports that a band was formed on the warship ‘’HELLAS’’ consisting of 35 musicians.

In October 1879, the newly built cruiser ‘’ADMIRAL MIAOULIS’’ arrived in Greece, resulting in the coexistence of two music departments on warships.

It is worth mentioning the first trip of Band abroad that took place in Malta, in November 1879. There, the Band on the ship ‘’HELLAS’’ held a concert in the central square of Valletta, receiving very positive comments.

An important milestone in its history constituted its participation in the first modern Olympic Games held in Athens in 1896.

During the Greco-Turkish War of 1897, the Band followed the fleet aboard the Battleship ‘’PSARA’’.

In 1911, the Band settled in the Armored Cruiser “GEORGIOS AVEROF”, upon its acquisition. Since then, the history of the Band has been inextricably linked to the glorious history of ‘’AVEROF’’ for a long time. During the Balkan wars (1912-1913) and the operations of the period 1919-1922, the Hellenic Navy Band aboard “AVEROF” followed the Fleet and with its presence encouraged and entertained the crews and the populations of the areas where the Fleet was active.

In 1926, the Hellenic Navy Band, the first of all the Greek military Bands, presented in its official performances a Drum Major of European standards, who directed and gave orders under the instructions of the Conductor. That same year, the band once again pioneered by presenting precision formations, following the standards of European Military Musicians. Its innovations continued in 1934, with the acquisition of a goat as a “mascot”, which followed the Band in its performances “dressed” in a naval uniform.

In April 1941, after the collapse of the Front, the Music of “AVEROF” followed the emigration of the Fleet to the Middle East, participating in the adventurous escape of the legendary “AVEROF”.

Among other things, its participation in the opening ceremony of the Athens Olympic Games in 2004, as well as in the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics held at the Panathenaic Stadium in 2011, was notable. So far the HN Band has performed in many parts of Greece as well as in the United States of America, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Korea, Sweden, Belgium, Poland, Malta, Egypt, Russia, Bulgaria and Montenegro. The Band also participated in television shows and cinema movies.


The Hellenic Navy Band fulfills the requirements for participation in official ceremonies (e.g. honoring entitled persons or symbols) and/or in ceremonial, cultural and entertainment events, both domestic and abroad.

Biography of the Conductor of the Hellenic Navy Band

Lieutenant Commander Antonios Karagoudakis HN

He was born in Nerofraktis, Drama in 1971. He began his musical studies in the philharmonic of his village at the age of 12 as a trumpet player and then as a clarinet player. Later, he continued his studies at the Conservatory of Drama until his enlistment as a Volunteer Sailor in the Hellenic Navy Band on May 29, 1989. He holds a degree in Wind Instrumentation and Band Conducting (2006) with a grade of “Excellent” from the Olympic Conservatory. He served as a permanent Petty Officer musician in the Music Departments of the Fleet Headquarters (1989–1992), Naval Training Command (1992–2004) and Souda Naval Base (2004–2008).

Since then, he has been serving in the Main Music Department of the Hellenic Navy. He was Head of the HN Light Orchestra from 1999 to 2004. During his career, he successfully attended all NCO and Officer schools, as well as the ΗN music schools provided for his grades. On July 27, 2009, he was promoted to Ensign, on December 31, 2013 to Lieutenant Junior Grade Conductor and on November 29, 2015 to Lieutenant. During this period, he was the Head of the Department of the Hellenic Navy Band. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander on September 19, 2019 (considered since May 29, 2019). On October 7, 2019, he assumed the duties of Department Head of the Hellenic Navy Band and Conductor of the Hellenic Navy Band.

The Conductors of the Hellenic Navy

The Hellenic Navy Band was staffed by remarkable musicians. Some of them took over the leadership with great success, after acquiring the necessary qualifications.

The former Conductors – Heads of Music Departments of the Hellenic Navy are listed in chronological order:

  1. Senior Conductor Angelos Kalamas (1881-1909)
  2. Senior Conductor Michail Spinelis (1909-1927)
  3. Lieutenant Commander Petros Karydis (1927-1935)
  4. Lieutenant Commander Gerasimos Fren (1935-1935)
  5. Lieutenant Commander Gerasimos Fren and Lieutenant Commander Stavros Kagkelaris (1936-1940)
  6. Lieutenant Commander Gerasimos Fren (1940-1941)
  7. Lieutenant Commander Stavros Kagkelaris (1941-1945)
  8. Lieutenant Commander Gerasimos Fren (1945-1950)
  9. Lieutenant Commander Spyridon Argalias (1950-1959)
  10. Lieutenant Commander Spyridon Belonis (1959-1965)
  11. Lieutenant Commander Ioannis Xenos (1965-1967)
  12. Lieutenant Commander Dimitrios Selakis (1967-1971)
  13. Lieutenant Antonios Zervos (1971-1983)
  14. Commander Alexandros Priftis (1983-1985)
  15. Captain Georgios Kyladinos (1985-1987)
  16. Commander Argyris Papadopoulos (1987-1988)
  17. Commander Spyridon Koskinas (1988-1991)
  18. Captain Georgios Laskaris (1991-1998)
  19. Captain Alexandros Pavlakos (1998-2003)
  20. Commander Konstantinos Katopodis (2003-2006)
  21. Commander Gerasimos Vasilakis (2006-2010)
  22. Lieutenant Commander Georgios Tsilimparis (2010-2019)
  23. Lieutenant Commander Antonios Karagoudakis (2019-present)