Well, last night was a big night for me. I conducted the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony in the premiere performance of a piece I wrote last spring called: "A Spirit from the Past". It was a real thrill to walk to the podium where some of the world's most renowned conductors stood. Franz Welser-Möst, Christoph von Dohnányi, and George Szell just to name a few. My dressing room was across the hall from Bill Preucil's room (concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra).
The performance was fantastic. My piece was not by far the hardest one on their program. They played Alford's "The Army of the Nile", Hazo's "Exultate" and Gillingham's "Sails of Time" to name a few. The group is comprised of the best high school student musician's from about 80 northeast Ohio high schools. There are 128 players in CYWS I who performed my piece. They have a CYWS II which also performed and it has as many players.
I wish you all could have been there. They did have a recording made and will be pressing CDs. When I get a CD, I will be glad to post an mp3 of my piece, along with the GPO version if anyone is interested.