I recall a hot humid evening in July, 1976...
As a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra trumpet section, I was honored to perform under the baton of Henry Mancini, world renowned film and television composer. As the maestro turned to acknowledge the thunderous applause of a sold out amphitheater and the orchestra prepared for the downbeat of "Peter Gunn," Mr. Mancini's lead and solo trumpeter invited me to play the upcoming solos in his stead. Little did I suspect that my performance would be the launching of an 18 year career with the master of melody.
For those next 18 years, I had the wonderful honor of performing and traveling with Henry wherever he performed. This association and friendship gave me the opportunity to perform as principal trumpet and soloist with many of the major symphonic orchestras in the United States, Canada, and abroad.
My life has been not only influenced by Henry's music, but enriched by our friendship of 18 years. We had magical moments both on and off the stage. His wry humor always made me laugh and I can still feel the warmth of his presence through his music.
- Cecil Welch
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