After two years the question of who will strike up the band is finally answered. Action News 24 would like to say congratulations to the brand new Erie Philharmonic conductor Daniel Meyer. Saturday night’s celebrity revelation brought out about 250 Philharmonic enthusiasts to a gala on a country estate in Fairview. They waited in eager anticipation for the big announcement. Guests paid $125 a ticket and were treated to valet parking, appetizers, wine and live music by the Junior Erie Philharmonic. A search committee made up of five musicians and five community members narrowed the field down from 220 applicants to the 5 final contestants all whom had superior musical resumes. Each finalist came to Erie to conduct a show. Officials said they were looking for someone who was enthusiastic, a great performer, and could handle the many different genres of music the Erie Philharmonic is famous for from jazz to pop standards to classical favorites. The new baton holder, Daniel Meyer, is currently the resident conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He shares his feelings on the new job. "I am deeply honored to be named the next music director of the Erie Philharmonic. I take this role very seriously. I take this role with a lot of humility and a lot of respect for all the wonderful music making that has gone before me and all the wonderful music making that will happen with me and beyond. " Daniel Meyer will conduct his first show on September 8th at the Heritage Festival.