Enter Pentti “Pepe” Jalonen, the founder of the Youth Band, known by the townsfolk and revered by the players. The Rauma Youth band was at his tender mercies for almost half a decade before he literally passed the baton in 1995. Hundreds of aspiring young musicians played in the Band during his time as the chief conductor, some of whom have now become professionals playing in the top orchestras of Finland and Europe. Hardly replaced and certainly not forgotten, Pentti Jalonen, 86 years old, continues as the supreme overseer of the Rauma Youth Band. “Pepe” attends the traditional May Day march every year, and conducts the opening piece of the annual concert held near the anniversary of his birthday.