World renowned rock band Trans-Siberian Orchestra is kicking off their winter tour right here in the Mahoning Valley.
Before they rock out the Covelli Centre on Thursday, members of TSO paid a special visit to Boardman High School on Wednesday and left a lasting impression on a new generation of rock and rollers.
"This was a great experience today to come here and hang out with the band at the school and a lot of young talented kids in there," said Russell Allen, a vocalist for TSO.
The group dropped in on a rehearsal for Boardman's Project Mayhem, a rock orchestra the school started eleven years ago.
Mayhem was inspired by the sound of TSO.
"For a few, it might be life changing to meet the folks that are their hero's so to speak when it comes to this type of music making," said Boardman orchestra instructor Bill Amendol.
With TSO members taking video of the rehearsal on their cell phones, it was the students who got to feel like rock stars.
"It was so cool, I got really nervous to play, I didn't want to look like a fool of myself in front of their guitarist," said Boardman junior Reese Maslen.
TSO vocalist Russ Allen even grabbed the mic for an impromptu performance.
"I thought it was amazing how he didn't have to warm up at all, he just went in, shredded the whole entire song and I guess carry on is one of those standards that a lot of rock musicians know, but regardless it was just so cool that he could even come in and absolutely nail it, it was so cool," said Maslen.
"It's getting these young kids excited about what they're doing and having a chance to share with them our experiences as professionals. I think this is something that hopefully they will never forget and they can take what we talked about today and take that to the next level for them," said Allen.
The students said the visit was extremely inspirational.
"Seeing them be here, it makes you want to work harder because you want to be as good as these people," said Maslen.
No one's quite sure how TSO found out about Mayhem but they did and along with Wednesday's meet and greet, TSO also gave them tickets to their show on Thursday.