May 20, 2015 8:13 PM EDT

David Letterman’s band staged an extra warm welcome for his last Late Show entrance on Wednesday.

The legendary host entered the stage of his show for the final time to a thunderous chorus of notes. After running from one side of the stage to the other, Letterman delayed his entrance to the stage for an anticipation-building 15 seconds and was greeted by a seemingly endless note held by his band.

Forty-three seconds, to be exact, an amount of time that will push even the most capacious musical lungs to the limit.

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