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Current Newsletter / The Show Band's May 11th 2015 Concert *with MAP*

Posted on April 26th, 2015

Dr. Gabe Petrocelli, Director
R. Jack Mercer, Founder

TO: Our Show Band Family
FROM: Your Show Band Director
WHAT'S UP? Music From Around The World
WHERE? Old Town Square Band Shell
WHEN? Monday, May 11, 2015
WHAT TIME? 7:30 pm Sharp
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? $0000000000.00

Dear Friends and Music Lovers,

The Ontario/Chaffey Community Show Band is proud to present an outdoor concert titled "Music From Around the World" on Monday May 11th, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in the Old Town Square Band Shell located east of Euclid Avenue on the corner of "B" Street and Lemon in downtown Ontario (see map below).  Some seating will be provided on the grass area in front of the band shell.  However, it is recommended that concert goers bring their own lawn chairs.  Come early and sample the complimentary Starbucks coffee and cookies that will be provided.  Admission to the concert is FREE.

The Show Band will take their audience on a musical journey with an exciting repertoire of music that highlights many far away and exotic places around the globe.  Featured on the concert are the outstanding musicians of the Ontario/Chaffey Community Show Band and an array of talented soloists that include vocalist Joe Kolmel, Show Band vocalists and musicians Chris McAleer and Taunia Falasca, and Show Band musician and dancer Kathy Soderlund.

Vocal guest artist Joe Kolmel has performed with the Show Band and returns for this special outdoor performance.  He trained as a singer and performed in operas such as "Cosi Fan Tutti" and "La Boheme."  Joe will sing "Around the World in Eighty Days," the title song from the 1956 movie of the same name.  He will be featured also in a medley of famous Irish melodies that include "When Irish Eyes are Smiling" and "Danny Boy."

Show Band concertmaster and vocalist Chris McAleer will honor our neighbor to the south with a medley of well-known tunes entitled "Mexican Folk Song Suite" and the Latin standard "Besame Mucho."  Also, Chris will take everyone on a tour to Jamaica, the intriguing island in the Caribbean, with the delightful song "Montego Bay."

Taunia Falasca plays in the Show Band trumpet section and is also an extremely talented singer.  She will be featured on a medley of French melodies entitled "Vive le France"  that include "C'est si bon," "Le Vie en rose," and "Autumn Leaves."

Show Band saxophonist and dancer Kathy Soderlund has been featured on the Show Band stage in numerous concerts as a solo dancer.  She is a student of Spanish dance and has become an expert in the art form.  Kathy will entertain the audience by dancing to her own choreography in two well-known Cuban songs; "Malagueña" written in 1928 by Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona and "Quizas, Quizas, Quizas" written by Cuban composer Osvaldo Farres in 1947.

The Show Band will perform a medley celebrating the music of Italy that includes "Funiculi Funicula," "Ritorno a Sorrento," "Volare," and several other Italian favorites.  In addition, the Show Band will play several selections that honor our homeland, including “A Tribute to Stephen Foster” conducted by Show Band baritone horn player Brent Decker and "The Bandmaster" in memory of Show Band founder Maestro Jack Mercer.

Join us for a great night of music while having a hot cup of FREE STARBUCKS COFFEE, and put some green stuff in the Hungry Tuba.  We will also have many of our DVD's available for a small donation.  This concert will be broadcast on local Ontario cable Channel 3.  Check your cable listings for the date and time.

Visit the website for the Old Town Square at

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The Ontario Chaffey Community Show Band is under the direction of Dr. Gabe Petrocelli and assistant director David Schaafsma.  For additional information regarding this performance or the Show Band's upcoming concert season, please check our website at


The community can also help support the Ontario Chaffey Community Show Band by becoming a patron of The Friends of the Ontario Chaffey Community Show Band Concert Society for $25.  Become a Bronze Baton donor for $50-$100; Steel Baton $150-$200; Silver Baton $250; Gold Baton $500; Platinum Baton $1,000 and Diamond Baton $2,500.  Individuals or businesses may also become a Show Sponsor for $5,000.  For more information on sponsoring a show, contact director Dr. Gabe Petrocelli at  All Donor names will be included on every program and our website for the entire concert season.  Baton and Show Sponsors will also receive complementary DVDs of each performance.  The Friends of the Ontario Chaffey Community Show Band is a registered charity under Internal Revenue Code Section 501 C (3).


Your Show Band Director,

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