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Current Newsletter / The Show Band's December 2015 Concert

Posted on November 27th, 2015

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

TO: Our Show Band Family
FROM: Your Show Band Director
WHAT'S UP? A Holiday Extravaganza
WHERE? Main Ballroom at the Ontario Convention Center
WHEN? Monday, December 14, 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, City of Ontario, and Ontario Convention Center are proud to present “A Holiday Extravaganza” on Monday December 14, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Ballroom of the beautiful Ontario Convention Center.  The center is located at 2000 E. Convention Center Way in Ontario.  Early birds are invited to come at 7:00 p.m. to enjoy complimentary cookies, Starbucks coffee and listen to the pre-concert music of the "Woodwind Celebration" and "Jaeger Family Brass Ensemble."  Admission to the concert and parking are FREE to the public.

The outstanding musicians of the Ontario Chaffey Community Show Band are highlighted in an evening of festive music designed to usher in the holidays.  The audience will be entertained with a number of exciting and uplifting pieces that celebrate the spirit of the season.  The performance will begin with several medleys of well-known carols that feature audience participation and include a special visitor from the North Pole.  The Show Band repertoire is highlighted by a number of special selections such as Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride," the popular holiday favorite "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," and the powerful "Hallelujah" chorus from Handel's "Messiah."

The concert also features a trio of talented vocal soloists.  Show Band Concertmaster Chris McAleer is an outstanding clarinetist and has been a member of the Ontario Chaffey Community Show Band since 1998.  In addition to her instrumental skills, Chris is an accomplished vocalist.  She will sing and lead the audience in a sing-along medley of popular Christmas carols and again with "Silent Night" at the end of the performance.  Chris also will be the featured vocalist in the beautiful carol "Mary, Did You Know."

Show Band musician and vocalist Taunia Falasca will share her unique talents in several well-known holiday melodies "Grown Up Christmas List" and a jazzy arrangement of "Winter Wonderland."  In addition, she will perform with a vocal trio in "A Soulful Christmas," a medley of Christmas tunes popularized several years ago by Mariah Carey.

Bethany Encina is the Director of Choral Music at Los Osos High School.  Her position is a homecoming-back to the school where she attended and graduated.  She is an excellent music educator and also a outstanding vocal soloist.  Bethany will be featured in two timeless holiday classics "What Child Is This" and the beautiful "O Holy Night."  She will also sing "He Shall Feed His Flock" from the "Messiah."

Join us for a great night of music.  The Convention Center’s concession stand will have refreshments available for purchase during intermission, and once again, complimentary cookies and Starbucks Coffee will be furnishing before the show.  While you're at it, put some green stuff in the Hungry Tuba.  This concert will be broadcast on local Ontario cable Channel 3.  Check your cable listings for the date and time.

Concert goers interested in being included on the Show Band mailing list are encouraged to fill out an information card in the lobby.  Be sure to follow the Show Band on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and website at

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 $2,500.  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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