Show Band Concert Newsletter

Current Newsletter / The Show Band's October 17th 2016 Concert
Posted on October 6th, 2016

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

TO: Our Show Band Family
FROM: Your Show Band Director
WHAT'S UP? A Celebration of Hispanic Music
WHERE? Gardiner Spring Auditorium
WHEN? Monday, October 17, 2016
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 "A Celebration of Hispanic Music" on Monday, October 17, 2016 at historic Gardiner Spring Auditorium located on the campus of Chaffey High School, 1245 N. Euclid Ave. Ontario 91762.  The concert features special guest artists singer/songwriter Vicky Cabrera and renown percussionist Homero Chavez.  Additional soloists include singers Dr. George Matamala and Victor Garnica, and Show Band musician and dancer Kathy Soderlund.  Early concert goers are invited to come at 7:00 p.m. to hear "The Woodwind Celebration" clarinet ensemble and enjoy complimentary cookies and Starbucks coffee.  The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and is FREE to the public.

One of the most important elements of Hispanic music is its colorful diversity of style and interpretation.  The program will feature an exclusive repertoire of Latin music intended to showcase these elements.  Selections include a number of songs popularized by Mexican artists such as Pepe Aguilar and the late Juan Gabriel; familiar folk melodies; popular Latin tunes such as Besame Mucho, Malagueña, and Tequila; and several original songs written by Vivky Cabrera.  The performance will be highlighted by an array of guest artists and the outstanding musicians of the Show Band.  Concert goers are sure to be provided with a memorable evening of music and entertainment.

Vicky Cabrera was born in Ciudad Altamirano, Guerrero, Mexico, and discovered at a very early age her passion for singing.  As a teenager, she decided it was time to take her career to the next level and enrolled in the reputable Conservatorio Nacional de Música, where she studied opera for three years and developed the vocal skills she needed to reach her potential and become a unique Mexican talent.  She will perform two of her songs "Una Vez Mas" and "Viviras En Mi" during the concert and also pay tribute to the late Juan Gabriel by singing one of his hit songs "Abrazame Muy Fuerte."

Homero Chavez is a world renown drummer, percussionist, producer, band leader, and educator.  Homero currently teaches at Claremont’s Sycamore Elementary ASE program, Claremont Community School of Music, and at The Remo Recreation Music Center.  For more information, go to Homero's website:  On the Show Band concert, Homero will perform on a variety of Latin percussion instruments including the cajon and featured on "Los Amigos," an original composition written for him by Dr. Gabe Petrocelli.

Victor Garnica is an Assistant Principal at Montclair High School and has been involved with music his entire life.  In high school, he sang in the choir and was a member of the marching band.  He will sing two song hits written by his favorite Mexican artist Pepe Aguilar entitled "100 Anos" and "Escalve y Amo."  Dr. George Matamala is also an aficionado of Latin music.  When he takes a break from listening and singing music, he works as the Principal of Chaffey High School.  He will sing a popular Mexican song composed by the famous Mexican songwriter Augustine Lara entitled "Solamente Una Vez.  In addition, Dr. Matamala will team up with Ms. Elvia Rivas to serve as narrators for the concert.

Kathy Soderlund plays saxophone in the Show Band.  She is also an outstanding dancer who has entertained Show Band audiences for years with her exciting interpretations of Latin music.  She will grace and charm the Show Band stage by dancing to "Besame Mucho," "Passion," that also features her husband Ken Soderlund on solo guitar; and the timeless "Malagueña."

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.  For additional information regarding this performance or the Show Band's upcoming concert season, please check our website at and follow the Show Band on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.  Concert goers interested in being included on the Show Band mailing list are encouraged to fill out an information card in the auditorium lobby.


Last May, the Show Band also announced their first-ever fundraising campaign.  As they begin their 31st year and look ahead to building a lasting musical legacy for the community, they're reaching out to donors and supporters for help.  Providing free concerts for the community requires not only an investment of time and commitment from the musicians themselves, but there are also ongoing operational costs and a constant need for new equipment as well.

The Show Band has been performing free concerts for the community for thirty years and now it has become necessary to invest in new instruments, PA system, updated music library and more.  The Friends of the Ontario Chaffey Community Show Band has created a Go Fund Me online fundraising campaign to make contributions easy, safe, and tax-deductible.  You can also help by getting the word out and sharing the fundraiser with your online social circles.  To donate, please visit:

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); EIN # 46-1422958.  Checks may be made out to: Friends of the OCCSB, P/O Box 1512, Ontario, CA 91762.


The Ontario Chaffey Community Show Band was founded in 1985 by R. Jack Mercer and is now under the direction of Dr. Gabe Petrocelli and assistant director David Schaafsma.  Band members represent at least two dozen communities throughout Southern California.  Adult and student musicians are invited to participate.  No auditions! Rehearsals are held on Monday evenings from 7 to 9:00 p.m. at the Chaffey High School Jack Mercer Band Room.  The band performs monthly concerts in the historic Gardiner W. Spring Auditorium and at other venues throughout the community.  All performances are free to the public.

Your Show Band Director,