Show Band Concert Newsletter

Current Newsletter / The Show Band's March 11th Concert
Posted on March 6th, 2019

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

TO: Our Show Band Family
FROM: Your Band Director
WHAT'S UP? The Show Band's Greatest Hits
WHERE? Merton Hill Auditorium
WHEN? Monday, March 11, 2019
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 "The Show Band's Greatest Hits" on Monday, March 11, 2019 in Merton Hill Auditorium, located on the campus of Chaffey High School, on the corner of N. Euclid Ave. and Fifth Street in Ontario.  Early concert goers are invited to come at 7:00 p.m. to hear "The Woodwind Celebration," an ensemble of musicians from the Show Band.  Complimentary cookies and Starbucks coffee will be served in the lobby.  The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and is FREE to the public.

The concert program was selected by the musicians of the Show Band as their favorite pieces from the last several years, making it a diverse collection with a wide array of musical styles.  The performance will be narrated by the President of the Friends of the OCCSB Gary Ovitt, and Chaffey District Director Susan Petrocelli.

Featured solo artists include vocalist Brian Detwiler who will sing "Moon River" and "Born Free."  Concertmaster/Vocalist Chris McAleer will sing the timeless ballad form the "Wizard of Oz" entitled "Over the Rainbow" and "Montego Bay," an original song composed by Show Band Director Gabe Petrocelli.  Show Band musician Tom Hill will sing the ever popular Elvis Presley hit "Jailhouse Rock."  Solo trumpeter Larry Cariato will be featured on "A Farewell to Our Maestro," a tribute to Maestro Jack Mercer.  Show Band musician and dancer Kathy Soderlund will add some beauty and grace to the performance by dancing to several pieces, "Tango e Cancione" with solo trumpeter Mike Pfister, and a Mexican March entitled "Amparito Roca."  The outstanding musicians of the Ontario Chaffey Community Show Band are featured in selections from "Victory at Sea," "America the Beautiful," "The Stars and Stripes Forever," "The Magic of Andrew Webber," a medley of Rock and Roll songs entitled "Down Rock and Roll's Memory Lane," "Remembering Henry Mancini," and concert finale "The Bandmaster."

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 these performances or the rest of Show Band's upcoming concert season, please check our website at and follow the Show Band on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.

The community can 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 with assistant directors David Schaafsma and Pat Arnold.  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 Merton Hill Auditorium and at other venues throughout the community.  All performances are free to the public.

Your Band Director,