Show Band Concert Newsletter

Current Newsletter / The Show Band's February 13th 2017 Concert
Posted on January 30th, 2017

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

TO: Our Show Band Family
FROM: Your Show Band Director
WHAT'S UP? Happy Valentine's Day
WHERE? Gardiner Spring Auditorium
WHEN? Monday, February 13, 2017
WHAT TIME? 7:30 pm Sharp
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? $0000000000.00

Dear Friends and Music Lovers,

The Ontario/Chaffey Community Show Band and the Chet Jaeger Family invite you to a "Happy Valentine's Day" concert on Monday February 13th, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in historic Gardiner Spring Auditorium located on the campus of Chaffey High School at 1245 N. Euclid Ave. in Ontario.  Early concert goers are invited to come at 7:00 p.m. to enjoy complimentary cookies, Starbucks coffee and pre-concert entertainment provided by "The Woodwind Celebration."  Admission to the concert is FREE.

The concert will feature local legendary cornetist Chet Jaeger, leader of the "Night Blooming Jazzmen" dixieland combo; vocalists Brian Detwiler and Rudy Diaz, Show Band musicians Francisco Mowatt, Lowell Stark and Larry Cariato, musician/singers Chris McAleer and Taunia Falasca, and the outstanding musicians of the Show Band.  The program highlights a collection of love songs, old and new, and will provide a great prelude to Valentine's Day.

Chet Jaeger started playing the cornet in 1937.  He performed in high school bands and put his first jazz band together in 1941.  Chet played in the Pomona College marching band and carried his horn with him during a three-year stint in the Army Air Corps.  In fact, he met his wife-to-be, Eileen, while playing in the USO.  They were married in 1946 and have been together 70 years.  Among their five children and 14 grand children are included a host of musicians.  Chet will perform with Show Band musician/vocalist Chris McAleer "My Funny Valentine" and "Bill Bailey Won't You Please Come Home."

The concert also features baritone vocalist Brian Detwiler, no stranger to the Show Band stage. Brian will sing three love songs, "The Way You Look Tonight," "Love Is a Many Splendored Thing," and "You're the Meaning of My Life," an original song by Gabe Petrocelli.  Rudy Diaz will perform the Gershwin Brothers' classic "Embraceable You" and the Show Band will premiere an original song written by saxophonist Francisco Mowatt.  Lowell Stark will take concert goers back to the 1940's and the Tommy Dorsey Band with his rendition of "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" and Larry Cariato will brush off Maestro Jack Mercer's trumpet in "You Made Me Love You."  Exciting vocalist Taunia Falasca will perform "Almost Like Being in Love," "Lush Life," "Somebody To Love" and will team up with Show Band Concertmaster/vocalist Chris McAleer in "Sisters."  Chris will be also featured on "You'll Never Know" and "Love and Marriage."

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,