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Current Newsletter / The Show Band's 2014 Christmas Concert

Posted on December 4th, 2014

Dr. Gabe Petrocelli, Director

TO: Our Show Band Family
FROM: Your Show Band Director
WHAT'S UP? Ringing in the Holidays
WHERE? Main Ballroom of the Ontario Convention Center
WHEN? Monday, December 15, 2014
WHAT TIME? 7:30 pm Sharp
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? $0000000000.00

Dear Friends and Music Lovers,

The Ontario Convention Center, City of Ontario, and Ontario Chaffey Community Show Band are proud to present “Ringing in the Holidays.”  This special performance is scheduled for Monday December 15, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Ballroom of the Ontario Convention Center, 2000 E. Convention Center Way in Ontario.  Admission to the concert and parking are FREE to the public. Pre-concert performances by the Yeager Brass Family Brass Ensemble and Woodwind Celebration will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the lobby outside the main ballroom.  Complimentary Starbucks Coffee and refreshments will be provided before the performance.

The musical celebration will highlight the outstanding musicians of the Show Band and feature talented vocal soloists Sheila Ruff, Brian Detwiler, Beth Mendoza, and the Show Band’s own Chris McAleer.  Instrumental soloists include Show Band trombonist Mike Valentine and guest artist, cellist Matthew Keating.

The Show Band will open the program with “A Christmas Festival,” a piece written by the famous American composer Leroy Anderson.  Originally composed for orchestra, “A Christmas Festival” was completed in June 1950 and first performed later that month by the Boston Pops Orchestra under the baton of Arthur Fiedler.  In addition, the band will be featured on a special Show Band arrangement of “Carol of the Bells,” and Tchaikovsky’s famous Christmas composition “The Nutcracker Suite.”  Although the ballet “The Nutcracker” was not very successful, the melodies that the composer extracted from the work and compiled into “The Nutcracker Suite” became extremely popular.  To this day, it continues to be widely performed during the Christmas holiday season.

Talented vocalist Beth Mendoza will sing “Mary Did You Know,” a contemporary Christmas song, “We Need a Little Christmas” from the 1966 Broadway musical “Mame,” and the timeless carol “What Child is This.”  The well-known melody was derived from the old English folk song “Greensleeves.”  In 1865, Chatterton Dix wrote lyrics to the song and transformed it into a Christmas carol.

“The Christmas Song,” commonly subtitled “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” or, as it was originally subtitled, “Merry Christmas to You,” is a classic Christmas song written in 1944 by Bob Wells and Mel Tormé.  Mike Valentine will perform the song on trombone in a special arrangement of this popular holiday tune.

Brian Detwiler has been a frequent soloist with the Show Band over the past decade.  Brian will be featured on two of the most famous melodies heard during the Christmas holidays, “O Holy Night” and Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas.”

Vocalist Sheila Ruff has been featured with the Show Band in many concerts during the last several years.  She will share her talents in “I'll Be Home for Christmas,” a Christmas song recorded in 1943 by Bing Crosby who scored a top ten hit with the song.  Originally written to honor soldiers overseas who have longed to be home for Christmas, “I'll Be Home for Christmas” has since gone on to become a Christmas standard.  Sheila will also sing a medley of Italian Christmas carols entitled “Tu Scendi Dalle Stelle/Gesu Bambino.”

No Christmas holiday would be complete without a sing-a-long.  Show Band clarinetist and vocalist Chris McAleer will lead the audience in a medley of popular Christmas songs that include “Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Jingle Bells,” “Here Comes Santa Claus,” and “Angels We Have Heard on High.”  During the medley, a special visitor from the North Pole is expected to appear.  Chris will also narrate Clement Moore’s famous 19th Century Christmas narrative “Twas the Night Before Christmas” with original music composed by Dr. Petrocelli.

Matthew Keating is the Director of the Claremont Community School of Music and also an accomplished musician.  He will perform on the cello the beautiful holiday melody “Ave Maria.”  This particular version was composed in 1825 by the famous German composer Franz Schubert and has been arranged especially for Mr. Keating and the Show Band.

The holiday concert will also include “Silent Night” with audience participation and conclude with “The Bandmaster” in memory of Show Band founder Maestro Jack Mercer.

Complimentary Starbucks Coffee and refreshments will once again be furnishing before the show and the Convention Center’s concession stand will have refreshments available for purchase during intermission.  This concert will be broadcast on local Ontario cable Channel 3.  Check your cable listings for the date and time.

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


The Ontario Chaffey Community Show Band is supported primarily by the City of Ontario, Chaffey Adult School, “Friends of the Ontario Chaffey Community Show Band,” and donations from the public.  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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