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Current Newsletter / The Show Band's January 19th 2015 Concert

Posted on January 13th, 2015

Dr. Gabe Petrocelli, Director

TO: Our Show Band Family
FROM: Your Show Band Director
WHAT'S UP? Remembering the Swing Era
WHERE? Gardiner Spring Auditorium
WHEN? Monday, January 19, 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 returns home to Gardiner Spring Auditorium on Monday January 19, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. for its first concert of the new year.  The outstanding musicians of the Show Band will celebrate one of the most important periods in American music as it pays homage to many of the great bands from the swing era when it hosts "Remembering the Swing Era."  The program includes hits from the bands of Benny Goodman, Woody Herman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Glenn Miller, and others.  Pre-concert entertainment begins in the auditorium lobby at 7:00 p.m. with the "Woodwind Celebration."  Complimentary Starbucks coffee and refreshments will be provided until 7:20 p.m.  The auditorium is on the campus of Chaffey High School located at 1245 N. Euclid Ave in Ontario.  Admission to the concert is FREE.

The program will feature Jazz Saxophonist Steve Alaniz as well as an number of talented soloists from the Show Band.  Mr. Alaniz will be highlighted in a special arrangement of "Blue Flame," a blues tune that Woody Hermanís swing band recorded in 1939.  Steve also will display his marvelous Jazz improvisational skills in a number of other swing tunes throughout the program.

David Otero will play a pretty flute solo on one of Glenn Miller's signature songs, "Moonlight Serenade."  David is an excellent musician and will capture the famous Miller melody.  Taunia Falasca plays trumpet in the Show Band and is also an outstanding vocal soloist.  She will sing "Blues in the Night" made famous by the Artie Shaw Band, the beautiful ballad "Cry Me a River" recorded by Julie London and Barbra Streisand, and an original Jazz/swing tune "The ABC's of Love" composed by Gabe Petrocelli.

One of the famous bands from the swing era was led by trombonist Tommy Dorsey.  He is most well known for his beautiful rendition of "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You."  Show Band trombonist Lowell Stark will recreate the famous Dorsey solo in a special arrangement written for him by Dr. Petrocelli.

The Count Basie Band was well-known for its powerful driving swing style.  Show Band baritone player Tom Hill will emulate that style when he sings the well-known "Kansas City" one of the Basie Band's famous hits.  Show Band Clarinetist and vocal soloist Chris McAleer will be featured on "I'm Old Fashioned," a popular swing tune recorded in the 40's by vocal icons Ella Fitzgerald and Judy Garland.  Chris will also sing "Georgia On My Mind" which was arranged by former Show Band Assistant Director Bill Blanchard.  The Show Band will also perform several other Blanchard arrangements, "Way Down Yonder in New Orleans," Glen Miller's timeless swing number "In the Mood," and Duke Ellington's signature swing tune "Take the A Train."  Chris will also team up with Steve Alaniz as they play the part of Benny Goodman in his 1937 recording of "Sing, Sing, Sing."

The Show Band will be proud to recognize the four winners of the Lou Dokken Brass Scholarship.  The recipients are students who attend schools in the Ontario Montclair School District:  Kenneth Amador, Trumpet De Anza Middle School;  Adrian Barajas, French Horn Vernon Middle School;  Angel Moran, Trumpet De Anza Middle School;  and Xavier Ruiz, Trombone Vernon Middle School.  Each student will perform a short solo.

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.

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 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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