Show Band Concert Newsletter

Current Newsletter / The Show Band's December 19th 2016 Concert
Posted on December 6th, 2016

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

TO: Our Show Band Family
FROM: Your Show Band Director
WHAT'S UP? Ringing in the Holidays
WHERE? Gardiner Spring Auditorium
WHEN? Monday, December 19, 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 Christmas concert titled "Ringing in the Holidays" on Monday, December 19, 2016 at historic Gardiner Spring Auditorium located on the campus of Chaffey High School, 1245 N. Euclid Ave. Ontario.  The program will be narrated by David Allen and Alan Wapner.  Early concert goers are invited to come at 7:00 p.m. and enjoy complimentary cookies, Starbucks coffee, and pre-concert entertainment provided by The Woodwind Celebration and Jaeger Family Brass Ensemble.  The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and is FREE to the public.

The performance will feature guest conductor and musician Martene Craig, the ARISE Joy Ringers, solo cellist Matthew Keating, the Show Band Flute Section, Chris McAleer, Taunia Falasca, Thomas Hill, a special visitor from the North Pole, and the outstanding musicians of the Ontario Chaffey Community Show Band.  The program is highlighted by popular holiday songs and carols, original holiday works by J. Abelardo Flores and Gabe Petrocelli, and audience participation with several sing a-long carols.  The repertoire includes "Ringing in the Holidays" by Flores, "Carol of the Bells," and "Christmas Bells Overture" featuring the ARISE Joy Ringers, "Sing Unto God" and "The First Noel" with solo cellist Matthew Keating, "Danse des Mirlitons" from "The Nutcracker" featuring the Show Band flute section, "'Twas The Night Before Christmas" narrated by Chris McAleer with original music by Dr. Petrocelli, and an array of exciting holiday music.

E. Martene Craig, Executive Director and Founder of ARISE (Arts in Service), received her music education at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music in Berea, Ohio.  She is also a graduate of California State University at Fullerton and Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, and is ordained by the Evangelical Church Alliance.

ARISE Joy Ringers is a group of talented and innovative bell ringers from several churches in the Inland Empire.  Their repertoire includes a variety of spirituals, hymns, and gospel songs, as well as folk and show tunes, patriotic, and seasonal music.  They perform at civic functions, retirement homes, service clubs, hospitals, shopping malls, prisons, military bases, parks, churches, and wherever the door is opened.

Matthew Keating began cello studies as a young student at the Claremont Community School of Music.  After high school, he graduated with a B.M. in Performance from California State University Northridge and then attended the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Trossingen in Germany.

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,