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Current Newsletter / The Show Band's November 10th 2014 Veterans Concert

Posted on November 4th, 2014

Dr. Gabe Petrocelli, Director

TO: Our Show Band Family
FROM: Your Show Band Director
WHAT'S UP? A Celebration of Our Veterans and Thanksgiving
WHERE? Gardiner Spring Auditorium
WHEN? Monday, November 10, 2014
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 Ovitt Family are proud to present "A Celebration of Our Veterans and Thanksgiving" concert at Gardiner Spring Auditorium on Monday November 10, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.  The program will be divided into two parts, the first half will pay tribute to our veterans and second to the Thanksgiving holiday.  Military personnel from each branch of the armed forces will participate in saluting our veterans. Included will be a rifle salute and flag folding ceremony.  Guest conductor for the concert is Sue Ovitt, a member of the Chaffey School District Board of Trustees.  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 concert will begin with several Sousa marches.  The "Liberty Bell March" will be performed by the outstanding musicians of the Ontario Chaffey Community Show Band followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and Invocation.  Then, the second Sousa march "The Washington Post" will be played.  Show Band clarinetist and vocalist Chris McAleer will sing a medley of services songs that celebrates and honors the men and women of the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, and U.S. Air Force.  Following the musical tribute will be an outdoor rifle salute, Taps, and a folding of the American Flag ceremony.  The first half of the program will conclude with "The Navy Hymn" performed by the Show Band.

The second half of the program will feature the Show Band.  They will begin with a medley of two songs from the American Revolution, "Yankee Doodle" and "Chester."  "Yankee Doodle" is a Revolutionary War song originally sung by British military officers to mock the disheveled, disorganized colonial "Yankees."  It is believed that the tune comes from an English nursery rhyme Lucy Locket.  Show Band trombonist Bob Fox is the featured soloist and will play the melody on an "old" instrument called the serpent.  "Chester" was a patriotic anthem composed by William Billings in 1770 and sung during the American Revolutionary War.  "The Phantom Regiment" is a piece written by the famous American composer Leroy Anderson.  The Show Band will welcome Sue Ovitt to the podium in her debut as a concert band conductor.  The song "No Other Love" was composed by Richard Rodgers.  It was originally titled "Beneath the Southern Cross" and written for the NBC television series Victory at Sea in 1952.  When Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II collaborated on the Broadway musical Me and Juliet, Rodgers took his old melody and set it to new words by Hammerstein, producing the song "No Other Love."  The song has a tango rhythm and will feature Show Band Tenor Sax player and retired Chief Petty Officer Earl Phares.

The Show Band will pay tribute to one of America's most treasured holidays by performing several band selections based on hymns that have been popularized at Thanksgiving.  "The Light Eternal" was composed by James Swearingen and based on the well-know hymn "God of Our Fathers."  This will be followed by another famous hymn sung at Thanksgiving "Simple Gifts," an old Shaker hymn that made resurgence in the 1940ís in the Ballet Appalachian Spring composed by Aaron Copeland.  The Show Band then is featured in a medley of two hymns "We Gather Together" and "For the Beauty of the Earth."  The concert will conclude with a performance of "The Bandmaster" in memory of Jack Mercer, founder of the Show Band.

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 Douglas McKenna, Jr. and David Schaafsma.  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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