Show Band Concert Newsletter

Current Newsletter / The Show Band's January 16th 2017 Concert
Posted on January 4th, 2017

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

TO: Our Show Band Family
FROM: Your Show Band Director
WHAT'S UP? Swinging With the Show Band
WHERE? Gardiner Spring Auditorium
WHEN? Monday, January 16, 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 is proud to present "Swinging With the Show Band" on Monday, January 16, 2017 at historic Gardiner Spring Auditorium located on the campus of Chaffey High School, 1245 N. Euclid Ave. Ontario.  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.  The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and is FREE to the public.

The performance is highlighted by the outstanding musicians of the Show Band who will perform a repertoire of exciting music from the Swing Era.  The concert also features the sounds of the talented vocal trio The Harmony Sisters comprised of Beverly Crowe, Stacey Rosen-Sturgis, and Show Band Concertmaster Chris McAleer.  The group has been singing together since 2002.  They will perform three tunes arranged by former Show Band Assistant Director Bill Blanchard.  Bill was an excellent arranger of 40's-style Big Band music, a perfect fit for The Harmony Sisters, who have been so successful in recreating the exciting sounds of the Andrew Sisters and other post World War II vocal groups.  Their selections include Gershwin's timeless "I Got Rhythm," "Dream," and "Red Sails in the Sunset."

Each year the Show Band recognizes four upcoming brass students who attend schools in the Ontario Montclair School District.  These students are each awarded a $100 music scholarship in the name of Lou Dokken.  Lou was a local trombonist and band leader who felt that young brass students should have an opportunity to further their music education.  This year, the honorees are baritone horn player Angel Donovan, a 7th Grade student from Oaks Middle School;  trumpeter David Venegas, an 8th Grade student from Oaks Middle School;  tuba player Alejandro Andrade from Vernon Middle School;  and trumpeter Abraham Aguirre from Vina Danks Middle School.  Each student will perform a short musical selection during the concert.

Also featured on the program are Show Band vocalists Taunia Falasca and Chris McAleer.  Both Chris and Taunia are outstanding musicians and important members of the Show Band.  Also, they perform with their respective singing groups, Chris with The Harmony Sisters, and Taunia with The Lemon Drops.  In addition to her performance with "The Harmony Sisters," Chris also will be featured in "The Summer Wind" and Taunia "Cheek to Cheek," "Come Rain or Come Shine," and "The ABC's of Love."

The Show Band audience will be entertained by recently retired band director and Show Band saxophonist Pat Arnold.  "PT" is a local product who graduated from Chaffey High School where he was a student of Jack Mercer.  Later, he served as band director at Upland High School and Alta Loma High School.  He will be the featured soloist in the Duke Ellington classic "Take the A-Train," "Just in Time" and conduct the Show Band in "Yesterdays."

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,