Show Band Concert Newsletter

Current Newsletter / The Show Band's September 19th 2016 Concert
Posted on September 9th, 2016

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

TO: Our Show Band Family
FROM: Your Show Band Director
WHAT'S UP? A Touch of Jazz
WHERE? Gardiner Spring Auditorium
WHEN? Monday, September 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 excited about the upcoming 2016-2017 concert season.  Our season opening performance, "A Touch of Jazz," will be held on Monday, September 19, 2016 at historic Gardiner Spring Auditorium located on the campus of Chaffey High School, 1245 N. Euclid Ave. Ontario 91762.  The concert features two local professional Jazz musicians, saxophonist Steve Alaniz and singer/pianist Aimee Nolte.  Also featured are singers Lydia Tolman of the vocal trio "The Lemon Drops" and Show Band concertmaster/vocalist Chris McAleer.  Early concert goers are invited to come at 7:00 p.m. to hear "The Woodwind Celebration" clarinet ensemble and enjoy complimentary cookies and Starbucks coffee.  The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and is FREE to the public.

The program pays tribute to Jazz, one of the true American art forms.  Included are several famous Jazz works such as "Moanin'" recorded by Art Blakey and Jazz Messengers, "'Round Midnight" by Thelonius Monk, Herbie Hancock's "Watermelon Man," and "The Preacher" by Horace Silver.  In addition, concert goers will be treated to a number of popular songs that include "I'm Old Fashioned," "Save Your Love For Me," "The Shadow of Your Smile," "Stella By Starlight," Earth, Wind and Fire's "September," and a number of original pieces by Show Band director Dr. Gabe Petrocelli.

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,