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Current Newsletter / The Show Band's April 2014 Concert

Posted on April 8th, 2014

Dr. Gabe Petrocelli, Director

TO: Our Show Band Family
FROM: Your Band Director
WHAT'S UP? An Evening of Jazz
WHERE? Ontario High School Auditorium
WHEN? Monday, April 14, 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 will host An Evening of Jazz concert on Monday April 14, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.  Due to scheduling conflicts at Gardiner Spring Auditorium, the concert will be held at the Ontario High School Auditorium, located at 901 W. Francis St. in Ontario.  Click for a map to Ontario High School.  Pre-concert entertainment by Harold Willhite's "Woodwind Celebration" begins in the lobby at 7:00 p.m.  Complimentary Starbucks coffee and refreshments will be provided until 7:20 p.m.  Admission to the concert is FREE.

The program highlights the music of famous Jazz greats that include Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk, and Antonio Carlos Jobim.  The concert features the talented musicians of the Show Band, students of the Ontario High School Jazz Band, and musical artistry of Jazz artists Steve Alaniz and Andrea Calderwood.  In addition, several original songs composed by members of the Show Band will be performed on the concert:  "Love 4 You" written by GodsManDavid and "A Touch of Latin Jazz" by Tom Clayton.

The Ontario High School Jazz Band, founded by band director Elyse Doremus and former student turned conductor Patrick Elias, was established in 2010 to meet the needs of students who wanted a high school jazz experience.  The Jazz Band has grown leaps and bounds over the last four years.  They have been accepted to play at Disney’s California Adventure the last two years and have serenaded those coming home for the holidays at the Ontario Airport.  They Ontario High School jazz Band has also helped to support the troops by playing at Ontario Airport’s annual Plane Pull for the Troops!  In addition to these wonderful performances, conductor Patrick Elias started a wonderful tradition at Ontario High School, the Jazz Under the Stars concert.  Held annually, Jazz Under the Stars is a collaborative concert featuring some of the Inland Empire’s best jazz pros alongside the OHS Jazz Band for an evening of al fresco musical entertainment.  This year’s Jazz Under the Stars concert is on April 12th at 7:00PM in the Ontario High School Quad.  Tickets are $5.00 each and go to support the OHS Jazz program; we hope to see you there!

GodsManDavid is the CEO of the M and M Project.  He focused on music performance and composition in school and has performed for 35 years in night clubs, restaurants, concerts, and other venues.  As a composer, he writes music that is full of life's experiences, are heartfelt, and a way to express his love for people and music.  Dr. Petrocelli has orchestrated one of David's songs for the Show Band's April concert.  The song is entitled appropriately "Love 4 You."

Tom Clayton learned to play the trombone while attending Vina Danks Junior High School and went on to play in the Chaffey High School Band from 1964-68 under Jack Mercer as band director.  In 1969 Tom joined the US Navy and was selected to play in the Navy Drum and Bugle Corps.  In 2010, as part of his college degree requirements, Tom was able to take classes from Berkley College of Music.  With his new-found knowledge, he began to write and arrange some of the songs he created over the years.  "A Little Touch of Latin Jazz" is one of his latest musical projects.  It was arranged especially for the Show Band.  Tom has been playing trombone in the Ontario Chaffey Community Show Band since 1986.

Andrea Calderwood’s performance résumé includes work with such internationally recognized artists as Ben Folds, Terry Ellis, Dave Pack, John Williams, The L.A. Philharmonic Orchestra, Doc Severinson and the Boston Pops.  Andrea has won a number of prestigious awards, including The Friends of Jazz Award, The Harriet Genung Award, The Plotkins Vocal Scholarship, and The Outstanding Vocal Soloist Award at the Monterey Jazz “Next Generation” Festival.  Andrea received her BA in Music from California State University, Fullerton and did her Master's studies at Cal State Long Beach Cole Conservatory of Music.  After receiving a scholarship from the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation, Andrea studied with veterans Christine Guter and Jeff Jarvis.

An accomplished arranger and teacher, Andrea received a 2010 Downbeat Award for Jazz Arranging at the graduate level from Downbeat magazine.  Her private high-school students have been named to the California All-State Vocal Jazz Ensemble from 2009-2012, and 2014.  Andrea has served as choir master for Ben Folds with the Dallas Symphony, has adjudicated the Brandon jazz festival in Manitoba, Canada, the Cuesta College vocal jazz festival, and served as a judge for the Western ICCA finals.  Andrea is and ACDA, JEN, CAJ, and CME member, as well as the former vocal program chair at Musicians Institute where she has also been a curriculum writer, instructor, and director of their vocal ensemble.  She is currently teaching in the Pasadena and Los Angeles area, and can be seen performing with her band "The Andrea Calderwood Quartet," and the a cappella /electronic pop ensemble "Arf."

Steve Alaniz was six years old when he listened to his father practicing saxophone along with a Stan Getz album.  He soon picked up the saxophone and by the age of nine, began a life-long love affair with jazz music.  Teachers and professionals recognized his talent early on, and by the age of eighteen he was performing professionally with bands such as Andy Williams, and The Johnny Crawford Orchestra, later studying with blues icon, Johnny Hammond Smith.

A Southern California native, Steve’s saxophone and woodwind training has enabled him to perform with many notable jazz artists.  He’s traveled the world to perform, including stints at Ronny Scott’s in London, the ’84 Olympics, the and Montreaux and North Sea Jazz Festivals.  He has performed for Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford and Bill Clinton, receiving accolades from all.  If Steve has a single goal, it is to honor the great players who built jazz into the art form celebrated today around the world.  He has performed with:  Glen Campbell, The Dorsey Orchestra, Connie Francis, Grant Geisman, Jack Jones, Guy Lombardo Orchestra, Trini Lopez, Bobby McFerrin, Joan Rivers, Chan Romero, Bobby Shew, Bill Watrous, Andy Williams, and Nancy Wilson to name a few.  In T.V. and film, Steve also has been honored for his contributions to the Emmy award-winning achievement for Outstanding Music Direction and Composition For A Drama Series CBS Guiding Light, Another World, Passions, SpiderMan, and many others.

Join us for an exciting night of music and have a hot cup of FREE STARBUCKS COFFEE.  Also, you will have the opportunity to “feed” the Hungry Tuba.  This concert will be broadcast on local Ontario cable Channel 3.  Check your cable listings for the date and time.


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 Band Director,
Gabe Petrocelli

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