Show Band Concert Newsletter

Current Newsletter / The Show Band's April 10th 2017 Concert
Posted on March 26th, 2017

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

TO: Our Show Band Family
FROM: Your Show Band Director
WHAT'S UP? A Doo-Wop Spectacular
WHERE? Gardiner W. Spring Auditorium
WHEN? Monday, April 10, 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 invites you to "A Doo-Wop Spectacular" on Monday April 10th, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in historic Gardiner W. Spring Auditorium located on the campus of Chaffey High School at 1245 N. Euclid Ave. in Ontario.  Early bird concert goers may come at 7:00 p.m. to enjoy complimentary cookies and Starbucks coffee in the lobby.  Pre-concert entertainment will be provided by "The Woodwind Celebration."  Admission to the concert is FREE.

Doo-Wop is a vocal style of music that was developed in the 1940's and achieved its greatest popularity during the 1950's and early 1960's.  Over the course of the last fifty years, it has continued to emerge into the mainstream of popular music.  The Show Band is excited about taking our concert goers for a walk down memory lane with a program of Doo-Wop hits.  The performance features guest artists "The Lemon Drops," Jim Bonner and our own Chris McAleer.  The audience will be treated to a collection of the most popular and exciting Doo-Wop songs ever recorded.

The exciting Lemon Drops will be featured in "It's in His Kiss," The Platters memorable hit "Only You," "Save the Last Dance for Me" and "I Want to Do Something for You," an original Doo-Wop song written by Gabe Petrocelli.  Long time Show Band friend and recording artist, Jim Bonner will sing "The Great Pretender," "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," "I Only Have Eyes for You" and The Temptations great hit "My Girl."  Show Band concertmaster and vocalist Chris McAleer will perform "Sincerely" and "In the Still of the Night" made popular by The Five Satins.

The Show Band will perform a modern arrangement of "On Broadway" featuring euphonium player Joshua Groenheim, trombonist Steven Osorio, and trumpeter Aaron Holguin.  In addition, two medleys of Doo-Wop's top ten most famous hits will be performed by the outstanding musicians of the Ontario Chaffey Community 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.  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,