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Current Newsletter / The Show Band's May 2016 Concerts

Posted on April 26th, 2016

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

TO: Our Show Band Family
FROM: Your Show Band Director
WHAT'S UP? The Best of Broadway
WHERE? Ontario Town Square
WHEN? Monday, May 9, 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 to present an outdoor concert titled "The Best of Broadway" on Monday May 9th, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in the beautiful Ontario Town Square located east of Euclid Avenue on the corner of "B" Street and Lemon in downtown Ontario.  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.  Some seating will be provided on the grass area in front of the band shell.  However, it is recommended that concert goers bring their own lawn chairs.  Admission to the concert is FREE.

The program features an exciting collection of hit songs from twelve different Broadway productions:  Oklahoma, Cabaret, Funny Girl, Evita, My Fair Lady, South Pacific, Fiddler On the Roof, The Music Man, A Little Night Music, Stop the World, I Want to Get Off, The Sound of Music, and West Side Story.  Featured artists include vocalists Chris McAleer, Taunia Falasca, Sheila Ruff, Rudy Diaz, Brian Detwiler, and Joe Kolmel.  In addition, dancer Kathy Soderlund will perform several numbers from "Evita."  Also featured on the concert are the outstanding musicians of the Ontario Chaffey Community Show Band.

The Jack Mercer Memorial Scholarship will be awarded during the May 9th concert.  The scholarship was established to recognize and assist a graduating senior from the Chaffey High School Band Program who has aspirations to attend college and make a career in music education.  Maestro Mercer was the director of instrumental music at Chaffey High School from 1958-1983.  It is the intent of the scholarship to encourage a deserving and talented individual to follow in the footsteps of the great Maestro and carry on the tradition of excellence in music education.  This year’s recipient is Christopher Rodriguez.  He has been a member of the Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Symphony Orchestra Jazz Band, Colorguard, and Percussion Ensembles at Chaffey High School.  His band director, Mr. Mario Corona states that Christopher “is a young man of great musical skill and fine character who reaches out and contributes to our greater goal of making the Instrumental Music Program at Chaffey High School the best it can be.  He plans to pursue a career as an educator of music at a College/University that is still to be determined.  His drive and dedication at improving in all aspects of daily life, including music, will help him reach his dreams in life of becoming a great asset in the field of Music Education.”

The Show Band will again be performing at the Ontario Town Square on Saturday May 14th at 6:30 p.m. in celebration of Ontario Heritage Day.  Included on the program are two musical numbers that commemorate the great City of Ontario, "On On Ontario" composed by Maestro Jack Mercer and "Beautiful Euclid Avenue" penned by Paul Coronel.

On Memorial Day, May 30th at 10:00 a.m., the Show Band will participate in the Memorial Day tribute at Bellevue Memorial Park in Ontario.  The program pays homage to members of our armed forces who gave their lives in the service of our country.  In addition to performances by the Show Band, other participants include the Ontario Fire Department, Ontario, Police Department, and members of local Veteran's organizations.  In addition, Mr. Gary Ovitt will recite the Gettysburg Address.

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, 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.


This month, the Show Band also announces their first-ever fundraising campaign.  As they begin to round out their 30th Anniversary 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,

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