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Current Newsletter / The Show Band's June 2014 Concert

Posted on June 11th, 2014

Dr. Gabe Petrocelli, Director

TO: Our Show Band Family
FROM: Your Band Director
WHAT'S UP? The Best of Broadway
WHERE? Gardiner Spring Auditorium
WHEN? Monday, June 16, 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 is excited to return home to Gardiner Spring Auditorium on Monday June 16, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. for its final indoor concert of the season.  The outstanding musicians of the Show Band will be featured in "The Best of Broadway," a collection of many of the most memorable melodies from the Broadway theatre.  Pre-concert entertainment begins in the auditorium lobby at 7:00 p.m. with the "Woodwind Celebration."  Complimentary Starbucks coffee and refreshments will be provided until 7:20 p.m.  The auditorium is on the campus of Chaffey High School located at 1245 N. Euclid Ave in Ontario.  Admission to the concert is FREE.

The performance will highlight excerpts and medleys from an array of popular broadway productions that include "Porgy and Bess," "The Music Man," "Cabaret," "Oklahoma," "The Sound of Music," "My Fair Lady," West Side Story," and "Wicked."  The concert features a host of soloists and the talented musicians of the Chaffey High School Wind Ensemble under the direction of band director Steve Yanik.  The band will perform a medley from the 2003 production "Wicked," a musical based on "The Wizard of Oz."  In addition, each year the Show Band awards the Jack Mercer Scholarship in the amount of $500 to a graduating senior from the Chaffey High School band program who is interested in pursuing a career in music education.  The recipient, selected by the band director, is Aurora Cardenas and she has been accepted to UCLA.  She is also a student who has excelled musically and plans to become a band director.  Hopefully, Maestro Mercer will be in attendance to present the award.

On the program, the musicians of the Show Band will perform a medley from Rogers and Hammerstein's classic musical "Oklahoma," which opened on March 31, 1943 and ran for an unprecedented 2,212 performances.  The Show Band will pay tribute to the team of Lerner and Loewe with a medley of their memorable broadway hits that include "Get Me To The Church On Time," "If Ever I Would Leave You," and "I Could Have Danced All Night."  "The Magic of Andrew Lloyd Webber" features music from "Superstar" and "Phantom of the Opera."  The final medley is from "The Sound of Music," the 1959 production about the Von Trapp family of singers.  Included are the hit songs "Climb Every Mountain," My Favorite Things," and "The Sound of Music."

George and Ira Gershwin's 1935 production of "Porgy and Bess" was a folk opera that produced a number of great hits.  "Summertime" will be sung by Show Band musician Taunia Falasca and "It Ain't Necessarily So" by Show Band principal clarinetist Chris McAleerRudy Diaz, a newcomer to the Show Band, will sing "Cabaret," the title song from the 1966 musical by Fred Ebb and John Kander.  Chris McAleer will also be featured as the vocal soloist on two popular songs from Meredith Wilson's "The Music Man" - "The Wells Fargo Wagon" and the beautiful ballad "Til There Was You."

Other melodies include the hit song "What Kind of Fool Am I" from Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse's 1996 musical "Stop the World I Want To Get Off."  Several memorable songs from "West Side Story" include "Maria" and "Tonight."  The performance finale will feature the Show Band and Chaffey High School Band combining in "76 Trombones" from "The Music Man."

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 Ontario/Chaffey Community Show Band will also be appearing in concert in the R. Jack Mercer Bandstand on Euclid Ave. right after the conclusion of All-States July 4th Parade.


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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