2018-2019 Concert Season
Welcome to the 2018-2019 Season of the Ontario Chaffey Community Show Band! This marks 34 years since Jack Mercer came out of retirement to form an alumni band of forty-two musicians. They represented a wide variety of occupations from doctors, lawyers, dentists, mechanics, educators, the Chief of Police and other professions and began what would become known as the Ontario Chaffey Community Show Band.
Gabe with the fantastic Jim and Anne Curry just before the "Country Roads" concert on January 21st!! They were truly outstanding in a wonderful 5 song set paying tribute to John Denver! Thank you Jim and Anne!!
For the past thirty four years, the band has been performing one free concert a month for the Greater Ontario Community, bringing in an array of talented guest artists as well as providing musical performances for various city-sponsored events.
Today our band is directed by Dr. Gabe Petrocelli, esteemed composer, arranger, and conductor. The band also has two assistant conductors: Dave Schaafsma and Pat Arnold. The Show Band continues to grow as we add tremendous new talent to our band. We feature many of our own musicians as conductors, featured vocalists, and also welcome a talented array of guest artists to our programs on a regular basis.
We're excited to again start this season off at beautiful Ontario Town Square. While historic Gardiner Spring Auditorium continues to undergo renovations this year, we will continue with our exciting themed shows throughout the year at Merton Hill Auditorium.
The Ontario Chaffey Show Band relies on the generous donations of sponsors to help keep our programs running. We are fortunate to have a number of sponsors who have continued to provide their generous financial support. Additionally, we also formed a non-profit organization called "The Friends of the Ontario Chaffey Community Show Band" to help provide assistance to the Show Band. However, as the years progress and the Show Band continues to grow, additional support is necessary to keep pace with the needs of the organization and the times. If you enjoy the programs that we provide, please consider making a tax-deductible and secure payment via our PayPal account, conveniently located on left side of our website. Your donation helps keep music alive in the community!
We look forward to seeing you at one (or all!) of our programs this year. Please be sure to check our show schedule for our performance calendar. As always, thank you very much for your support of the Ontario Chaffey Community Show Band!