Show Band Concert Newsletter

Current Newsletter / The Show Band's May 15th Concert
Posted on May 11th, 2017

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

TO: Our Show Band Family
FROM: Your Show Band Director
WHAT'S UP? The Sensational Sixties
WHERE? Merton Hill Auditorium
WHEN? Monday, May 15, 2017
WHAT TIMES? 7:30pm
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? $0000000000.00

Dear Friends and Music Lovers,

The Ontario Chaffey Community Show Band will host "The Sensational Sixties" concert on Monday May 15th at 7:30 p.m. in Merton Hill Auditorium located on the campus of Chaffey High School on the corner of Euclid and 5th Street in Ontario (note the change of venue, several buildings north of Gardiner Spring Auditorium).  Parking is recomended in the 5th Street parking lot behind the church.  Early concert goers are invited to come at 7:00 p.m. to hear the Woodwind Celebration ensemble and enjoy complimentary coffee and refreshments.  Admission is always FREE!

The program will highlight many of the songs popularized during the 1960's, an era when American music exploded into a kaleidoscope of sounds and genres.  Rock 'n Roll, R & B/Soul, the Bossa Nova, love and popular standards, and the British Invasion all flourished during this exciting musical period.  The outstanding musicians of the Show Band will perform a sampling from each of the popular styles.  Featured vocal soloists will be Chris McAleer, Taunia Falasca and Tom Hill.

The Show Band will also perform at the annual Memorial Day Celebration on Monday May 29th at 10:00 a.m. at Bellevue Memorial Park located on "G" Street, west of Mountain Ave. (MAP) in Ontario.  The program will feature the Show Band as well as members of each branch of the armed services.  Also participating will be members of the Ontario Police Department.  Join the Show Band in honoring our nation's fallen heroes.

Join us for a great night of music and enjoy 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.  The concert will be broadcast on local Ontario cable Channel 3.  Check your cable listings for the date and time.  For additional information regarding these performances or the rest of 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,