Show Band Concert Newsletter

Current Newsletter / The Show Band's June 19th Concert
Posted on June 8th, 2017

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

TO: Our Show Band Family
FROM: Your Show Band Director
WHAT'S UP? Music From the Movies
WHERE? Merton Hill Auditorium
WHEN? Monday, June 19, 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 "Music From the Movies" concert on Monday June 19th 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).  The program will feature a collection of famous musical themes from the movies.  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 is always FREE!

On Friday we were informed by the Chaffey School District that the parking lot on the north side of 5th Street is closed for repairs.  Unfortunately, it will not be accessible for the concert at Hill Auditorium on Monday June 19th.  However, parking is available in the church lot next to the district lot and in limited spaces on 5th Street.  Parking is available also in the 4th Street parking lot.  We are very sorry for the inconvenience.

The concert repertoire includes a wide variety of melodies from films that span the course of eight decades.  Nearly all of the songs extracted from the film scores were written by talented composers whose contributions will forever be etched in film history.  Featured on the program are Show Band musician/vocal soloist Taunia Falasca, concertmaster/vocal soloist Chris McAleer and the outstanding musicians of the Show Band.

The Show Band will perform several medleys that highlight the film music of Victor Young, Burt Bacharach, Max Steiner, John Williams, Erich Korngold, and Jerry Goldsmith to mention a few.  Taunia Falasca will be featured on "Cheek to Cheek" composed by Irving Berlin for the film "Top Hat" and Victor Young's haunting "Love Letters" from the picture of the same name.  Chris McAleer will perform the timeless Cole Porter song "Night and Day" from the "The Gay Divorcee" and one of the memorable melodies in film history, "Over the Rainbow" from the "The Wizard of Oz."  Concert goers will also be treated to musical selections from several Disney productions and Simon and Garfunkel's famous score from the "The Graduate."  The performance will conclude with "Tara's Theme" composed by Max Steiner for the academy award motion picture "Gone With the Wind."

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,