Show Band Concert Newsletter

Current Newsletter / The Show Band's January 22nd Concert
Posted on January 12th, 2018

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

TO: Our Show Band Family
FROM: Your Band Director
WHAT'S UP? Big Band Swing
WHERE? Merton Hill Auditorium
WHEN? Monday, January 22, 2018
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 proud to present "Big Band Swing" on Monday January 22nd at 7:30 p.m. in Merton Hill Auditorium located at the corner of 5th Street and Euclid Ave on the campus of Chaffey High School in Ontario.  Early birds are invited to come at 7:00 p.m. to enjoy complimentary cookies and Starbucks coffee and listen to the "Woodwind Celebration" in the lobby of the auditorium.  Admission to the concert is FREE.

The concert will feature an exclusive repertoire of music from the Swing Era highlighted by the outstanding musicians of the Show Band and the exciting Harmony Sisters, a local vocal trio that specialized in in music from the Big Band Era.  Also featured are Show Band Trumpet player Larry Cariato and Trombonist Steven Osorio.  The Show Band will be featured in a number of popular selections from the 40's including Benny Goodman's "Sing, Sing, Sing," and "Stompin' at the Savoy," and Duke Ellington's "Take the 'A' Train" and "In a Sentimental Mood" featuring Larry Cariato.  Show Band Trombonist Steven Osorio will pay tribute to George Roberts, the late bass trombonist from the Lawrence Welk Band, by performing a special medley of tunes recorded by Roberts in 2009.

The Harmony Sisters Special guest artists are The Harmony Sisters: Beverly Crowe, Stacy Rosen-Sturgis, and Show Band Concertmaster Chris McAleer.  They have been singing together since 2002 as the vocalists for the Bill Blanchard Little Big Band.  Bill loved the music of the famous female trios like the Andrews Sisters and other similar groups and arranged the delightful harmonies that are performed by The Harmony Sisters.  The four numbers from the library of Bill Blanchard include: "Walking My Baby Back Home," "You Took Advantage of Me," "It's So Nice to Have a Man Around the House," and "On the Sunnyside of the Street."  Each member of the trio has a unique individual style and will also perform as a soloist on the concert.

Every January the Show Band honors the late stage band director Lou Dokken, by presenting four scholarships to brass musicians who attend schools in the Ontario Montclair School District.  Each student is selected through an audition process conducted by their teachers and are invited to perform their audition piece during the Show Band concert.  In addition, each will be awarded a $100 Scholarship sponsored by the Noontime Kiwanis Club of Ontario.

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.  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.

The community can 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 with assistant directors David Schaafsma and Pat Arnold.  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 Band Director,