Show Band Concert Newsletter

Current Newsletter / The Show Band's October 15th Concert
Posted on October 10th, 2018

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

TO: Our Show Band Family
FROM: Your Band Director
WHAT'S UP? A Touch of Salsa
WHERE? Merton Hill Auditorium
WHEN? Monday, October 15, 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 "A Touch of Salsa" on Monday October 15th 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 pays tribute to Hispanic culture and is highlighted by an array of exciting Latin music featuring the outstanding musicians of the Ontario Chaffey Community Show Band.  Soloists include Show Band musicians David Abrego, Isaac Gonzalez, Roman Foranda, dancer Kathy Soderlund, concertmaster Chris McAleer, and guest artists Ken Soderlund and Homero Chavez.  The Show Band is delighted to welcome as guest conductor, Dr. Jorge Garcia, Assistant Director of the Pomona Concert Band.  The concert will be narrated by Ms. Elvia Rivas and Mr. Alex Espinosa.

The show repertoire includes a medley of traditional folk tunes that will be sung by the talented Chris McAleer entitled "Mexican Folk Song Suite."  Chris will also sing a bossa nova piece entitled "Gio's Restaurant."  Show Band trombonist David Abergo will perform an original piece composed for him by Music Director Dr. Gabe Petrocelli entitled "Salsa Caliente."  French horn musician and vocalist Isaac Gonzalez will sing "Acompaname" and the famous composition by Agustin Lara entitled "Granada."  Show Band musician Kathy Soderlund will be featured as a dancer on three selections, "Besame Mucho," "Malaguena," and "The Ballerina and Green Guitar," a piece written especially for her by Dr. Petrocelli that also features her husband Ken Soderlund as guitar soloist.  Show Band guitarist Roman Foranda pays tribute to the musical influence and contribution to Latin music by Carlos Santana by performing two of his greatest hits "Black Magic Woman" and "Europa."  Dr. George Matamala, the Principal of Chaffey High School, is also an aficionado of Latin music.  He will sing Agustín Lara's "Solamente una Vez."  The outstanding musicians of the Show Band will also perform four exciting Latin instrumental selections that include "Blue Orchid," "Danse Carnavale," Amparito Roca," and "Despacito."

Dr. Jorge Garcia, Pomona Concert Band Assistant Director, has been involved in music education since 1969 and has taught music on all levels from college to kindergarten.  He has conducted several honor groups including the Memorial Orchestra for President Chiang Kai-shek, the Sino-American Honor Band, and the Taiwan Youth Symphony Orchestra.  In addition to being a published composer he is a well-known lecturer in the areas of Classroom Motivation, and Lifelong Learning and was a speaker at the International Conference of Lifelong Learning in Budapest, Hungary, and the International Handbells Conference in Brisbane, Australia.  He joined the Pomona Concert Band in 2005 playing tuba but has also played Percussion and Bass Clarinet.  He also participates in the Golden State British Brass Band and founded the Trilogy Music Makers Brass Ensemble, Temescal Valley, CA.  His music is available at Talent Music Publishers.

Homero Chavez is a world renowned drummer, percussionist, producer, band leader, and educator.  Homero currently teaches at Claremont's Sycamore Elementary ASE program, Claremont Community School of Music, and at The Remo Recreation Music Center.  Homero will perform on a variety of Latin percussion instruments.

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.

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 Merton Hill Auditorium and at other venues throughout the community.  All performances are free to the public.

Your Band Director,