Show Band Concert Newsletter

Current Newsletter / The Show Band's October 16th Concert
Posted on October 5th, 2017

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

TO: Our Show Band Family
FROM: Your Band Director
WHAT'S UP? A Celebration of Latin Music
WHERE? Merton Hill Auditorium
WHEN? Monday, October 16, 2017
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 Celebration of Latin Music" on Monday October 16th 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 most important elements of Hispanic music are its colorful diversity of style, rhythm, and interpretation.  The program will offer an exciting repertoire of Latin music that showcases these elements with an array of talented guest artists and the outstanding musicians of the Show Band, highlighted by the band's percussion section.

Special guest artists for the performance are singer/songwriter Vicky Cabrera and renowned percussionist Homero Chavez.  Additional soloists include singers Dr. George Matamala and Victor Garnica, Show Band musician and dancer Kathy Soderlund, vocalists Chris McAleer and Taunia Falasca, and Aaron Holguin with a flugelhorn solo.  The program includes familiar folk melodies and a collection of songs popularized by Mexican artists such as Pepe Aguilar, Pedro Infante, Jose Jose, and the late Juan Gabriel.

Vicky Cabrera was born in Ciudad Altamirano, Guerrero, Mexico.  As a teenager, she enrolled in the reputable Conservatorio Nacional de Música, where she studied opera for three years and developed the vocal skills she needed to reach her potential and become a unique Mexican talent.  In addition, she studied dramatic arts at the Instituto Andrés Soler de la ANDA, where she was certified as an actress.  Vicky's talent and interest in songwriting helped her become the winner of a nationwide contest for the popular sports show República Deportiva, on the Spanish television network Univision.  The song was to become the network's theme for the games of the Mexican soccer tournament it broadcasted.  Currently, she will perform "Tata Dios," Jose Jose's "El Triste," and "El Sueno Imposible," the "Impossible Dream" from "Man from La Mancha."

Homero Chavez is a world renowned drummer, percussionist, producer, band leader, and educator.  He was born in El Paso, Texas into a very musical family.  In 2014, he was nominated for the first ever EDUCATION GRAMMY.  Homero has performed both live and in the studio with national and international GRAMMY nominated musicians.  As a musical director, he leads the Latin Jazz Group, "Homero Y Una Noche" and the percussion group "Mixto."  He has been a presenter at over 500 clinics, workshops, and festivals around the globe including the Moscow Music Expo '08.  As a producer, he has worked for radio, internet, and TV media, and currently working in the studio on his up coming CD "Una Noche and The Faith Healers."  Also, an instructional production of his El Cajon Workshop soon will be released.  Homero currently teaches at Claremont's Sycamore Elementary ASE program, Claremont Community School of Music, and at The Remo Recreation Music Center.  For more information, go to Homero's website:  On the Show Band concert, Homero will perform on a variety of Latin percussion instruments including the Cajon and featured on Ernesto Lecuona's "La Comparsa," and "Los Amigos," an original composition written for him by Dr. Gabe Petrocelli.

Victor Garnica is an Assistant Principal at Montclair High School and has been involved with music his entire life.  He was influenced by his parents at a young age and was exposed to a wide variety of musical genres and artists such as Richie Valens, Metallica, and The Eagles.  In high school, he sang in the choir and was a member of the marching band.  He will sing two popular song hits, "Lunas de Octubre" written by Pedro Infante and "Poruna Mujer Bonita" composed by his favorite Mexican artist Pepe Aguilar.

Dr. George Matamala is also an aficionado of Latin music.  When he takes a break from listening and singing music, he works as the Principal of Chaffey High School.  He will sing "Siempreen Mi Mente" by the late singer/songwriter Juan Gabriel and a popular Mexican song "Lo Pasado Pasado" that was recorded by Jose Jose.

Kathy Soderlund plays saxophone in the Show Band but is also an outstanding dancer who has entertained Show Band audiences for years with her exciting interpretations of Latin music.  She will grace and charm the Show Band stage by dancing to Bizet's famous "Habanera," and Ennio Morricone's "The Mission," that also features her husband Ken Soderlund on solo guitar.

Concertmaster Chris McAleer will sing "Mexican Folk Song Suite" and perform a clarinet solo on "La Comparsa."  Taunia Falasca will sing the late Celia Cruz hit "Rie y Llora."  Chris and Taunia will join together as a duet singing "Fiesta Night."  Show Band musician Aaron Holguin will perform a flugelhorn solo entitled "Una Noche Espanola."

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,