Show Band Concert Newsletter

Current Newsletter / The Show Band's January 21st Concert
Posted on January 11th, 2019

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

TO: Our Show Band Family
FROM: Your Band Director
WHAT'S UP? Country Roads
WHERE? Merton Hill Auditorium
WHEN? Monday, January 21, 2019
WHAT TIME? 7:30 pm Sharp
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? $0000000000.00

Dear Friends and Music Lovers,

The Ontario Chaffey Community Show Band and the Ovitt Family are proud to present "Country Roads" on Monday, January 21, 2019 in Merton Hill Auditorium, located on the campus of Chaffey High School, on the corner of N. Euclid Ave. and Fifth Street in Ontario.  Early concert goers are invited to come at 7:00 p.m. for complimentary cookies and Starbucks coffee to be served in the lobby.  The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and is FREE to the public.

The concert includes a repertoire of popular country music and will feature special guest Mr. Jim Curry, one of the country's foremost John Denver tribute artists.  Also highlighting the program are solo vocalists Victor Garnica, Chris McAleer, Tom Hill, and the outstanding musicians of the Ontario Chaffey Community Show Band.  We will also honor the Lou Dokken Brass Scholarship Award winners.

Jim Curry began his musical career in high school.  It was quickly evident that Jim's voice and appearance resembled that of singer/songwriter John Denver.  The untimely death of Denver in 1997 inspired Jim to keep John Denver's music and legacy alive.  Through the years, Jim has taken his show on the road to performing arts centers and casinos in the U.S. and Canada, and out to sea as one of the most popular shows on the Holland America Cruise Line.

The concert will begin with a medley of famous country songs performed by the Show Band.  Vocal soloist Victor Garnica will sing Glen Campbell's "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" and George's Strait's "I Cross My Heart."  Show Band musician Tom Hill will sing Roger Miller's hit "King of the Road" and Hank Williams' "Your Cheatin' Heart."  Show Band Concertmaster and solo vocalist will be featured on four great country hits; Tammy Wynette's "Stand By Your Man," Patsy Cline's "Crazy," Bobbi Gentry's "Ode to Billie Joe," and Dolly Parton's hit song "Jolene."

Our special guest artist Jim Curry will perform five of John Denver's greatest hits: "Rocky Mountain High," "Annie's Song," "Sunshine On My Shoulders," "Yellowstone," and "Take Me Home, Country Roads."  The performance will be narrated by recently retired Chaffey Joint Union High School District Board Member, Mr. Charles Uhalley, and Chaffey District Superintendent Dr. Mathew Holton.

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.  This 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,