Show Band Concert Newsletter

Current Newsletter / The Show Band's March 12th Concert
Posted on February 28th, 2018

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

TO: Our Show Band Family
FROM: Your Band Director
WHAT'S UP? Las Vegas Show Stoppers
WHERE? Merton Hill Auditorium
WHEN? Monday, March 12, 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 "Las Vegas Show Stoppers" on Monday March 12th at 7:30 p.m. in Merton Hill Auditorium located on the campus of Chaffey High School in Ontario at the corner of 5th Street and Euclid Ave.  Early birds are invited to come at 7:00 p.m. to enjoy complimentary cookies and Starbucks coffee and listen to the "Woodwind Celebration," a clarinet ensemble comprised of members from the Show Band, in the lobby of the auditorium.  Admission to the concert is FREE to the public.

Tom Elvis HillThe concert repertoire will highlight songs from a number of the most well-known artists that became mainstay's in the Las Vegas entertainment industry.  The performance features Show Band musician Tom "Elvis" Hill, who will be in character to sing a collection of Elvis Presley hits that include "Jailhouse Rock," Heartbreak Hotel," "Hound Dog," "Don't Be Cruel," and "Viva Las Vegas."  Tom has been competing in Elvis festivals in Las Vegas for the past several years and sees great value in emulating a musical legend such as Elvis Presley.

Jim BonnerLong-time Show Band friend Jim Bonner will sing three songs made famous by Frank Sinatra; "The Lady Is a Tramp," "One For My Baby," and "My Way."  Concertmaster Chris McAleer will perform Liberace's theme song "I'll Be Seeing You," and Barbra Streisand's beautiful ballad "Evergreen."  Show Band trumpeter Aaron Holguin will play a song popularized by Chris Botti entitled "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life."  In addition, the outstanding musicians of the Show Band will be featured in Dean Martin's "Everybody Loves Somebody," the Michael Jackson hit "Billie Jean," and Barry Manilow's exciting "Copacabana."

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,