2020-2021 Concert Season
Welcome to the 2020-2021 Season of the Ontario Chaffey Community Show Band! Unfortunately our 2019-2020 concert season was cut short due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We are hoping to restart our concerts this fall and have released a tentative schedule. This will mark 36 years since Jack Mercer came out of retirement to form an alumni band of forty-two musicians. They represented a wide variety of occupations from doctors, lawyers, dentists, mechanics, educators, the Chief of Police and other professions and began what would become known as the Ontario Chaffey Community Show Band.
Gabe with Aimee Nolte just before the "Swinging with Aimee and the Show Band" concert on September 9th, 2019!! Aimee put on quite a show! Thank you Aimee!!
For the past thirty six years, the band has been performing one free concert a month for the Greater Ontario Community, bringing in an array of talented guest artists as well as providing musical performances for various city-sponsored events. The Show Band is directed by Dr. Gabe Petrocelli, esteemed composer, arranger, and conductor, and two assistant conductors: Dave Schaafsma and Pat Arnold.
The Show Band continues to grow as we add tremendous new talent to our band. We feature many of our own musicians as conductors, vocal and instrumental soloists, and also welcome a talented array of guest artists to our programs on a regular basis.
We're excited to tentatively start this season off on Monday, September 21st at Gardiner Spring Auditorium with "Music From the 50's" featuring The Arlettes and Tom "Elvis" Hill along with the outstanding musicians of the Show Band. Our second concert will also be held at historic Gardiner Spring Auditorium on Monday, October 19th, featuring "Viva La Musica!". We will present some of the concerts originally scheduled for the 2019-2020 season that we were forced to cancel due to the pandemic, including concert pianist Dr. Maria Perez who will perform "Rhapsody in Blue" on the February 2021 concert.
The Ontario Chaffey Show Band relies on the generous donations of sponsors and financial support from the City of Ontario to help keep our programs running. Additionally, a non-profit organization called "The Friends of the Ontario Chaffey Community Show Band" helps to provide assistance to the Show Band. If you enjoy the Show Band performances, please consider making a tax-deductible and secure payment via our PayPal account, conveniently located on left side of our website. Or, mail your donation to: Friends of the OCCSB at P/O Box 1512 Ontario, CA 91762. Your donation helps to keep music alive in the community!
We look forward to seeing you at one (or all!) of our programs this year. Please be sure to check our show schedule for our performance calendar. As always, thank you very much for your support of the Ontario Chaffey Community Show Band!