Show Band Concert Newsletter

Current Newsletter / The Show Band's November 13th Concert
Posted on November 7th, 2023

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

TO: Our Show Band Family
FROM: Your Band Director
WHAT'S UP? A Salute To Veterans
WHERE? Gardiner W. Spring Auditorium
WHEN? Monday, November 13, 2023
WHAT TIME? 7:30 pm Sharp
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? $0000000000.00

Dear Friends and Music Lovers,

The musicians of the Ontario Chaffey Community Show Band and Leavitt Family are proud to present "A Salute To Veterans" on Monday, November 13, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.  The concert will be held at Gardiner W. Spring Auditorium located on the campus of Chaffey High School at 1245 N. Euclid Ave. in Ontario.  The Woodwind Celebration Ensemble will present a pre-concert recital in the auditorium lobby at 7:00 p.m.  Complimentary coffee and cookies will be served in the lobby prior to the concert.  The performance is FREE to the public.

The November concert features a repertoire of patriotic music to honor military veterans of the Unites States Armed Forces.  The featured solo artist is vocalist Brian Detwiler.  Brian has performed numerous times over the years on Veteran's Day and Memorial Day celebrations.  The program will also be highlighted by the participation of the Cadets of Chaffey High School Noval JrROTC under the leadership of Commander Martin Jones, and VFW Honor Rifle Salute Teams 18 and 56.

The concert will be divided in two parts.  Part One will be conducted by Show Band Assistant Director David Schaafsma and include the Presentation of Colors, the National Anthem, Posting of the Colors, the Invocation by Retired Pastor Gary Keith, a performance of each of the service songs, the traditional flag-folding ceremony, a 21-Gun Salute, and Taps.  Also included will be several patriotic selections.

Part Two will feature the talented musicians of the Show Band in a repertoire of patriotic music.  In addition, Brian Detwiler will sing "The House I Live In".  The concert will conclude with a performance of Richard Rodgers' famous score to "Victory at Sea".

The performance will be narrated by Christina Martinez, Principal of Chaffey High School, and Dr. George Matamala, Principal of the Chaffey Adult School.

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Please be sure to join us in honoring our Veterans and do not forget to invite your family and friends!  You can also support the Show Band by visiting and feeding our Hungry Tuba located in the lobby of the auditorium.  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 $1,000.  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 Gardiner W. Spring Auditorium and at other venues throughout the community.  All performances are free to the public.

Your Band Director,