Show Band Concert Newsletter

Current Newsletter / The Show Band's December 13th Holiday Concert
Posted on December 3rd, 2021

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

TO: Our Show Band Family
FROM: Your Band Director
WHAT'S UP? Celebrate the Season
WHERE? Gardiner W. Spring Auditorium
WHEN? Monday, December 13, 2021
WHAT TIME? 7:30 pm Sharp or 7:00 pm for the Pre-Concert
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? $0000000000.00

Dear Friends and Music Lovers,

The musicians of the Ontario Chaffey Community Show Band and the memory of Mary Watson-Ortiz are proud to present "Celebrate the Season" on Monday December 13, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. in historic Gardiner Spring Auditorium.  The concert will be the first indoor Show Band performance since February 2020.  Please note that in compliance with the health restrictions currently in-place due to the pandemic, all concert attendees must wear a face mask during the performance.  Gardiner W. Spring Auditorium is located on the campus of Chaffey High School at 1245 N. Euclid Ave. in Ontario.  The performance is FREE to the public.  Parking is available in both the Fourth and Fifth Street Parking Lots.

The holiday program features Martene Craig and her Joy Ringers, Singers and Strings, a handbell, vocal and string ensemble from Southern California.  They have been delighting audiences for years with a repertoire of spirituals, hymns, gospel songs, folk, country, patriotic, and show tunes.  The Ringers showcase special ringing techniques including the use of mallets, hand chimes, and solo ringing.  Seasonally, they present patriotic and Christmas performances, often with a string orchestra, children's choir, and dancers.  They have graced the Show Band stage on several past concerts.  The ensemble will give a pre-concert performance on-stage at 7:00 p.m.  During the main performance, they will be featured in "Christmas Eve - Sarajevo," "Go Tell It," "Joy To the World," and "O Come All Ye Faithful."

Our special guest artist is concert pianist and teacher Dr. Maria Perez.  She was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where she received her early musical training.  She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Piano Performance from the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and both her Masters and Doctoral Degrees from the University of Washington.  She is a frequent soloist in orchestras throughout Southern California and has been a member of the music faculty of the Claremont Community School of Music since 1993.  Dr. Perez is no stranger to the Show Band having performed a number of concerts as a soloist; her most memorable being George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.  She will perform a solo piano piece entitled "Canciones Para Piano #1" and "Waltz Fantasia," a "mini" piano concerto with band accompaniment.  Both works were composed for her by Dr. Gabe Petrocelli.

The outstanding musicians of the Show Band are featured on several holiday selections that include a medley of popular Christmas carols; Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring," an exciting arrangement of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," the timeless holiday song "White Christmas," and "Silent Night."

Join us for a great night of Holiday music and put some green stuff in the Hungry Tuba.  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 Merton Hill Auditorium and at other venues throughout the community.  All performances are free to the public.

Your Band Director,