Show Band Concert Newsletter

Current Newsletter / The Show Band's March 20th Concert
Posted on March 13th, 2023

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

TO: Our Show Band Family
FROM: Your Band Director
WHAT'S UP? Music of the 60's
WHERE? Gardiner W. Spring Auditorium
WHEN? Monday, March 20, 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 the Milhiser Family are proud to present "Music of the 60's" on Monday March 20, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. in Gardiner W. Spring Auditorium located on the campus of Chaffey High School, 1250 N. Euclid Ave. in Ontario.  Early concert goers are invited to arrive at 7:00 p.m. to be entertained by the "Woodwind Celebration" ensemble in the lobby while enjoying complimentary coffee and cookies.  The performance is FREE to the public.

Our March concert features a collection of hit songs from a transformational period in American popular music - the 1960's.  The program will present a variety of musical genres that include folk, rock, swing, Soul, and Bossa Nova.

A group of talented soloists from within Show Band will be featured that includes musicians Zelne Zamora, Greg Cosner, Holly Audet, Tom "Elvis" Hill, John Holguin, Dana Rawlings, Trish Molina, and Assistant Director Pat Arnold.  The concert will also feature special guest artist Victor Garnica.  Several hits from the film The Graduate will be featured, a french horn duet by Zelne Zamora and Greg Cosner in "Scarborough Fair," and Holly Audet will play a clarinet solo in "Sound of Silence."  Tom "Elvis" Hill will sing two memorable hits recorded by Elvis Presley, "Heartbreak Hotel" and "Teddy Bear."  Vocalist John Holguin will perform the Frank Sinatra hit "I've Got You Under My Skin" and Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline."  Flautists Dana Rawlings and Trish Molina will be featured on the Bossa Nova hit "The Girl From Ipanema."  Pat Arnold will sing "Love Potion #9" and have several tenor sax solos.  Special guest vocalist Victor Garnica will sing "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" and "It's Not Unusual."

The outstanding musicians of the Show Band will highlight the evening with their performances of "Goin' Out Of My Head," "The Shadow Of Your Smile," and The Beatles hit "Eleanor Rigby."

The performance will be narrated by Retired City Manager and Monte Vista Water District Board Member Mr. Michael Milhiser and Treasurer for the City of Ontario and The Friends of the Show Band Mr. Jim Milhiser.

Please be sure to join us for this great evening of 1960's hits 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,