Show Band Concert Newsletter

Current Newsletter / The Show Band's February 26th Concert
Posted on February 14th, 2024

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

TO: Our Show Band Family
FROM: Your Band Director
WHAT'S UP? At Last: An Evening of Love and Jazz
WHERE? Gardiner W. Spring Auditorium
WHEN? Monday, February 26, 2024
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 Chaffey Adult School are proud to present "At Last: An Evening of Love and Jazz" on Monday, February 26, 2024 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.

Our February concert features an exciting repertoire of jazz and popular songs highlighted by a talented array of Show Band soloists and special guest artists Dan Friberg, Skip Cain, and Dr. Reed Gratz.

Dr. Reed Gratz is a retired Professor of Music at the University of La Verne. He has taught at Wahington State University, University of Miami, as well as several universities in Europe. He was awarded a major jazz composition grant from the National Education Association; a research grant in African American Music and two Fulbright Lectureships. Reed has performed with a number of well-known recording artists that include Herb Alpert, Bobby Shew, Buddy DeFranco, and many others. The Show Band is proud to perform two of his original compositions, "Erin's Eyes" and "George."

Also featured on the concert is guest artist Dan Friberg. Dan is a graduate of Cal State Long Beach where he earned both his Bachelor and Master's Degrees in Music. He began teaching vocal music for the Fontana Unified School District in 1966, fifteen years at the junior high level and twenty years as the choral director at Fontana High School. Dan played the trumpet and sang with many area groups in Southern California and was Minister of Music at several area churches. During college, he was also a member of "Young Americans" and performed in many TV and recording projects. Dan will sing a hit song written by Antonio Carlos Jobim entitled "Corcovado," known in English as "Quiet Nights and Quiet Stars."

Vocalist Skip Cain makes his debut with the Show Band. He hails from the rural central Ohio farmland, served in the U.S. Air Force at Norton Air Force Base, and is an alumnus of Chaffey College. His vocal repertoire includes songs of joy, romance, and love from yesteryear and today. Skip's repertoire ranges from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Tom Jones, Lionel Richie, Tony Bennett, James Brown, Wilson Pickett, and Teddy Pendergrass. He will be singing two popular standards, "I've Got You Under My Skin" and "The Summer Wind."

The Show Band is privileged to have outstanding musicians in its membership. Several of them will be featured soloists on the concert. Clarinetist Holly Audet will perform Scott Joplin's "The Entertainer," Bass Trombonist Don Edberg will display his talents in an oldie but goodie entitled "Makin Whoopee," the beautiful ballad "Somewhere" from West Side Story will be performed by Euphonium player George Osorio, Clarinetist Neil Vargas will play a transcription of the Buddy DeFranco solo to "Tenderly," and Assistant Director Pat Arnold will be featured on tenor saxophone in the haunting Duke Ellington composition "In A Sentimental Mood."

The Show Band will perform three exciting instrumental compositions entitled, "Just In Time," "Smooth Operator," and the well-known jazz standard "Moanin'."

The performance will be narrated by Michael and Lynne Kennedy.

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Please be sure to join us for an exciting evening of love and jazz 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, X, 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.  Become a Bronze Baton donor for $25-$249; Steel Baton $250-$499; Silver Baton $500-$999; Gold Baton $1000-$1500; Platinum Baton $2,500 and Diamond Baton $5,000.  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 Gardiner W. Spring Auditorium and at other venues throughout the community.  All performances are free to the public.

Your Band Director,