Show Band Concert Newsletter

Current Newsletter / The Show Band's November 14th Veterans Concert
Posted on November 3rd, 2022

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

TO: Our Show Band Family
FROM: Your Band Director
WHAT'S UP? Giving Thanks To Our Veterans
WHERE? Gardiner W. Spring Auditorium
WHEN? Monday, November 14, 2022
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 Bescoby Family are proud to present "Giving Thanks To Our Veterans" on Monday November 14, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. in Gardiner W. Spring Auditorium located on the campus of Chaffey High School, 1250 N. Euclid Ave. in Ontario.  Bill Bescoby, who plays the euphonium in the Show Band, has a strong connection with Veteran's Day.  He is a Viet Nam Veteran and retired from the 349th General Hospital in Los Angeles after Desert Storm.  We salute him and all the members of the Show Family and concert goers who served in the Armed Forces.  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.

The concert celebrates our veterans past and present who have given service to our country.  The featured artist is vocalist Brian Detwiler.  He is no stranger to the Show Band stage having performed numerous times over the years on Veteran's Day and Memorial Day celebrations.  Brian shares that he has enjoyed a long-term relationship with the Show Band.  His first performance with the band dates to the Jack Mercer years.  It was always his dream and desire to sing and perform with a large band/orchestra.  His wish has been fulfilled many times over because he is such an outstanding vocalist.  Brian will be featured on the Service Songs Medley and World War II ballad "I'll Be Seeing You."

Also featured in the concert are the amazing cadets from the Chaffey High School Naval JrROTC under the supervision of Retired Naval Commander Martin Jones.  The posting the colors and participate in the Service Songs Medley.  Joining the program will be several retired veterans from the different branches of our Armed Forces.  Included is the U.S.M.C. Rifle Honor Guard 18 & 56 who will perform a gun salute.  Show Band Trumpeter Mike Pfister will play taps and the Invocation will be given by Pastor Gary Keith.

The outstanding musicians of the Show Band will be featured on several patriotic selections that include "This Is My Country," "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," "Over There," "A Salute To Our Veterans March," and the exciting concert finale "Victory At Sea."

The performance will be narrated by Christina Martinez, Principal of Chaffey High School and Dr. James Hammond, Superintendent of the Ontario Montclair School District.

Join us for a special night of music and don't 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 Merton Hill Auditorium and at other venues throughout the community.  All performances are free to the public.

Your Band Director,