Show Band Concert Newsletter

Current Newsletter / The Show Band's February 17th Concert
Posted on January 30th, 2020

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

TO: Our Show Band Family
FROM: Your Band Director
WHAT'S UP? Love Story
WHERE? Gardiner W. Spring Auditorium
WHEN? Monday, February 17, 2020
WHAT TIME? 7:30 pm Sharp
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? $0000000000.00

Dear Friends and Music Lovers,

The Ontario Chaffey Community Show Band and Elks Lodge #1419 of Ontario are proud to present "Love Story" on Monday, February 17, 2020 at Gardiner W. Spring Auditorium, located on the campus of Chaffey High School at 1250 N. Euclid Ave. in Ontario.  Early concert goers are invited to enjoy complimentary cookies and Starbucks coffee served in the lobby at 7:00 p.m. with pre-concert entertainment provided by the Woodwind Celebration.  The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. and is FREE to the public.

The Show Band has compiled a collection of famous love songs in celebration of Valentine's Day.  The concert will feature two special guest artists;  singers Dr. George Matamala and Marilyn Sherwood.  Also, highlighting the program are Show Band soloists Isaac Gonzalez, Sandra McDaniel, Francisco Mowatt, Mike Pfister, Pat Arnold, and Kathy Soderlund.

Dr. George Matamala is no stranger to the Show Band stage.  He has appeared a number of times as a vocal soloist on our Latin music performances.  During the day, he works as an administrator in the Chaffey Joint Union High School District.  However, his real love is music.  George has a wonderful tone quality and is equally comfortable singing in both English and Spanish.  He will be featured on Sting's "Every Breath You Take," the Wings and Paul McCartney hit "My Love," the haunting ballad "Unchained Melody," and the Mexican hit song "El Dia Que Me Quiera" (The Day I Love).

Marilyn Sherwood is an excellent pop singer and a long-time friend of the Show Band.  She is able to sing in many different styles and fits in well performing with combos and bands.  She has a delightful voice and will sing a Peggy Lee favorite "I Love Being With You," and "It's Almost Like Being in Love."

Show Band musician and vocalist Isaac Gonzalez will sing two beautiful love songs;  "Love Letters" and "When I Fall In Love."  Making her singing debut on the Show Band stage is Sandra McDaniel, an important member of the Show Band clarinet section.  Sandy will wear a different hat and sing the timeless love song "Stardust."  Show Band Alto Saxophonist Francisco Mowatt will be featured on "Never Let Me Go," a lovely ballad made famous by singer Nancy Wilson.  Assistant Director Pat Arnold will perform a tenor sax solo on the beautiful song "Love Dance."  Also featured on the concert is Show Band musician and dancer Kathy Soderlund.  She is a very talented arts person who plays the alto saxophone and designs artistic choreography for the dances she performs.  Kathy will dance to an original composition written by Show Band Director Dr. Gabe Petrocelli entitled "Tango de Amor."  She will also dance to the music of Richard Rodgers in "No Other Love Have I."  The piece also features Show Band flugelhorn soloist Mike Pfister.

For the concert's finale, Dr. George Matamala, Marilyn Sherwood and Isaac Gonzales will return to stage to perform with the Show Band on the Beatles hit song "All You Need Is Love."

Join us for a great night of music while having a hot cup of FREE STARBUCKS COFFEE, and put some green stuff in the Hungry Tuba.  We will also have many of our DVD's available for a small donation.  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 Show Band is looking for volunteers to join the Show Band family.  If you are interested in donating your time at our concerts in any of the following areas listed below, please contact Dr. Petrocelli at

  1. Photographer:  Be available to take pictures during the concert.  Must have your own camera equipment, release all rights to the photographs and transmit the photos to the Show Band staff for promotional use.
  2. Hospitality:  Assist the hospitality team before each concert in serving cookies and coffee.
  3. Slide Show Operator:  Operate the slide projector during each concert.  No experience necessary but you will need to follow along with the show script and understand the musical theme of each concert - after that, just push a button.

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,