Thursday, August 8, 2019


Ontario Chaffey Community Show Band Concert

The Ontario Chaffey Community Show Band and the City of Ontario are proud to present “Summer Time with the Show Band” as part of the City of Ontario Concert Series at the Ontario Town Square.  Also the opening concert of the Show Band’s 2019-2020 concert season, on a special night of the week and time, at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 14th, 2019.  Bring your lawn chairs and/or blanket and make your own spot in the grass in front of the Bandshell at the beautiful Ontario Town Square, located one block east of N. Euclid Ave. at the corner of “B” Street and Lemon Street in Ontario.  The performance is FREE to the public.

The concert will include a collection of popular songs and marches featuring a group of talented soloists and the outstanding musicians of the Ontario Chaffey Community Show Band.  The band will begin with “Amparito Roca” a famous march written by Spanish composer Jaime Teixidor.  Saxophone soloist Francisco Mowatt will perform “Born Free” the title song from the 1966 movie.  Talented trumpeter Aaron Holguin is featured on the beautiful ballad “Afternoon in August.”  Concert goers will be in for an exciting treat with two Elvis Presley hits “Hound Dog” and “Heartbreak Hotel” performed by Show Band euphonium player and vocalist Tom “Elvis” Hill.  Assistant Director and saxophonist Pat Arnold will be highlighted on “This Magic Moment,” a hit recorded by The Drifters, and a special arrangement of “Love Dance.”

Our special guest artist is Peter Schultz, a newcomer to the Show Band stage.  Peter has had a forty-year career performing in films, commercials, community theatre and off-Broadway productions.  He will sing two popular songs “I Wish You Love” and “One for My Baby.”  The Show Band’s repertoire also includes Henry Mancini’s “Theme from The Pink Panther” and Show Band Guitarist Roman Foranda is showcased on an exciting version of The Beatles’ hit “Eleanor Rigby.”  Concertmaster and solo vocalist Chris McAleer will sing “Love Is Just Around the Corner” and “See You In September.”  The concert concludes with the march “The Bandmaster” that pays homage to Show Band founder Maestro Jack Mercer.  The performance will be narrated by Mr. Nick Adams.

Join us for a great night of music under the stars and put some green stuff in the Hungry Tuba.  We will also have many of our DVD’s available for a small donation.  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 $2,500.  For more information on sponsoring a show, contact director Dr. Gabe Petrocelli at [email protected].  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.


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