Sunday, June 16, 2019

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The Show Band’s June 17th Concert

The Ontario Chaffey Community Show Band and Holton Family are proud to present“An Evening on Broadway” on Monday, June 17, 2019 in Merton Hill Auditorium, located on the campus of Chaffey High School, on the corner of N. Euclid Ave. and Fifth Street in Ontario.  Early concert goers are invited to come at 7:00 p.m. to hear “The Woodwind Celebration,” an ensemble of musicians from the Show Band.  Complimentary cookies and Starbucks coffee will be served in the lobby.  The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.and is FREE to the public.

The Broadway Theatre has been an enormously popular source of entertainment for several centuries.  Its rich history includes names such as George and Ira Gershwin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, and Andrew Lloyd Weber.  The concert repertoire will include selections form eleven Broadway musicals.

The evening’s special guest artists will be vocalists Sheila Ruff and Brian Detwiler.  Both singers have entertained Show Band audiences on numerous concerts over the past decade.  Sheila will sing two selections from “Funny Girl,” “People” and “I’m the Greatest Star,” also “What I Did for Love” from “Chorus Line” and “Out There On My Own” from “Fame.”  Brian will sing two selections from “West Side Story,” “Maria” and “Tonight” and “What Kind of Fool Am I” from “Stop the World, I Want to Get Off.”  Show Band musician and vocalist Isaac Gonzalez will sing Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Starlight Express” and two selections from “Fiddler On the Roof,” “If I Were a Rich Man” and “Sunrise, Sunset.”  Show Band Concertmaster Chris McAleer will sing “On the Street Where You Live” from “My Fair Lady.”  In addition, the concert will feature the outstanding musicians of the Ontario Chaffey Community Show Band in selections from “Oklahoma,” “The Music Man,” and “The Sound of Music.”  The guest conductor is Dr. Jorge Garcia.  The performance will be narrated by Gary and Sue Ovitt.

Join us for a great night of Broadway show tunes 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 onFacebook, 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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