Thursday, November 1, 2018

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The Show Band’s November 12th Veterans Concert

The Ontario Chaffey Community Show Band is proud to present a special program titled “In Praise of Our Veterans” on Monday, November 12, 2018 at Merton Hill Auditorium located on the campus of Chaffey High School at the corner of N. Euclid Ave. and Fifth Street in Ontario.  The program will give thanks for our Veterans and our men and women serving in the United States Armed Forces.  Early concert goers are invited to come at 7:00 p.m. to listen to the Woodwind Celebration and enjoy complimentary cookies and Starbucks coffee in the lobby.  The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and is FREE to the public.

The concert is divided into two parts and hosted by Jim and Cathi Cronin.  The first half opens with an inspirational a cappella performance of our National Anthem.  The Chaffey High School Naval JrROTC Color Guard follows with the posting of the colors.  Each branch of the armed forces will be introduced with a medley of service songs honoring the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Merchant Marines, and the U.S. Air Force.  The featured vocal soloist is Show Band Concertmaster Chris McAleer.  Also in attendance will be the Memorial Honor Detail 18 Military Rifle Team to perform a 21-gun salute honoring all veterans living and those who gave their lives in defense of our country.  The rifle salute is followed by “Taps” by Show Band trumpeter Mike Pfister.  The first half concludes with “The Navy Hymn.”

The second half of the program features the outstanding musicians of the Ontario Chaffey Community Show Band conducted by Director Dr. Gabe Petrocelli and Assistant Director Pat Arnold.  The patriotic repertoire includes “Yankee Doodle/Chester,” “Goin’ Home” with vocal soloist Chris McAleer, “Valley Forge March,” “Star-Spangled Spectacular,” “The 56-Star Flag” narrated by Mr. Gary Ovitt, and closing with Richard Rodgers’ famous military orchestral suite “Victory at Sea.”

Join us for a special 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 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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