The Ontario Chef Community Show Band and Chef Adult School musicians will perform the “Welcome Back: It’s Been A Long, Long Time” concert on September 20 at 7:30 pm to 7:30 pm in the northern quarter of Chaffee High School.
Free Concert Hall will be the band’s first performance since February 2020 and will be held outside the coronavirus epidemic. The North Quarter is to the north and back to the Gardiner W. Spring Auditorium at 1250 n.
Although there are some seats on the lunch table at the south end of the quadrangle, those in attendance are advised to bring lawn chairs. Restrooms are available at the Music Building, and parking will be available at 4th Street and 5th Street Locks.
The concert program includes September and patriotic music, as well as several procession songs. Featured solo artists are concertmaster and vocalist Chris McEliar, clarinetist and vocalist Sandra MacDonald, assistant director and tenor saxophone soloist Patrick Arnold and drummer Steve Stargis.
The band is directed by Gabe Petroselli.
Admission is free, although donations to “Hungry Tuba” are welcome. DVDs of the band will be available for a small grant.
The concert will also be broadcast on Ontario Cable Channel 3.
The Ontario Chaff Community Show Band was founded in 1985 by R. Jack Mercer and is now directed by Gabe Petroselli and assistant directors David Schaffsma and Pat Arnold. Band members represent at least two dozen communities across Southern California.
Adult musicians and students are invited to participate. The rehearsal was held Monday evening from 7-9pm at the Chaffee High School Jack Mercer Band Room. The band performs monthly concerts on the campus of Chaffee High School and elsewhere in the community. All performances are free to the public.
For information about the band and the September 20 concert, visit www.showband.net.