Show Band Christmas Concert Set For December 19 At Gardiner Spring Auditorium

The musicians of the Ontario Chaffey Community Show Band and Memory of Mary Watson Ortiz are proud to present Holidays Around the World on Monday, December 19, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. in Gardiner W. Spring Auditorium located on the campus of Chaffey High School, 1250 N. Euclid Ave. in Ontario.
Early concertgoers are invited to arrive at 7:00 p.m. to be entertained by the “Woodwind Celebration” ensemble in the lobby while enjoying complimentary coffee and cookies. The performance is free to the public.
The December concert celebrates the season with a repertoire of holiday music from countries around the world. Featured artists include the special guest appearance of former Show Band concertmaster and vocalist Chris McAleer. She will sing several holiday classics that include What Child Is This, My Favorite Things, the timeless holiday song White Christmas, a medley of sing-along Christmas carols, and a narration of Twas, The Night Before Christmas.McAleer will also sing a duet of Italian Christmas songs with musician/vocalist Isaac Gonzalez.
Show Band soloists include flutest Dana Rawlings who will perform Two Christmas Carols for Solo Flute, Natasha Le will sing Mary Did You Know? and a Mexican Christmas carol entitled A La Nanita Nana, and Assistant Director Pat Arnold who will sing Christmas Tree under the direction of Show Band musician Dr. David Grasmick. The concert will conclude with the iconic Christmas carol Silent Night.
The musicians of the Show Band will be featured on several Christmas carol medleys including Holiday Across The Sea that features holiday music from Bohemia, Israel, Frances, Wales, and Germany and the band’s Christmas Medley, a sing-along to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Jingle Bells, Here Comes Santa Claus, and Angels We Have Heard On High.
The performance will be narrated by Dr. Mathew Holton, superintendent of the Chaffey Joint Union High School District, and Mrs. Shana Holton.
You can support the Show Band by visiting and feeding the Hungry Tuba located in the lobby of the auditorium. The concert will be broadcast on local Ontario cable Channel 3. Check your cable listings for the date and time.
The Ontario Chaffey Community Show Band was founded in 1985 by R. Jack Mercer and is now under the direction of Dr. Gabe Petrocelli and assistant directors David Schaafsma and Pat Arnold. Adult musicians and students are invited to participate. Rehearsals are held on Monday evenings from 7 to 9:00 p.m. at the Chaffey High School Jack Mercer Band Room.

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