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April concert in Ontario celebrates 1950s music

The Ontario Chaffey Community Show Band and the City of Ontario will present “Music from the 50s” as part of the show band’s free monthly concert series on Monday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. at the band shell in Ontario Town Square located at 224 N. Euclid Avenue.

The April program is highlighted by a repertoire of hits from the golden age of popular music, the band wrote in a news release.

The concert features the Harmony Sisters, Tom “Elvis” Hill, Mike Pfister, and assistant director Pat Arnold. In addition, the group will pay tribute to Neil Foster, a member of the show band’s trumpet section who died last month.

The show band will open the evening’s performance with Bill Haley’s rousing “Rock Around the Clock,” featuring a tenor saxophone solo by Pat Arnold.

Trumpeter Mike Pfister will then play a flugelhorn solo entitled “Your Smile,” a composition written by Show Band Director Gabe Petrocelli, first performed a number of years ago by Neil Foster.

The band’s euphonium player, Tom “Elvis” Hill, will be featured in three Elvis Presley hits: “All Shook Up,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” and “Suspicious Minds.” Hill has been entertaining audiences for over a decade with his impersonation of the King of Rock ’n Roll.

Assistant director Pat Arnold, an instrumentalist and vocalist, will also perform on the saxophone and as a vocal soloist, and will conduct several of the songs performed by Hill.

The special guest artist of the evening is The Harmony Sisters. The group has been singing together since 2002 as the vocalists for the Bill Blanchard Little Big Band.  The group features Beverly Crowe, alto; Stacy Sturgis, soprano; and Renata Quijada, second soprano.

The Harmony Sisters will perform a variety of songs, including “Music Music Music,” “It’s All in the Game,” “Sugar Time,” “Since I Don’t Have You,” and “Teach Me Tonight.”

Crowe will be the featured soloist on “Walking After Midnight,” Sturgis in “What a Difference a Day Makes,” and Quijada in “Who’s Sorry Now.”  The group will join vocal soloist Pat Arnold as the background for “I Only Have Eyes for You.”

The concert will be narrated by Ontario Mayor Paul Leon, and Assistant Superintendent for the Chaffey Joint Unified School District Chris Hollister.

The performance is free to the public but you can also support the Show Band by feeding its Hungry Tuba located in front of the band shell.

For more information about the concert visit showband.net or email gabe@showband.net.

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