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‘Motown’s Greatest Hits’ coming to Chaffey High

The Ontario Chaffey Community Show Band and the Milhiser family are proud to present March’s featured concert, “Motown’s Greatest Hits.” The concert is scheduled for Monday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m. at the Gardiner Spring Auditorium, located on the campus of Chaffey High School, 1245 N. Euclid Ave. in Ontario.

The March program features a repertoire of famous Motown hits, according to a news release. The Show Band will also pay a musical tribute to former Chaffey High School teacher and Night Blooming Jazzmen founder and cornetist Chet Jaeger, who passed away in January.

The program will include an arrangement of “Dixieland Jam,” in tribute to Jaeger who performed the piece years ago under the direction of Maestro Jack Mercer. The selection is said to include a Dixieland combo comprised of Show Band musicians who will perform with the Show Band Dixieland hits which include “Basin Street Blues,” “Maple Leaf Rag,” “Tin Roof Blues,” “When the Saints Go Marching In” and “Bill Bailey.”

The concert will also feature guest vocalist Peter Shultz along with Show Band musicians Mike Pfister, Francisco Mowatt, and Assistant Director Pat Arnold. Shultz will perform three Motown hits: “My Girl,” “My Cherie Amour” and “Overjoyed.” Pfister, a trumpeter, will perform a flugelhorn solo on “Oh What a Night,” and alto saxophonist Mowatt will be featured on an exciting arrangement of “Please Mister Postman.” Assistant Director and tenor saxophonist will play his rendition of “Money.”

The musicians of the Show Band will also be featured on three Motown hits; a medley entitled “Motown Magic” that includes “Stop! In the Name Of Love,” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “You Are the Sunshine Of My Life.” They will also perform “Under the Boardwalk,” with the concert concluding with “We Are Family.”

Join the band for a great night of memorable music. Parking is available at both the Fourth and Fifth Street parking lots adjacent to the school. Come early at 7:00 p.m. to enjoy The “Woodwind Celebration” in the auditorium lobby. The Motown performance will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The concert will be emceed by Jim Milhiser, current treasurer for the City of Ontario along with The Friends of the Show Band and Mike Milhiser, former City Manager of Montclair, Ontario, and Upland.

All performances are free and open to the public. The concert will also be broadcast on local Ontario cable Channel 3. Check your local listings for the date and time.

Donations are always welcomed to the Friends of the Ontario Chaffey Community Show Band. Checks may be made out to, Friends of the OCCSB, P.O. Box 1512, Ontario, CA 91762. You can also support the Show Band by feeding its “Hungry Tuba,” located in the auditorium lobby each concert.

For more information, visit the Show Band’s website at showband.net or contact Dr. Gabe Petrocelli at gabe@showband.net.

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