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Listen to “Music from Around the World”

On Monday, February 28, the Ontario Chaffey Community Show Band, along with Elegance Salon, will present its latest winter concert, “Music from Around the World.”

The show features a long list of talented soloists who will take the stage including Show Band musician and vocalist Isaac Gonzalez, trumpeters Mike Pfister and Steve Collins, longtime guest solo vocalist Brian Detwiler, vocalist Dr. George Matamala, guest guitarist Rusty Wise, and Dr. Sylvia Mann, music director and conductor of the Southland Symphony Orchestra.

The Show Band musicians are featured at the beginning of the concert in “Sunrise,” the opening theme of “Also Sprach Zarathustra.” Detwiler will then sing the concert’s theme song “Around the World in 80 Days,” “Bali Ha’i,” “The Girl From Ipanema,” and “Three Coins In a Fountain.”

Dr. Matamala will also sing two songs as tribute to Roman Foronda, “Smooth” and “Turn, Turn, Turn!”  Wise will sit in for Roman as the guitar soloist in “Europa.” Trumpeters Pfister and Collins will then perform an original composition, written by Show Band director Dr. Gabe Petrocelli, “The Streets Of Old San Juan.” Gonzalez will perform vocals in the Italian ballad “Al Di La.”  Dr. Mann performs as viola soloist in “Un Petit Medley Francais” featuring two songs from Paris entitled “Under Paris Skies” and “Le Vie en Rose.”

The concert will conclude with a performance under the baton of Dr. Mann in a medley of familiar songs from the British Isles, “A Brief Visit to Britannia.”

The concert will be narrated by Chaffey Adult School Principal Todd Haag and Chaffey Adult School teacher Debbie Haag. The Show Band will also pay tribute to Upland music icon and former Show Band member Roman “Roach” Foronda, who died in January 2022.

The concert will take place in Gardiner Spring Auditorium, located on the campus of Chaffey High School at 1245 N. Euclid Ave. in Ontario at 7:30 p.m. but early arrivals can witness “The Woodwind Celebration” in the auditorium lobby at 7 p.m.

The concert will be held indoors and all attendees must wear a face mask during the performance ,in addition to adhering to health restrictions in place due to the pandemic. The performance is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Fourth and Fifth street parking lots.

The concert will also be broadcast on local Ontario cable Channel 3, check your local listings for the program’s air date and time.

For more information, visit www.showband.net or contact Dr. Petrocelli at gabe@showband.net.  Donations are welcomed to the Friends of the Ontario Chaffey Community Show Band, and checks may be made to: Friends of the OCCSB, P.O. Box 1512, Ontario, CA 91762.  Attendees can also support the band by “feeding” the Hungry Tuba which will be set up in the lobby.

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