Want to Help? Serve as a Volunteer

Operation Gig and Project Beat



Make a Difference! Serve as a Special Programs Volunteer.

Orange County Music and Dance (“OCMD”) welcomes your interest in serving as a volunteer for  Operation Gig and/or Project Beat, our two special programs for veterans and law enforcement officers.

Operation Gig is a program of music, healing and community for veterans and their families.

Project Beat is a similar program designed for law enforcement officers and their families.


How the Programs Work

We will be organizing and supporting multiple ensembles of four to ten musicians, consisting of mixed instrumentalists and vocalists with similar levels of skills, interests, and availability. OCMD has committed to providing professional music coaches for each band, instruments and equipment if needed, facilities for practice, and will be serving as host for a final concert (Operation Gig), and Battle of the Bands (Project Beat).


Program Goals

Over the past year our veterans and law enforcement officers (LEOs) have suffered a disproportionate level of stress, and have faced increased physical and emotional risks. At OCMD, we believe that music decreases anxiety and agitation, reduces depression, and provides a safe emotional release. It takes us to another place where external pressures are relieved, our minds become clear, and our bodies relax.

We will consider our programs successful if participants have a great time, enjoy playing and  performing, build new friendship and community, and feel better about themselves and others.


Program Locations

Our school is located at 17620 Fitch Ave Ste. 160 in Irvine, CA.  While some rehearsals will take place at the school, many of the rehearsals will occur at the Great Park in Irvine and other venues throughout Orange County. We are grateful that Five Point Communities, the owner of Great Park, has offered to host rehearsals and provide multiple venues for us. Until conditions change, all the venues will be outdoors under canopies, which will include power and lighting.


How You Can Help

Our volunteer coordinators will be on hand to help coordinate transportation, copies of musical scores, and anything else band members might need. They will also act as a liaison between Music Coaches, Band Leaders, and Band Members. Volunteers are an integral part of making sure these programs run smoothly, successfully, and to everyone’s benefit!


Volunteer Interest Form

If you are interested in serving as a volunteer to either a veterans band (Operation Gig) or law enforcement officers’ band (Project Beat), please complete the following form and click submit. For questions please email walter@ocmusicdance.org.