Music Is the Remedy
Calling All Vets! Bands Now Forming!
Get your friends together for some good times at OC Music and Dance. All styles of music welcome! Bring your instruments, your repertoire and get ready to make some music.
We invite you to jive, groove, rock and jam
• Onsite 8-week sessions
• Ensembles of 4 – 10 musicians
• 90-minute rehearsals once/week at the Great Park
• Professional coaching from OCMD faculty
• Final Concert (Live or Live-streamed) in March
FREE to Veterans. Rehearsals Start January 2021 – No Audition Necessary!
Participants will be placed in ensembles of 4-10 musicians. While there is no audition required to participate in Operation Gig, we will do our best to place you with a group of musicians with similar skills, experience, and musical interests. Each band will select their own band leader, who will be responsible for rehearsal organization and repertoire selection.
Placement decisions aim to create the right balance of instruments and vocalists needed for the different musical genres. If you want to play in the same band with friends and colleagues, just let us know. We’ll do our best to make that happen.
How to Apply – Open to Active Duty, Vets, and Their Families (Age 16+)
You must be either a member on active duty in the U.S. military or a U.S. military veteran. Family members, including your spouse, children or grandchildren are also eligible, if each meets the requirements below and there is space available in the band to which you are assigned. Scroll down to fill out our online application at the bottom of this page.
♦ Minimum age: 16
♦ Intermediate/advanced level of musician.**
♦ Available to attend weekly rehearsals
**If you are a beginner player, we have group lessons available for you! Check the box in the application below to let us know your interest.
Required Health Screenings
Every participant, coach, and coordinator will receive a brief health screening before each rehearsal or group gathering. For more information, please read our health protocols.