The U.S. Tour of Duty is part of a cultural revival led by civic-minded military veterans and their allies. We develop the artistic abilities and creative expression of veterans, and nurture relationships between veterans and the general public for the greater good. FREE video production, dance, theater and music workshops are held at the Villages at Cabrillo in Long Beach, the Main Library in Long Beach, and The Vortex in Los Angeles. A blueprint for nationwide deployment is now in development.

The Rock Club, presented by U.S. Tour of Duty in association with Rock For Vets, is dedicated to improving the lives and well-being of veterans by facilitating their engagement with other vets and the community. Coached by Frank McIllquham and Charles Fearing, participants reap the rewards of the small successes they experience while learning to perform as part of a band. FREE for everyone. No experience necessary. 1 to 3PM Tuesdays in the Social Hall.

Will Nephew coaches songwriters and musicians who collaborate with each other. It’s all about harnessing the healing energy of music through composing, playing as a band, and recording. Have fun expressing yourself, working as a group, and experiencing the natural high only music can produce. Maybe your song will be performed in one of our variety shows! FREE for everyone. No experience necessary. 4 to 5:30PM Thursdays in the Gateway Community Kitchen.

Nannette Brodie, the artistic director and principal choreographer for the Nannette Brodie Dance Theatre (NBDT), leads FREE weekly classes and rehearsals for our upcoming variety shows. The workshop is aimed at teens (13-18), and will include various styles of dance from jazz to contemporary to hip hop. According to Nannette, “Dance should be a celebration, an exploration of ourselves and our environment, of our culture and our world.” NBDT has given performances for over 275,000 people both within the Southern California area and by touring nationally and internationally, averaging 15 to 25 performances a year. In collaboration with musicians in our performance and songwriting workshops, Nannette will choreograph original compositions for U.S. Tour of Duty variety shows. No experience necessary. 4:30 to 5:30 Wednesdays in Anchor Studio.

Please support our cultural revival. Your donation will enable us to provide additional FREE workshops for veterans. Thank you!