The ukulele is a unique instrument with a rich history and tradition dating back to the 1800s. It first appeared in Hawaii as an adaption of the Portuguese machete, a small guitar-like instrument introduced by Portuguese immigrants. The ukulele has been performed by popular artists ranging from Don Ho, Hawaii’s most famous singer and worldwide entertainer to Eddie Vedder of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame “grunge” band, Pearl Jam. If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at this tiny musical marvel, now is your chance! The Veterans and the Arts Initiative is offering the Veteran community ukulele classes in August. Register for Session 1: August 6 & 8 or Session II: August 27 & 29. Classes are FREE to Veterans, Servicemembers, their families, and military caregivers. Musicians of all skill levels are invited, as each session will include Level I (beginner) or Level II ( intermediate) courses.
Instruments will be provided to participants during the sessions led by Glen McCarthy, guitar instructor at Mason Community Arts Academy and George Mason University, who has shared his expertise with the community during Veterans Day events at the Hylton Center. Learn More
The Hylton Center’s Veterans and the Arts Initiative ukulele sessions are an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, Creative Forces ®: NEA Military Healing Arts Network, a partnership with the U.S. Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs and the state and local arts agencies with administrative support provided by Americans for the Arts.