“Ten years ago, I could never have predicted that this band would have traveled the world and performed hundreds of shows for thousands of great people.”
Welcome to the new LT Dan Band website.
Ten years ago, I could never have predicted that this band would have performed hundreds of shows for thousands of great people all over the world. Our performances for our service members on military bases around the globe have meant so much, and each time we play a concert that is open to the public I am amazed at the outpouring of love and kindness. So far this year we have returned to some of the bases we have played in the past along with a few that we visited for the first time. We return to Okinawa again this year, and for the first time to mainland Japan, all for the USO. The band will also be playing many non-military shows as well. On June 13 we play Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Illinois. A special moment as I worked there as a groundskeeper when I was 19 years old.
We will continue to support many organizations that are working hard for our veterans, wounded warriors and families. Our shows for Snowball Express in Dallas, Salute to the Troops in Las Vegas and the Disabled American Veterans convention in Orlando are on the schedule and once again, in support of my foundation, The Gary Sinise Foundation (www.garysinisefoundation.org) , the band will be playing ten concerts to raise money to build specially designed smart homes for eleven severely wounded warriors through our GSF Building For Americas Bravest partnership with the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. And also 4 GSF Invincible Spirit Festivals designed to bring fun, food and music to military hospitals around the country. Keep an eye open here on the website for shows that are open to the public and come see us if we are in your area.
I want to let you know that although we read all the guestbook comments, due to the great number of entries we receive we cannot respond individually. Please know that we are grateful and that your comments mean a lot. It gives us a sense that people are aware of what we have been up to, and knowing that is always a great incentive to keep going.
Personally, I have made it a particular mission to do what I can to draw attention to our military and first responder communities and to make sure they know they are remembered and appreciated. Whether through performing with the band, supporting a military charity or visiting the war zones and hospitals to shake some hands and take some pictures, all of it helps them know that there are people out there who are aware of their sacrifices and who understand the importance of keeping our military families strong in difficult times. It is important to remember that these defenders are volunteers. There is no draft. Military service is something that we all have a choice to do or not to do. And I am grateful that there are Americans that have made the choice to serve. Especially in such dangerous and uncertain times. What would we do if no one wanted to defend this great country?
So, if you see someone in uniform, just know that taking the time to thank them will mean a lot. They don't ask much at all. They are just doing what they signed up to do. But that little gesture of gratitude from a stranger will make their day.
Once again, thanks to all of you for your support of the Lt. Dan Band. Again, I encourage you to check out the calendar on the website to see if we will be playing near you in the coming year and go to www.garysinisefoundation.org to see what the GS Foundation is all about.
Hope to see you at one of our shows this year.