“In 2003, I could never have predicted that over twelve years later this band would have performed hundreds of shows for thousands of great people.”
Welcome to the Gary Sinise & The LT Dan Band website.
Back in 2003, I could never have predicted that over thirteen years later 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. In 2016 we have performed at some of the bases we have played in the past and some we were visiting for the first time. All in all, over 30 shows this year, mostly for military and veterans events.
We will continue to support many organizations that are working hard for our veterans, our wounded service members and their families. Our shows at Skyball and Snowball Express in Dallas and, in partnership with American Airlines, USO Metro and MGM International, our Salute to the Troops event in Las Vegas, will once again be on the schedule. And in support of my foundation, The Gary Sinise Foundation (www.garysinisefoundation.org) and our many programs including our R.I.S.E. program ( Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment ), the band will be playing concerts to raise spirits, funds and awareness for severely wounded warriors, their families and all who serve. Also, this year, our GSF Invincible Spirit Festivals, with our GSF Ambassador, celebrity chef Robert Irvine, brought fun, food and music to military hospitals around the country, and we will continue with these festivals next year. Please check the BLOG page and You Tube Channel on the foundation website to see what these festivals are all about.
As The LT Dan Band is a program of the foundation, your donations will help us to bring these much needed morale boosting events to our military hospitals throughout the year and help us to provide entertainment to military bases across the US and the world. Keep an eye open here on the band website for shows that are open to the public and come see us if we are in your area.
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, and appreciate, 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 I say thank you to our defenders and their families and suggest that 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.
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.
Once again, thanks to all of you for your support of the Lt. Dan Band. 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. Again, The Lt Dan Band is part of GSF, a non profit 501c3 foundation. So your support of the foundation will help ensure that we can continue to bring much about needed morale boosting entertainment to our troops and will help us raise additional funding and awareness through some of our concerts in support of our brave active duty service members, our veterans, our wounded, our first responders, their families and those in need.
Hope to see you at one of our shows this year.
All the best,