“In 2003, I could never have predicted that over ten 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.
In 2003, I could never have predicted that over ten 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 2013 we performed at some of the bases we have played in the past and a few that we visited for the first time. Overseas we returned to Okinawa and for the first time to mainland Japan, all for the USO. The band also played a few non-military shows as well. On June 13, 2013 we played at Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Illinois. A special moment as I worked there as a groundskeeper when I was 19 years old.
In the coming year we will continue to support many organizations that are working hard for our veterans, wounded warriors and families. Our shows at Skyball and Snowball Express in Dallas and our Salute to the Troops event in Las Vegas, in partnership with American Airlines, USO Metro and MGM International will be on the schedule and once again, in support of my foundation, The Gary Sinise Foundation (www.garysinisefoundation.org) and our R.I.S.E. program ( Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment ), the band will be playing concerts to raise funds and awareness to build specially designed smart homes for severely wounded warriors. And also our GSF Invincible Spirit Festivals, with our GSF partner, celebrity chef Robert Irvine, designed to bring fun, food and music to military hospitals around the country, will continue with three on the schedule already. Please check the BLOG page on the foundation website to see what these festivals are all about. 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, 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 about. The Lt Dan Band is part of GSF, a non profit foundation. So your support of the foundation will help ensure that we can continue to bring much 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.