When this band got started in 2003, I could never have predicted that for the next eighteen years we would perform over 500 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 to me. Supporting the men and women who sacrifice in defense of our country is the reason I began volunteering my time to perform with the band and it is the core mission and purpose I continue to play. And each time we play a concert that is open to the public, I am amazed at the outpouring of love and kindness. In 2020 we were scheduled to perform at some bases we have played in the past, and some we were going to visit for the first time. We had over 25 shows scheduled, almost entirely for military, veterans and first responder events, but of course due to the global pandemic, all but one, our annual Invincible Spirit Festival at Naval Medical Center in San Diego, was cancelled. As we were unable to take the children of our fallen on our Gary Sinise Foundation Snowball Express trip to Disney World, the band was able to record a concert on video that we put online for our virtual Snowball event. But that was all for the band in 2020. We look forward to one day getting back to what we love to do. Honor. Gratitude and Rock and Roll.
The LT Dan Band is a program of the Gary Sinise Foundation and your donations will help us provide so many needed services to our veterans, first responders and their families, including bringing these much-needed morale-boosting events to our military hospitals throughout the year and help us 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 please come see us if we are in your area, hopefully later this year.
Personally, I have made it my 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. Service is something that we all have a choice to do, or not to do, and I am grateful that there are Americans who 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? I like to say thank you to our defenders and their families and suggest that if you see someone in uniform, military personnel, a police officer, a fire fighter, an EMT, just know that taking the time to thank them will mean a lot. They don't ask for 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.
Thanks to all of you who have supported and continue to support the Lt. Dan Band. And I encourage you to check out the foundation website at www.garysinisefoundation.org to see what the GS Foundation is all about. There, you can also check our merchandise page for some great items, including a copy of my book, Grateful American: A journey from self to service.
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 I am personally 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. And again, I’m so thankful to all of you who support the band through the Gary Sinise Foundation. Your help will ensure that we can continue to bring much-needed morale-boosting entertainment to 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 later this year.
All the best,