Rockin’ with Lt. Dan

| February 18, 2011 | 0 Comments
Audience members rock onstage with Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band at Schofield Barracks, Saturday. The band was created in February 2004 and has played throughout the world, averaging 30-40 shows per year – 75 percent of those shows are for the USO, charities or benefits.(Sgt. Karl Williams | 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Audience members rock onstage with Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band at Schofield Barracks, Saturday. The band was created in February 2004 and has played throughout the world, averaging 30-40 shows per year – 75 percent of those shows are for the USO, charities or benefits.(Sgt. Karl Williams | 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Sgt. Karl Williams
25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division

 

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Actor/musician Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band delivered an early Valentine’s Day present to U.S. Army-Hawaii in the form of a free concert, here, Saturday.

Sinise and his band entertained more than 1,000 Soldiers, family members, veterans and retirees at the Martinez Physical Fitness Center.

The band played songs associated with artists as diverse as Stevie Wonder, Kelly Clarkson, Jimi Hendrix and Beyonce — and twice invited members of the audience onstage.

Jeff Vezain (right), a vocalist in the band, and Sinise entertain the crowd of Soldiers and families. (Pfc. Matthew Hughes | 2nd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 25th Combat Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division)

Jeff Vezain (right), a vocalist in the band, and Sinise entertain the crowd of Soldiers and families. (Pfc. Matthew Hughes | 2nd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 25th Combat Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division)

This year was the fourth that the Lt. Dan Band has performed in Hawaii.

Sinise, who is widely known for his role as Lt. Dan in the 1994 movie “Forest Gump,” and currently stars in the television series “CSI: New York,” said he was happy to perform for the Soldiers and their families who give so much to our nation in a time of war.

Many of Sinise’s own family members have served in the military, he said, and the band’s guitarist/vocalist Kimo Williams, is a Vietnam War veteran.

“The intent of the event was to thank Schofield Barracks Soldiers and their families for their everyday sacrifices,” said Sinise, during a backstage interview.

“It’s very important that we give back to these volunteers who serve our nation, because they’re on the front lines for us, and they need to know we care,” he added.

The band performs about 40 shows a year with the USO, including concerts for deployed Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to the band’s website.

Sinise has been involved with veterans’ groups for 20 years and has performed with the USO since June 2003.

 

“I remember how the Vietnam veterans were treated when they returned home,” he said. “Having been involved with Vietnam veterans over the years, I wanted to help out. So, one of the things a celebrity can do is call up the USO and say ‘send me (on a trip.) I’ll go wherever you want.’”

Sinise also said he appreciates every Soldier’s commitment and the jobs each one does, every single day.

“Everywhere (our service members) are serving, I just want to let them know that they’re appreciated,” the entertainer emphasized. “I’m appreciative for what they are doing for our country, and I don’t take their sacrifices or their families’ sacrifices for granted.”

The USO and TriWest Healthcare Alliance sponsored the Lt. Dan Band concert.

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