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Lt. Dan Band coming back to Fort Sill

Two years ago, Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band thrilled the crowd gathered on the Fort Sill Polo Field, and April 6 they will return for another free concert.

Sinise may be best known for his performance in the Academy Award-winning movie "Forrest Gump" in which he played the role of Lt. Dan Taylor.

In fact, Sinise's performance in the film was so iconic that it led to many people instantly recognizing him on the street as "Lt. Dan." 

Instead of attempting to distance himself from the role Sinise embraced the title, forming the Lt. Dan Band as well as the Gary Sinise Foundation.

Sinise is a dedicated supporter of veterans, service members, first responders and their families. He and his band have played concerts on military bases around the world. His band's slogan "Honor, Gratitude, Rock & Roll" is an expression of the spirit and style of Lt. Dan Band shows.

The band's concerts are designed to honor active-duty service members, as well as veterans and first responders. The band performs a diverse range of music from classic rock to pop. Their set list includes covers by bands such as The Who, The Beatles, Mariah Carey, Stevie Wonder, Florida Georgia Line and Bruno Mars.

"It will be a three-act concert. The opening act will be Chris Bullard, followed by Stolen Silver, and then of course Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band," said Logan Ralston, Fort Sill's Commercial Sponsorship and Advertising Coordinator for Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

The concert will kick off the Henry Post Army Airfield's centennial celebration.

"It's kind of like a two-day event  the airshow is April 7 and that's open to the public as well," Ralston said. "The air show will involve static displays at the event site, a kid's zone and food vendors."

While Ralston could not yet confirm what planes would be involved in the airshow, he believed there would be a couple of different models, including World War II-era planes.

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