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Gary Sinise Returning to EAA AirVenture with Lt. Dan Band

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    Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band will return to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in 2015 for a July 24 performance.
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    Actor Gary Sinise plays bass in the Lt. Dan Band.

May 4, 2015 - Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band will return to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in 2015 as the grand finale of a daylong salute to veterans on Friday, July 24. Performing for the fifth time at EAA AirVenture since 2008, the popular band will be hosted by the DAV (Disabled American Veterans) and EAA Warbirds of America at the Boeing Plaza stage.

Sinise, best known for his role as Vietnam veteran Lt. Dan Taylor in the classic film “Forrest Gump,” and as star of the hit TV series CSI: New York, plays bass in The Lt. Dan Band and is a well-known supporter of veterans and active-duty personnel. Other highlights to salute veterans include extended warbird aircraft performances during the afternoon air show, a flight line parade honoring veterans, and more.

The concert is included with the day’s admission to EAA AirVenture.

“The performance by Gary and the band is always outstanding, but we know that we’re doing this to honor all the veterans and active duty personnel who are here at AirVenture,” said Harold Cannon, president of EAA Warbirds of America.

The Lt. Dan Band covers everything from Bruce Springsteen to Beyonce, and the Zac Brown Band to Jimi Hendrix. Following the band’s first concert in front of thousands at EAA’s Theater in the Woods in 2008, Warbirds of America and the DAV teamed to sponsor the band’s return in 2010, 2011 and 2013.

“The DAV is thrilled to bring our message of service to America’s veterans and their families to this year’s air show at Oshkosh,” said DAV National Commander Ron Hope. “Sponsoring such a talented band is our way of thanking the patriotic citizens who attend events like this in their unwavering support of honoring the men and women who served.”

The 1.2 million-member DAV, a non-profit organization founded in 1920 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1932, represents this nation’s disabled veterans. It is dedicated to a single purpose: fulfilling our promises to the men and women who served. 

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