Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band Rock the Fourth with a USO Concert in Germany!

Gary Sinise and The Lt. Dan Band hit the stage to celebrate troops and their families at USAG Grafenwoher, Germany, July 4, 2010. (USO Photo by Jaimie Goloyugo)

“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Independence Day than being with the men and women of our armed forces. The band and I are always happy to hit the road with the USO.  We love performing for troops, because their sacrifices make it possible for the rest of us to live our lives.  They deserve so much more, and this is just one way for us to let them know we appreciate what they do.” – Gary Sinise

Emmy Award-winning actor Gary Sinise and his 12-member band, the Lt. Dan Band, celebrated Independence Day with over 4,000 military families at an exclusive USO concert, sponsored by TriWest Health Care Alliance, at U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr in Germany, July 4, 2010.  Over the past seven years, Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band have entertained nearly 150,000 troops and military families in the U.S., Japan, South Korea and Afghanistan.

On Saturday, July 10, Sinise and band will travel to Italy to put on another USO show, also sponsored by TriWest, for troops and military families serving at NSA Naples.  Can’t make it to Italy?  Then check out the Jonathan Flora documentary “Lt. Dan Band: For the Common Good,” which chronicled the band’s journey around the globe in support of U.S. troops.  It’s almost like being on the front row.

As always, we love having Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band on tour in support of our Troops.  If you were there, let us know what you thought of the concert!  And be sure to check out more pictures below…

More than 4,000 military families gathered at USAG Grafenwoehr, Germany to celebrate Independence Day with a USO concert featuring Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band, July 4, 2010. (USO Photo by Jamie Goloyugo)

Gary Sinise and his bandmates get up close and personal with Troops and their families at USAG Grafenwoher for their USO concert celebrating Independence Day. (USO Photo by Jamie Goloyugo)

USO President and CEO Sloan Gibson accompanied Sinise and bandmates to Germany, and also took time out to visit with Troops along the way. (USO photo by Jamie Goloyugo)

Vocalist Jeff Vezain (l) and Gary Sinise lead the band in a crowd favorite. Sinise formed The Lt. Dan Band with Chicago composer/Vietnam veteran Kimo Williams (not shown) in 2003, and they continue to perform 30 to 40 shows annually. (USO Photo by Jamie Goloyugo)

Kevin Costner & Modern West Perform Exclusive USO Concert for Troops and Military Families in Germany

Academy Award-winning actor/producer Kevin Costner and his six-member band, Modern West, recently took time away from their jam-packed European tour to perform a free USO/Armed Forces Entertainment concert for troops and their families at U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr, March 20.  Hundreds of Soldiers Attend the Grafenwoehr Show and Rock Out with Actor.

This was the first USO tour for the acclaimed actor and his band, which formed in 2005.  Prior to the concert, Costner signed autographs for troops and their families at the USO center in Grafenwoehr, accompanied by an opening performance by Nashville-based singer-songwriter Sara Beck.

Costner had this to say about the experience: “It was an honor for us to participate in this USO concert.  We’ve toured around the world but there is something very special about being onstage in front of our U.S. armed forces and their families.”  We’re glad Modern West visited the USO, too! Check out the photo essay below…

Kevin Costner & Modern West perform an impromptu set at the USO Grafenwoehr center in Germany, March 20, 2010. Costner and his band recently took time away from their jam-packed tour schedule to perform an exclusive USO concert for military families. (USO Photo by Jaime Goloyugo)

Kevin Costner is greeted by troops as he arrives at USAG Grafenwoehr on March 20, 2010. "Kevin Costner & Modern West" recently took time away from their overseas schedule to perform an exclusive, free USO concert for military families. (USO Photo by Jamie Goloyugo)

Kevin Costner & Modern Modern West treat troops and their families to an exclusive USO concert at Grafenwoehr, Germany, March 20, 2010. The award-winning actor and his band took time away from their overseas touring schedule to visit with and perform for troops. (USO Photo by Jamie Goloyugo)

Kevin Costner poses with service members at Grafenwoehr, Germany, March 20, 2010. Costner and his band Modern West, recently took time away from their overseas tour schedule to perform and exclusive USO concert for troops and their families. (USO Photo by Jamie Goloyugo)

Kevin Costner signs autographs for troops and their families at USO Grafenwoehr center in Germany, March 20, 2010. Costner and his band, Kevin Costner & Modern West, put on an exclusive, free USO concert for military families in Germany. (USO Photo by Jamie Goloyugo)