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Gary Sinise and his Lt. Dan Band will play a benefit concert July 27 to raise money for Building for America’s Bravest, which is helping to build a house for Cpl. Tyler Huffman, who was paralyzed in Afghanistan.

Gary Sinise and his Lt. Dan Band will play a benefit concert July 27 to raise money for Building for America’s Bravest, which is helping to build a house for Cpl. Tyler Huffman, who was paralyzed in Afghanistan.

Long before he was Forrest Gump’s Lt. Dan, Detective Mac Taylor or even Harry Truman, Gary Sinise was a musician who loved playing the bass.

Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Apple Creek Farm in Centertown.

Sinise said he got his first guitar when he was in fourth grade and for the most part, has played ever since.

“I have had bands from sixth grade until I was in my early 20s,” he said. “I played through high school when I started acting.”

Although his acting career is what Sinise is known for, he says it is that career that makes it possible for him to play the music he loves for so many people.

In 1997, Sinise and his friend Kimo Williams met and began to “jam” regularly.

After the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Sinise began to tour with the USO, but did not perform musically on tour at that time. In February 2004, Sinise called Williams and they gathered a band and began to rehearse.

“I am active in volunteering and helping causes for veterans and the wounded warriors of our country, and I wanted to do more than shake hands for them,” he said.

This year alone, Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band will play about 50 shows, with 10 of them dedicated to Building for America’s Bravest, an organization that helps build homes for injured veterans.

Cpl. Tyler Huffman is the beneficiary of a home that is currently being built in Jefferson City. Huffman was injured in Afghanistan in December 2010 when he was struck in the chest by a sniper’s bullet. That injury left him paralyzed.

Hearing of the support Huffman has received through Operation Tyler, Sinise said he was pleased.

“I think it is fantastic, that is exactly the support we hope to be a part of in these communities, that the communities recognize the service and that this particular warrior has given for this country and to show we do not take it for granted and that we have not forgotten what they have gone through,” he said. “Every time he (Huffman) goes into that house, he is going to remember it came from people who cared about what he has done and his service to our country.”

Get your ticket

Tickets for the July 27 show can be purchased for $30 by calling 800-293-5949 or online at www.AppleCreekTickets.com.

Tickets can be purchased locally at Home Savings Bank, all Central Bank locations, all Bee Line Snack locations and Samuel’s Tuxedos.

Operation Tyler T-shirts can be purchased for $12 each or two for $20 at Home Savings Bank.

Those attending the concert are encouraged to bring a lawn chair. Coolers will not be permitted as there will be vendors on site. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

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