“Will we see a bass player in the White House one day? Maybe, but it might not be me!” Forrest Gump star Gary Sinise on why he plays bass for veterans

Actor Gary Sinise playing bass
(Image credit: David Becker/Getty Images)

The actor Gary Sinise is best known among cinema fans for playing Lieutenant Dan Taylor in Forrest Gump, the popular 1994 movie. Lt. Dan, a Vietnam war veteran who loses his legs in combat and most of his sanity on returning to the USA, eventually finds peace with the help of his fellow veteran Gump, and remains the film’s most complex character. 

Given the character's trajectory, his name is a perfect fit for Sinise’s rock ensemble, the Lt. Dan Band, which plays regular shows for military personnel and their families, with Sinise himself holding down the bass. 

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Joel McIver

Joel McIver was the Editor of Bass Player magazine from 2018 to 2022, having spent six years before that editing Bass Guitar magazine. A journalist with 25 years' experience in the music field, he's also the author of 35 books, a couple of bestsellers among them. He regularly appears on podcasts, radio and TV.