By Jim Dresbach, Pentagram Staff WriterOctober 23, 2017
Another celebrity has shared the stage with The United States Army Band, "Pershing's Own."
Following his acceptance of the AUSA's George Catlett Marshall Medal, Gary Sinise joined members of The U.S. Army Band's Downrange for an impromptu jam session.
Sinise is a well-known actor, bass player for the Lt. Dan Band and founder of the Gary Sinise Foundation. He is an advocate and supporter of the United States military, wounded warriors and American veterans around the globe.
According to Downrange drummer Francis Carroll, Sinise appeared on stage while the band played the Jackson's "Shake Your Body."
"It was amazing to look up while playing and see him right in front of my drum set looking at me and grooving to the beat," Carroll said.
On his Facebook page, Sinise mentioned the evening ended with some "silly fun" at the Washington Convention Center Oct. 11.
Downrange singer Martha Krabill called the appearance "an unexpected moment," as the band was finishing its set.
"It is always an honor to perform at the AUSA Marshall Dinner, and this dinner was especially exciting when Mr. Gary Sinise joined us on stage during the finale," Krabill said. "His dedication and love for our military comes from a place of pure love and sincerity."
The Marshall Medal is AUSA's highest award given for service to the nation. Past recipients include Presidents Dwight Eisenhower, Harry Truman, Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush, entertainer Bob Hope and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
"I am so humbled to be here and deeply moved to receive this honor," Sinise said. "I know where my freedom comes from, and I will not forget our defenders."
Pentagram Staff Writer Jim Dresbach can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.