Beth & Danny Gottlieb play percussion in the Lt. Dan Band, which draws its name from the character Sinise portrayed in the movie "Forrest Gump." Beth and her husband, drummer Danny Gottlieb, joined the group in 2005 after first meeting Sinise while performing in the orchestra at Walt Disney World's Epcot Candlelight Processional.
The band has performed dozens of concerts for military troops in the United States and overseas as part of tours arranged through the USO and Armed Forces Entertainment.
Beth Gottlieb, a 1983 graduate of University of Alabama, said this real world experience lends itself to the classroom.
"You really need to be out there performing and doing what we do to be able to be a good teacher." she said. "Every time I'm out there playing, I can bring back what I learned to my students."
The Lt. Dan Band is a high-energy cover band that plays everything from rock and funk to jazz and country, Gottlieb said. She described Sinise, who plays bass and is a fervent supporter of American troops, as "the Bob Hope of today."
Col. Ed Shock, chief of Armed Forces Entertainment, said Sinise has traveled and toured overseas with the USO/Armed Forces Entertainment every year since Sept. 11, 2001.