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10,000 Maniacs

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10,000 Maniacs is an band, formed in 1981 in Jamestown, New York, that has been active with various line-ups since that time. Their best known member is Natalie Merchant, who left the band in 1993 to pursue a solo career.

10,000 Maniacs have gone through a variety of musicians throughout the history of the band. Here is a partial list of the past, present, and touring musicians:

Jerry Augustyniak - Jerry has been the drummer of 10,000 Maniacs since 1983. He’s also played with the bands The Stains, Only humen, League of Blind Women, The Michael Lee Jackson Band, Buffalo Rising, the damn straights, etc. He has been the band’s main backing vocalist since 1994.
Rob Buck - Rob was the lead guitar player from 1981 to 1999. He co-wrote many of the band’s most popular songs. Rob died December 19, 2000 of liver failure at the age of 42.
Duane Calhoun - Duane played lead guitar for 10,000 Maniacs in 1981 while Rob Buck was officially in the band, but not performing with them.
Chet Cardinale - Chet was an early drummer for the band. He left to pursue a career in acupuncture.
Jim Colavito - Jim played saxophone with the band in 1981.
Dennis Drew - Dennis has been the keyboard player in the band since 1981. He’s also played with The Mighty Wallop!, where he co-wrote much of the band’s material, played keyboards, and had lead and harmony vocal duties.

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