Basic Background Info

Birth: September 2, 1958
Location: Buffalo, New York
Band: The Elements, The Stains, Only Humen, Rosaleen Marion Band, Skiffle Minstrels, Buffalo Rising, The Damn Straights, The Michael Lee Jackson Band, John and Mary, League of Blind Women, 10,000 Maniacs
Genres: Pop, Rock
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician


Jerome Augustyniak was born in Jamestown, New York on September 2, 1958. After going through multiple drummers, 10,000 Maniacs found a permanent drummer in Augustyniak in 1983. Jerry Augustyniak was playing with his punk band, The Stains, and 10,000 Maniacs were on tour in Buffalo, New York.

Jerry Augustyniak appeared on their debut album, Secrets of the I Ching, which was released on the band's own label, Christian Burial Music. Jerry Augustyniak's been the bandís main backing vocalist since 1994 and has remained with the group through the many lineup changes.

Two former members of 10,000 Maniacs, John Lombardo and Mary Ramsey, formed another group called John & Mary, which opened for 10,000 Maniacs during The Hope Chest tour in 1990 and 1991. Jerry Augustyniak also played drums on all of John & Mary's albums, as well as for other former Maniacs spinoff projects (such as The League of Blind Women). In 2001, he joined an obscure band called Only Humen.

Jerry Augustyniak has established residence in Buffalo, New York the same town where he originally met 10,000 Maniacs.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1983 Secrets of the I Ching 10,000 Maniacs
1985 Wishing Chair 10,000 Maniacs
1987 In My Tribe 10,000 Maniacs
1989 Blind Man's Zoo 10,000 Maniacs
1990 In My Tribe (Reissue) 10,000 Maniacs
1990 Victory Gardens John and Mary
1990 Hope Chest: The Fredonia Recordings 1982-1983 10,000 Maniacs
1992 Our Time in Eden 10,000 Maniacs
1993 MTV Unplugged 10,000 Maniacs
1993 The Weedkiller's Daughter John and Mary
1993 John and Mary and Their Band Live John and Mary
1994 Warren Piece New Dylans
1994 Unplugged Collection, Vol. 1 Various Artists
1996 Step Right Up: The Songs of Tom Waits (1996) Various Artists
1997 Love Among the Ruins 10,000 Maniacs
1999 Earth Pressed Flat 10,000 Maniacs
2002 The Pinwheel Galaxy John and Mary
2004 Campfire Songs: The Popular, Obscure & Unknown Recordings 10,000 Maniacs
2004 On to the Next One Last Conservative
2004 Our Time at the Greek 10,000 Maniacs
2006 Live Twenty-Five 10,000 Maniacs


  • Augustyniak broke his collarbone when he was struck by a car while riding his bicycle in 1992.
  • He made a cameo appearance in the 1985 movie The Slugger's Wife. He can be seen (along with Steven Gustafson and Dennis Drewin) ordering food during the scene where the song "All American Boy" plays.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Drum Workshop
Cymbals: Zildjian
Hardware: Drum Workshop
Sticks: Regal Tip

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