Driven by a passion for music, five guys with Baldwinsville roots began performing at venues across New York state in 1996. Ten years later, as the band is appropriately dubbed, the five will reunite for a performance at Wacky Wyatt's in Baldwinsville.
Band members include guitarist and vocalist Kris Denton, guitarist and vocalist John Lerner, bass guitarist Jeremy Meloling (who was only 15 years old when the band originally formed), drummer Aaron Bullis and keyboardist Jon Bullis.
"The five of us haven't been together in 10 years," Aaron said, explaining how one or more of the band members was always out of town, or out of the country. Band mate Jon Bullis has been in Lagos, Africa for the past two years. He and his family just moved back to the United States after four years working abroad and are spending Christmas with family in Baldwinsville. With his timely return, the quintet decided it was time to give the band another go.
"We really just ended up back in the same area, we still love the music and felt the desire to play," Denton said. "The extra bonus is being able to call old friends to come out and help support a fantastic cause during the season of giving."
As a gesture to the generous spirit of Christmas, the band is donating their fee to the Baldwinsville Christmas Bureau. And, as there is no cover charge for the show, the band also encourages show goers to bring a donation for the BCB.
"We are hoping to help the Christmas Bureau get a head start on next year and influence people to be charitable all year long," Denton said.
Making of the band
Ten Years Later formed after a mutual interest in rock and roll was discovered. According to founding member Aaron Bullis, the band formed after he, Lerner and Meloling began jamming at his father's home. Jon Bullis joined as the fourth member, introducing the band to a PHISH influence.