Lee Rausch is a former drummer who played with several thrash metal bands based in California from 1983 to 1987. Now he is the drummer at a church in Indian Lake, Ohio.
Lee's career began in 1983 when former Metallica guitarist Dave Mustaine formed his own band called Megadeth. After trying several drummers, Lee Rausch was finally hired and Megadeth got its first real line-up, which consisted of Lee Rausch, Dave Mustaine, David Ellefson and Kerry King. In 1984, Megadeth recorded its first demo Last Rites consisting of 3 titles , but in the same year, Lee left the group due to internal conflict and was replaced by Gar Samuelson. In 1985 the group recorded its first album.
Dark Angel and Wargod
In 1984, after his leaving Megadeth, he played some time for another group in the region: the group Dark Angel. Gene Hoglan played for Megadeth during this time.
In 1986, he joined the group of guitarist Michelle Meldrum, Wargod, replacing Gene Hoglan's part in Dark Angel. With Wargod he recorded a demo that year , but the group split in 1987. Lee Rausch was no longer part of a group, but continues to play from time to time locally in northwestern Ohio .