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The Dave Matthews Band is a band that originates from Charlottesville, Virginia. This band, which was founded in 1991, has maintained a career lasting over two decades. Their style of music is a collective of genres. The band's unique sound has been defined as a blend of folk, jazz and world music even though they are predominately a rock band. Dave Matthews began forming his band back in the early 90s. He started by observing musicians that performed at the bar where he worked. Through connections of a lawyer/associate, Matthews landed his first two band members saxophonist LeRoi Moore and drummer Carter Beauford. The rest of the original band was completed with the additions of bassist Stefan Lessard and violinist Boyd Tinsley. After the band's formation, they performed and built a buzz on the college circuit. The band performed at multiple universities. A major buzz was built by college students leading up to their first album. On Septmber 20, 1994, Dave Matthews Band released their debut album Under the Table Dreaming. It garnered instant success reaching the 11th spot on the Billboard 200. Through the years, after the release of their first album, the band remained relevant in the music world. Sadly, the group was hit with tragedy when fellow band member, LeRoi Moore died on August 19, 2008. Saxophonist LeRoi Moore was involved in an ATV accident at his Virginia farm. The original group last performed together June 28, 2008. LeRoi was later replaced by saxophonist Jeff Coffin.