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I was asked to lead the music at a youth conference in Toronto this past Saturday. The band rehearsed a couple of times and felt good coming into the weekend. Long story short, a couple of circumstances left us scrambling to find another drummer on Friday evening … hours before our first set. Eventually, we found someone to fill in, but walking into the building at 6:15am on Saturday morning, I knew, more than ever, my stage signals to my band that day had to be clear.

It’s not always that you’re left playing a service or an event without any rehearsals with your band (I don’t recommend this), but even with rehearsal, the direction of a song can turn on a dime and it’s now on the leader to keep that from becoming a distraction.

We’re going to jump into a series that will occasionally pop up over the next number of weeks relating to on-stage communication. This will relate far beyond the “Good morning everyone!  Stand up and sing with us!” We will talk about that direction of communication, but more importantly, we’re going to talk about communication between the leader and the band both in a rehearsal and during the service or event. Continue Reading…