worship band gathering


Our tentative schedule for the TUNE UP gathering on Saturday, August 17, 2019 is:

  • 9:00-9:30 AM – Check in/Registration (breakfast and coffee available)
  • 9:15 AM – Gathering music begins
  • 9:30-10:40 AM – Gathering worship w/speakers
  • 10:40-10:50 AM – Break
  • 10:50-11:50 AM – Instrumental track (options below)
  • 11:50 AM-12:35 PM – Lunch
  • 12:35-1:45 PM – Coaching for Bands
  • 1:45-1:55 PM – Break
  • 1:55-2:55 PM – Conceptual track (options below)
  • 2:55-3:05 PM – Break
  • 3:05-3:30 PM – Wrap Up

Instrumental track options:

  • Sound Tech
    • Track Description: This track will provide participants with the basics of how to listen and create a good live audio mix. Participants will be prepped to mix the Coaching for Bands demonstration ensembles on the fly.
  • Vocalist
    • Track Description: Participants in this two-part track will cover aspects of individual and ensemble singing, including technique, style, stage presence, and vocal health.
  • Keyboardist
    • Track Description: The opportunities and challenges of being a keyboardist or pianist in a worship band will be covered in this track.
  • Acoustic/Electric Guitarist
    • Track Description: This track will discuss the application of acoustic and electric guitars in a worship band. Effects, pedals, tone, solos, style, and other topics will be discussed.
  • Bass Guitarist
    • Track Description: This track will discuss the art of laying down the tonal and rhythmic foundation in a worship band. Style, tone, technique, groove, and basic theory will be covered.
  • Drummer
    • Track Description: This track will cover the many aspects of being the rhythmic center of the worship band.
  • Creativity
    • Discussion with Mark Swayze.
  • Worship Leaders
    • Track Description: The 3 G’s of Spiritual Worship Leadership: Being a living example. All of us who lead worship are given 3 key opportunities to lead beyond the music we prepare and offer in worship. The overall health of our teams, our relationship with the congregation, and most importantly the authenticity of our worship depend on it. Today, perhaps more than ever before, these 3 key areas can make the difference between worship music that merely sounds great, and a worship offering that honors all that God has called us to be. 

Conceptual track options:

  • Vocalist, continued
    • Track Description: The vocalist track from the morning will be continued into the afternoon for part two. Feel free to come back for the continuation or visit another conceptual track. Led by Faith Ayers and DeAndre Johnson.
  • Truly Invitational: Making Sure Our Actions Match Our Words
    • Track Description: Every singer and player wants to lead a congregation that is highly responsive, engaged and participating. The first key to that participation is the invitation to join us in worship. What we do, what we say, and how we present ourselves on the platform/stage makes a big difference in the perceived authenticity of that invitation and the congregations willingness to accept it. Let’s talk about our invitation and how we can improve its impact. Led by Dr. Craig Gilbert.
  • Working with What You’ve Got
    • Track Description: In worship, everything comes down to context. And sometimes you don’t have all the instruments or voices you wish you did. This track will brainstorm how to use the resources you do have and not get hung up on trying to sound like the recording. Led by Richard Birk.
  • How to Run a Decent Rehearsal
    • Track Description: We’ve all been there. It’s 10 minutes until service and the band isn’t even close to ready. It feels like you are clinking up the first hill of a roller coaster that you don’t want to ride. In this session, we will look at some best practices to avoid finding yourself in this all-too-common predicament. Join us as we learn some practical tips on how to make your rehearsals efficient, effective, and enjoyable. Led by Michael Brady.
  • Leading in Humility
    • Discussion with Mark Swayze.