Our praise band is pretty good, I would say. We have anywhere from 4-8 people playing at any given time: singer, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass (myself) sometimes mandolin (myself), a back up bass player (for when I play mandolin), an on-and-off drummer who has been on again lately, two keyboardists, and an occasional violinist / harmonicist. We're even thinking of re-tuning the pipe organ so we can use that, too.
Lately we've acquired a professional guitarist who joined our church and plays with us. He is, to put a non-churchy term to it, kick-ass. Under his influence our band has gotten way better, way more rocking, and -- and here's the rub -- LOUDER. Sunday morning at our little church is sounding more like Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem than the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. To quote the Muppets: "They don't sound like Presbyterians..."
Not everyone appreciates our new hard-rock-Praise-the-Lord-and-light-the-f
I am unapologetic. "Make a joyful noise unto the Lord" says the Good Book. We are Praise Band (add umlauts and lightning bolts as required). We will worship the Lord on HIGH -- which in our case, goes up to eleven.