I know that I have posts here that pick on the sound guys from time to time... what you might not know is that I am sometimes one of them (in my mind that give me license to be hard on them). I'm working a weekend music festival in a few days as the venue's stage monitor engineer, and the prep has gotten me thinkin'. As this is a ticketed event, patrons are paying $50 or something like that for a 2 day pass, bands are pro touring bands, as you can imagine there is a level of expectations that is, let's just say, different than your typical worship service. We get tech advance communications from each band, stage plots, specific request ("Our singers will use stereo IEMs, we appreciate the possibility for panning items in each mix"), etc. We've had plenty of advance time to pre-configure our desks with the info from each band. Set up, band transitions, and sound checks are expected to be smooth. Contrast that with the last worship event we did here in town. We do these every few months. During the times my church's band isn't playing, you might find me working sound. Ask in advance for band plots? Nothin'. Ask in advance if anyone is bringing IEMs? Nothin'. Ask in advance if anyone has any special backline needs. Nothin'. What the heck is it about church worship teams? What, just because we don't tour and get paid, we don't need to be organized? Yeah, so of course everyone shows up the night of the worship event and now they tell me about their IEMs, or brought eight vocalists and expected a handheld mic for each (I reserved inputs for an anticipated max of six). The best time was when one band brought their electronic drum kit when there was already a full acoustic kit provided, just bring your own cymbals. Dude insisted on his electronic kit anyway, so we have our ten minute changeover to move all the drum mic inputs to his kit controller. It wasn't working so I just said screw it and we only inputed his kick into the desk. The rest went into a spare keyboard amp. It all worked. But disorganized, stressful, and lots of "No, we aren't going to do that..." to questions asked during each band's setup. Next time send me a plot and tech advance a few days before, and it is easier to answer yes. This weekend will be fun. Sad thing is this secular event designed to get people buying and drinking a whole lotta beer from local breweries will be the "fun" one. The next worship event will be like a root canal. Glad next time my band is playing.... for that I have another complaint. I actually have a stage plot for my band and some good heads-up info about our gear and needs. The guy doing sound at the next worship event doesn't want it. Grrrr..... No wonder church players burn out and just go back to gigging.