Keeping the Mix In Mind

A few months back I had the opportunity to play for a live night of worship in which the setup included an auxiliary percussionist. It kept me on my toes, as he was one more sound in the mix I needed to be careful not to play over. 

Auxiliary Introduction

This was actually my first time to play with an auxiliary percussionist alongside the kit. I had a pretty easy job in comparison because in addition to playing, he also served as the musical director, was leading the band, and even firing all of the Ableton elements. 

Better Blend

As drummers, we have much to think about in the overall mix of our team. We don't want to walk on vocalists, we need to be on the same page as our bass player, and we also need to be rhythmically sound with our guitar players. In this case I didn't want to clash with the auxiliary percussionist. In rehearsal, we really had to stop and work through some parts to achieve the right mix. During the worship time, I think they came out sounding symmetrical and well-balanced.


Pay attention to every detail in the mix of your team. Sometimes we can get carried away with our grooves because we feel like we lose our purpose in "supporting the song." We have to remember that we're there for a bigger picture and a more complete sound. Stay humble and do your part, even if it's the world's simplest groove. Every part of the mix (that means you) has its place in the big picture of the song. 

Josh Ward is a versatile drummer of 18 years and heavily involved with the worship team at Marcus Pointe Baptist Church in Pensacola, FL. He is a husband to Rosie, dad to Amos and drum instructor for

Keeping the Mix In Mind

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Gary Hellums

I'm a steel guitar from years back. I've started playing the drums.--(steel is easier). I absolutely love the gospel drum music. I don't know where to start. Gospel beat is throwing me. Please help.
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I thank God for the amazing gift of music He has blessed me with!I'm 52 years young and have been a drummer since I was 6 years old and played professionally for many years; but now I've heeded my call to play and worship with my amazing praise and worship team at my church. It's awesome and amazing to be able to help lead our congregation into worship to prepare their hearts to enter into the holy of holies to hear God's all powerful life transforming living word. Thank you Jesus! There's no praise and worship song that I can not play and also put me spin and techniques to it and make it more personal in my praise to God in the gift He's given me for His glory! My pastor tells me all the time how my playing moves him and he's never heard a more gifted drummer and it all comes from my awesome and powerful God who is Jesus the name above all name's and the Alpha and Omega!