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.
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.
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.