Playing Drums On The Offense

Which Side Are You On?

<--break->How many of you have had a rehearsal or even a Sunday morning church gathering sneak up on you? I know it has happened to me before and I’ve felt very unprepared and that’s just a bad feeling. This week I want to talk about playing offensively and defensively.

Playing “Defensively”

Coming unprepared puts you on the defense!!! Instead of playing comfortably, we do a lot of guessing, we’re on edge, and don’t know exactly what's happening. This not only affects my playing but my attitude as well. When I’m unprepared I get a little stressed, my attitude changes and I'm no fun be around. not to mention that it’s really not fair to everyone else in the band who has worked hard to learn their parts only to have you come in and botch it up. 

Playing “Offensively”

When we come prepared we go on the offense. We've studied our parts front to back and everywhere in-between so we get to dictate what's going to happen. By critically listening to the songs in advance we can also revel the little things, like that money guitar line that queues us into our big fill. Playing offensively also lets us relax, enjoy the song, and be able to worship more freely.

Playing "offensively" also lets us relax and enjoy the song, and be able to worship.


Worship should be fun!! So don’t be the guy who comes unprepared, on the defense, and messes up the vibe. Know your parts, tempos, and flow because it will make worship more fun and relaxing for everyone.


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

Playing Drums On The Offense

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