By Terry Winch (Associate of Instrumental Music & Special Projects)
What can sound like a dry routine, or “that thing” at the end of a difficult work day for our volunteer teams, can end up being a revitalizing musical and spiritual experience.
As a leader, in order to make a rehearsal is fulfilling for everyone involved, you need to have strong intentionality and preparation, as well as a commitment to making certain each volunteer goes home having been fed musically and spiritually.
Here at Broadmoor, we try to plan each rehearsal with several elements:
At Broadmoor, there are two of us who co-lead the rehearsals. One of us is from the rhythm section point of view and one is from the strings, horns, woodwind, and percussion point of view. We play completely through a song or set and then collectively explain improvements.
Most of those improvements don’t require going back through the entire song again. Often times, all that is needed is a verbal explination of a few spots that need tightening up.
What we get to do every week as instrumentalists remains an opportunity not afforded to many in other parts of the world where freedom to worship is gone. Taking that into account, we need to lovingly convince our players that each time we are together is a gift that God allows us to offer back to Him.