Help pack up equipment for transport when we go on the
Help get out the equipment for practice
Learn where equipment is normally placed so that you can set
it at location which will probably be correct
Position mike stands higher than normal for set-up (so the
cords will be long enough later)
Put mikes on the mike stands (the type of clip indicates
which type of mike to use)
Set up music stands, guitar stands, and keyboard
Help with running mike, speaker, and power cords (AFTER they
have ALL been laid out)
Get guitars and horns tuned well before warm-up
Help with setting guitar and keyboard levels BEFORE warm-up
Show up on time for warm-up and be in your designated
Position the mike at the right height for you and any others
sharing the mike, but don't change the up/down angle of the mike
or point it to the side (because it may pick up sound from the
monitor speakers and cause feedback)
Tell sound man if you have any problems he may be able to
fix, especially monitor problems
Tell sound man if you have any problems with your designated
If you are alone on a mike, try to stay a constant,
consistent, never changing 6" from the mike, except for solos or
speaking parts when you should usually be 2" from the
Sing at a consistent volume (except where dynamics of the
music require change). DON'T get closer to the mike and sing
louder on songs you know well. DON'T back up and sing quieter on
songs you know less well.
When singing SOLO, control your own dynamic range. Get closer
to the mike on quiet parts and back off from the mike on loud
If you are grouped on a mike with others, allow the quietest
singer to be centered on the mike, louder singer(s) may be off to
the side a little. If all singers on a mike are the same loudness,
they should be equidistant from the mike. Stay as close to the
mike as possible. If you are more than 15" from the mike, you
cannot be heard.
DON'T move to another mike unless absolutely necessary. The
volume of every mike has been balanced for the people who normally
sing on that mike. If you must move to another mike, tell the
sound man (when convenient), don't get closer than 6", and don't
sing louder than you normally would.
If you are normally grouped on a mike and the other person(s)
leave for one song, don't move closer to the mike than you would
have been if the others were still there.
After practice and after the show, unplug your mike and put
it away, also put your mike stand and music stand down the whole
way and carry them out.
Roll or carry other equipment out.
Help wrap up cords. THIS MUST BE DONE NEATLY! If the cords
are not wrapped neatly, they will knot when used the next time
(increasing setup time) and they will not lay flat (causing a trip
After wrapping a cord, place it in a pile with similar cords.
Group speaker cords (heavy cords with 1/4" plugs) together and
group mike cords (XLR connectors) together by the color of their
Do not put anything in the closet until it is all ready, then
pack the closet as shown in the pictures on the door. It must be
packed the right way for everything to fit. Be careful to stack
mike stands so they will not fall.
Music stands are stored in the front left of the