In my years in the roll of worship service producer and/or music director, there are some instruments that push my “just say no” button. Cowbell is one of them. It just too loud to mix well with other instruments. We run things LOUD at Northview, and still a cowbell (with no mic, mind you) can overwhelm the rest of the band. The same thing with tambourines, sometimes. I admit, I have actually hidden tambourines to keep percussionists (or worse yet, vocalists with no perc training) from burying the rest of the team. So “NO more cowbell” should probably be our mantra, unless you’re playing “Don’t Fear The Reaper…”

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