My favorite musician jokes and ways to torment your music director

One habit that was developed on the road gigs, was the routine bashing of musicians when we ended up in the same venue, with the same crew every year. Never In an angry or malicious way. We just went into a rapid fire volley of musician jokes, to see who ran out first. The crews […]

Jumping ship. Making the big decisions.

This week, I begin a whole new chapter in my life. It’s a very exciting time, but also nerve wracking. I have made countless transitions in my life. Each time, each one, all meant letting go of the old and familiar to jump into the new and unfamiliar. I was offered a position on the […]

Foundational principles of church technical service

This article is taken from my book, “Basic Training for the Church Audio Technician” As a church tech, what is your real job? That question can spark endless debates. Usually, when I ask that, I get a list of responsibilities. Various tasks and assignments that are all part of the job. Rarely do I hear […]

Planning to upgrade your sound system? Do it right the first time.

This is an excerpt from my new book, “Basic Training for the Church Audio Technician.” One thing that often leads to a tech learning about their system quickly is the upgrade or construction process. When gear is replaced or a new system is installed, plenty of opportunities arise to learn quickly. There are few ways […]

The tale of the territorial sound man

This was originally featured at There’s a special disease that only techs carry. I covered this issue, in detail, in my Soundcheck book. It’s something I refer to as “TSS.” Territorial Soundman Syndrome.” It’s when I don’t really know what I am doing, but refuse to allow anyone else to touch my rig. (And, […]

Preparing for the next level

There was a time when I had to make a decision. I was considering the possibility of taking my business to the next level. I went through the equipment leasing and financing options. Based on market demand and my own needs, I was considering a massive gear purchase. The pro audio environment had a hole […]

The reality of taking a leap of faith

As a Christain, I can say this without much reservation. Most of us do really stupid stuff. On top of that, most of us do that stupid stuff, while claiming that God told us to do it. Admit it. You’ve done it, too. Let me be a little more specific. The infamous “leap of faith.” […]

Church tech nightmares. Facing the musicians.

It’s not easy, being a tech. We face a barrage of challenges, every time we enter the room. Most often, it’s our diplomatic skills, more than our mixing skills that keep us alive. We must stay focused, and effective, while encountering one ridiculous situation after another. If you have mixed for more than nine minutes, […]

The secret of effective troubleshooting

This was originally published at Ok. So I was asked to explain the basics of troubleshooting. Well, it’s hard to boil a lifetime of tech work, down to just a few words. So, maybe you just need to understand, clearly, what your objective really is. The objective is to solve a problem and make […]

Perfect productions. Mastering transition.

In 2002, through a string of odd circumstances, I was given the opportunity to produce a large Christmas show. Our church had secured a nationally known singer, to feature, for a large choral production. However, six weeks before the show, the star fell from the sky. She couldn’t make it. By pure coincidence, I had […]

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