Musical accompaniment has one major purpose: supporting congregational singing! The most important sound on Sunday morning is your congregation. Have the band stop playing occasionally to let the people hear one another. I promise they will sing louder and more heartily in response.
Let the people sing!
Scott Connell is a professor of music and worship at Boyce College/SBTS in Louisville, Kentucky. He holds a PhD in Christian worship and serves as worship pastor at First Southern Baptist Church in Floyds Knobs, Indiana.
He and his wife, Mary, have seven children.