So it's the beginning of February, and our drummer just told us that he's leaving the country for 4-5 months starting in April and we should start looking for someone to fill in while he's gone. We have a couple of gigs lined up in the coming month, and were planning on booking more. Questions: 1. Should we replace him right away so we can start rehearsing with the new guy ASAP, rather than waiting til he's gone and then having a lull while the new guy learns the material? 2. It seems like it would be harder to recruit a drummer knowing that he's just temporary. Any advice on this? For background, our drummer is musically replaceable, but he's a great guy, really good friends with the BL and has a great rehearsal space. We mostly play Motown/funk covers so the material shouldn't take a drummer too long to pick up. Any wisdom is appreciated!