I thought it might be fun/informative for folks less experienced playing in/leading a band to share and discuss different practice formats for... well, band practice. The way I have ours set up is that we start out each practice by having everybody address concerns with band related issues. If someone thinks there needs to be a change (e.g. nix a song, new suggestions, etc.) then we all vote on it, I don't just play the "I'm the leader listen to me" card. This goes anywhere from a couple minutes to about a half hour usually. Then we get to playing the actual music. We write music improv style, so everybody comes up with their own parts (except for a couple songs I've already written, which they are welcome to vary the main melody), and each jam is recorded into my phone. You can get surprisingly good quality (still not THAT great) if you use the right program/phone, it's good enough to remember what we we're playing at least. We end each practice by going through the recordings and cherry pick the parts that sound good, and the next practice we pretty much start at the same point but build on what we did last practice. At this point we don't have enough material to gig, but we haven't run into any issues with this format as an early band.