So far, I have never played in a band of more than four people. None of these bands had a declared band leader, and I don't ever felt like we needed one. The bands always consisted of friends, and we just kind of lived a democratic process, talked things over until we agreed on something. My new band consists of seven members, only two of which I have known for a longer time. We are now seven, and may add a trombone player to round up the horn section. As questions such as "do we keep this band name?", "do we want to try add some rap elements?", "which songs do we work on next?" pop up here and there, I'm starting to wonder if we should declare someone official band leader. With this many people, many who've only met recently, decision-making could become complex. We have a very relaxed attitude, and we are only in this for fun, write some music, play some shows. No financial stakes, no dreams of "making it". Could this just work by making it up as we go? What's been your experience?