My drummer is moving away. He's been with the band since the beginning (and has even tolerated being accused of stealing money, when the real thief was my girlfriend.) and is a PHENOMENAL drummer! It is impossible to replace someone in our age group with someone as talented as him. We're a buncha 17 year old kids. Now we're stuck in a situation. We love the drummer. He's coming back up to TN pursue music after highschool. The rest of the band doesn't know what to do about our current lack of drums. We have a few choices. A) New drummer. Fore-go the interesting drum fills, intros, and outros we're used to in favor of gaining a new drummer. This would pose a problem when he comes back, he'll expect back in and we'll want him in....leads me to B) B) Interrum drummer. Sign a contract for a drummer to play with our live shows and receive same pay as our drummer would. Just tell him he'll be ousted once our old drummer or better drummer comes into the picture. Poses problem of developing fondness for this drummer and being torn. C) Idiot Pilot method. We are recording before he leaves because he's such a MADMAN on the drums. We're recording our entire repertoire so we can play them live via laptop. Easiest method as pay will be split 3 ways and less mouths to feed and whatnot. Poses an inconvenience with new material. We'd have to record our parts to a click track and email it to him for him to record his part. He has his own studio in his house since his dad does radio commercials and is a personality. This is the method most preferred by the band (2 to 1 discounting the drummer) but would our stage presence suffer? What are your opinions?