I'm curious about what you all think of this hypothetical situation. You've got a player in the band who feels like -and is treated as- a full member. However, it is clear that if the band is going to take the next step (could be bigger gigs, corporate events, whatever the next step is...) for reasons that are obvious to most of the band (player's maturity, chops, whatever...) they just aren't going to cut it. However in the mean time this member fills a musical role, works for whatever the band can pay and shows up regularly. What's the ethics of holding onto that player "'for now" knowing they will eventually have to be booted?