So, my band has all the makings of a pretty cool group. Right now we're in the jamming/writing part of the process, and we have a cover/jam gig lined up for us as soon as we work the songs up (should only take a few weeks, if that). We want to be a groove-driven band that displays the influences of all our members. We're mostly interested in funky, folky, reggae, ska, and punk stuff. We also go into metal-ish jams and even throw in southern and hip-hop influences. Yes, we're all over the place, but it sounds unique and (more importantly) cohesive to us. Here's the problem, we've got: Guitarist One: Great guitarist with jazz and classical training, loves to play heavier-riffier stuff, really great for the jam gig. Also a great composer/baritone vocalist/lyricist. Plays banjo and other "folk" instruments also. Guitarist Two: Great rhythm guitarist. Amazing songwriter, has a country, punk, and southern rock background. Has a Johnny Cash style voice. Vocalist One: She's one of the best singers I've heard. She also plays guitar, likes and can sing everything from the blues to reggae to country. She's also great looking (which shouldn't matter, but let's face it, it does). Vocalist Two: Probably the best songwriter in the group. He's also a great bassist, creates samples and scratches, a good keyboard player, and good guitarist. He can also rap (which is what a lot of our jams have called for). He's also got access to a pro-quality studio and knows how to run a soundboard. He also kind of founded the band with the drummer and I, so we essentially created "the sounds" that we're making. Bassist: The drummer and I are probably the only ones who stay. I play bass, but I also play mandolin and help write the lyrics. I can't sing leads, but I love doing harmonies. Drummer: Great drummer. Funky back beats, explosive hard rock stuff, and he's got Latin grooves nailed. Him and I make a great rhythm section. He's also been experimenting with Latin percussion. Trumpet Player: We're trying out a horn section. The trumpet player is great, he also understands a lot more theory than the rest of us. He also plays synth and writes compositions for us. Trombone Player: My brother, he's got perfect pitch, one of the best trombonists I've ever heard, and knows how to create dynamics in a song. Sax Player: Killer sounding. Great dude. Also has a lot of cash to contribute to the band. He's also still in high school (the rest of us are 18-21) which allows us to tap into the great demographic of 16 year olds with money to buy tee shirts with . String player: He might start playing with us. He plays mandolin a heck of a lot better than I do and he also plays a mean banjo. Yes. That's 9 players. It might even be 10 if we can get an alto/soprano sax (the one kid plays bari/tenor). I know that was more or less a band bio, but I was just wondering if this big of a band is problematic? Is there too much going on? We're really trying to create a band that's heavy but VERY roots driven (think 311 meets the E Street band). No over processed music, all organic sounds from musicians. We're also trying to not pigeonhole ourselves to one genre. How do you make any money in a bigger band? Do you do sectionals? How big is too big? Do you "need" a front person (a Bruce Springsteen to our E street band, so to speak) or could we function as unit? Any other advice?