I'm auditioning for bands. I've found a band that plays music that I enjoy and I like being with these people in general. However, I don't like the drummer's style. I like the drummer as a person but he always plays the same beat (regardless of the song) and doesn't understand music theory. The music we play is fairly simple stuff (think Ramones' Pet Cemetery) but I think it could be drastically improved if he could pick up on what the other band members are playing. I haven't committed to the band (they know I'm still hunting) but they think I'm going to stay. I'd like to stay but I think the bassist should be tight with the drummer and I don't think that's going to happen. I'm the outsider so I'm in no position to say "fire the drummer." Nor would I want to. (Well, maybe I do.) However, the drummer is significantly older than the rest of us (he's in his 50's probably), is missing his front teeth and is usually totally drunk and stoned during practice. (Yeah, well the guitarists are usually a bit stoned too but they can still play and sing ) But I think it's a case of teaching an old dog new tricks / changing his entire style of playing drums. Anyways, my current course of action is the stick with the band and try to "shape" the drummer into what I want through subtle suggestions. However, I like to plan ahead. Suggestions?