Howdy - thanks for the replies. Situation - Band with Alternate I'm a paid session player for a Chruch.. it's a high quality bunch of guys (Berklee grads, SxSW players etc). We've been battling a horrid Octactagonal Brick room. The leader is VERY cool at using everyone's natural talents. Most of my value there is in production (reworking tunes etc). I am the primary player (3/4 weeks). We are not allowed to join the Church as employees (avoids PR issues). I've heard rumor the alternate is a space filler - not really passionate about playing. Potential Issue I've never met my alternate. I have zero issues with him - many times have left gear behind that he would need for the next week (6 sting, fretless etc). I've asked my boss if it's OK for me to show up to practice and sit in the back of the room with the sound guys. I'm concerned that they'll do as always and ask my opinion of the practice. I plan on keeping shut up and writing down notes to privately forward to the boss. Why show up? We're working on a plan to get everyone off amps and onto direct to headphone monitors (Rolls PM351) Question Is it in poor taste to show up? Any hindsight advice? Do you show up in support of your band when not playing?