I need some help setting up the "stage" to help control the volume. We're a group of 6 guys aging from 50-60 and we play mainly classic rock: Bad Company, CSNY, Clapton, Marshall Tucker, Skynyrd, etc.. We have 3 guitars, a bass, drummer and a lead singer. We really never intended on playing out but we have done 7 or 8 "gigs" now. Right now the PA consists of a Yamaha 512 EMX powered mixer and we run 2 15" mains and 2 12" monitors. For the lack of equipment we are just running vocals through the PA. The lead singer and 2 of the guitar players will sing occasionally and also do background vocals. The lead vocalist is in front of the drummer and the drummer beats the drums like there's no tomorrow making it very difficult for the lead singer to hear himself through the monitors. Because of the drummer everyone else has to increase the volume on their amps to compensate for the drummer. I was thinking of cutting his drum sticks in half to control him...it's ridiculous. Because of the volume issues the "mains" and "monitors" are way to loud also and the vocals end up being way too loud for the "crowd". I know we need to control the volume and cut it down because it's terrible. My question is: when you are using the PA for only vocals what is the best way to start out(sound check)to get the vocals at the right volume besides putting the drummer in another room? Should I have the vocalists sing through their mics without instruments and go out front and check their volume then adjust the stage volume(individual amps)going out and try to keep the volume at that level, forcing the drummer to calm his butt down? The place we're playing at tomorrow night hold about 150 people, probably the limit for using the PA for vocals only. I'm open to all suggestions. I hope I worded this right. With the PA we have now running only vocals through it, where should I start to get a decent volume level? I guess BALANCED is the word I'm looking for. Thanks for your help.