I'm playing a dance this weekend in a room about half the size of a basketball court. I've never done sound for a band like this before, but we found out last night that the house PA no longer exists, so I stepped up and volunteered to do what I could (I'm the piano player, and new to the group).
Piano, string bass, trombone, cornet (trumpet), tenor sax, clarinet, drums. Sensible drummer. The band has a good stage sound.
I was thinking of throwing up a couple of powered 15s (NX55P) on sticks in front of / beside the band, pointing a dynamic at the horns, hanging another over the reeds, and using a 57 as a vocal announcement and solo mic. I'm not a sound provider, so my mic selection is extremely limited. I have some cheap Behringers I sometimes use for my Leslie, and the band has some AKG dynamics (D190S?) that must be a thousand years old. (My rock band owns a better mics, but they aren't mine to take).
The other thing I was thinking of doing was throwing a Behringer C2 condenser up in the air instead of the dynamic, if I can find one in stock locally. I have been wanting to try these anyhow.
Thoughts? I'm on a shoe-string budget here, but reinforcement requirements should be minimal. Bass and keys will each have their own amps for stage sound, run right into the board. Mixing tips will be appreciated, too. I'm actually not sure how the heck to set levels when I will busy at the piano..I guess I will have to rely on somebody else's ears for my FOH own level.