I have been in bands where the committee decide everything (often made up mostly of non-players) and the band basically just turn up and play. This usually worked quite well. I have been in a band where everything (and I mean everything) was decided by the conductor/MD. And another band where most things were discussed in the band room and voted by the players. (There was a lot of practice time wasted in that particular band!) Each of the systems had their pros and cons and I have to admit to quite like having all the decisions made for me as there are were few arguments then. Oh and there was less chance for band politics entering the equation. Any comments as to systems that have worked or not worked for your band?