I haven't had any significant practice with a band in quite some time. I have spent the past several months practicing scales on my bass and playing along to recordings. That practice has really paid off: my ear has never been better; for songs that were new to me, I could ascertain keys and chords immediately. I felt a great confidence in my playing that wasn't there before.
Even better, my grandchildren were all in attendance, as well as all three of my sons.
It was glorious!