This year I have started the 1 ½ hr. Band Workshops and did my first live performance in April 2014 with a band where I played guitar on 7 songs and we are now working to a performance in September and have 6 songs to play.
Playing with others really helps build confidence and improves timing but most of all is very enjoyable experience when it starts to come together. All the Music Teachers and students I have met and worked with during band workshop have been very dedicated, always friendly and make you feel accepted.
So if you a serious about learning to play with others in a band then this is a great place to learn.