Tommy, producer and mixer: “Dear fellow mixers, have the courage to take fewer instruments.”
Levelling is the cue: it is not always necessary to test the entire setup. This applies to both the bands and to the sound engineer on-site. Seriously consider whether you have to test the whole drum kit.
More is not always better, especially in small locations or with hard stone walls.
The moment you decide to test the drums, you need a lot of PA power. Snare and bass drum show distortions if the PA is not powerful enough. You only need to test the drum kit if the room is so big that the drum kit sounds too diffused if you do not test it.
For a punchy bass drum with a good punch you will need active bass speakers. Add limiter and compressor at the digital mixer, then the sound is even fatter and you can turn up the volume without driving the PA into the wall. A jazz band might not need to test the bass drum, rockers do. This is just so the bass drum can compete with the other electric instruments.
If it is really loud, use a pair of stereo microphones as overhead mics, which also amplifies the snare.