Higher Ground Big Band
Higher Ground is a community outreach group that seeks to uplift and inspire with swing, Latin, and jazz standards as well as modern big band arrangements. Formed in 2006 in affiliation with Liberty Baptist Church, the band is composed of 18-20 instrumentalists, along with vocalist, Kim Summerlin. Currently under the direction of Greg Varner, Higher Ground has played a variety of venues throughout the Hampton Roads area. Members of Higher Ground are unpaid volunteers, many of whom are currently professional musicians of other orchestras or instrumental groups in the area. We derive our motivation from a sense of service and outreach to others, but to be honest, we also play because our music is just so much fun!