Higher Ground Big Band

The Higher Ground Jazz Band is a community outreach group that seeks to uplift and inspire with swing, Latin, and jazz standards as well as modern big band arrangements.  The band is composed of 17 professional and amateur instrumentalists, along with vocalists. It is currently under the direction of Joel Joyner, whose international trumpet artistry has been heard with Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Dizzy Gillespie and many other musical stars. Higher Ground has played in many venues throughout the Hampton Roads area since 2006.  We hope you will join us at one of our performances to experience the joy and enthusiasm that we derive from sharing this music with the community.

Liberty Jubilee

Liberty Jubilee is a Dixieland jazz band that brings the spirit of New Orleans to life through their energetic and infectious performances. With a lineup of talented musicians and a passion for traditional jazz, the band brings a lively and upbeat sound to venues and events all over the region.  Their love of jazz and their joy of playing it is evident in every performance, whether they're playing in a small club or a large festival.  From the sultry notes of a saxophone to the bright and cheerful sound of a trumpet, Liberty Jubilee creates a party atmosphere wherever they go, and invites audiences to tap their feet and join in the fun. Whether you're a fan of classic jazz, or just looking for a good time, Liberty Jubilee is the perfect band for any occasion.

Higher Ground Combo

The Higher Ground combo is a mesmerizing 6-piece jazz collective that elevates audiences to new sonic realms through their enchanting performances. With a name that encapsulates their aspiration for musical transcendence, Higher Ground delves deep into the heart of jazz, fusing traditional elements with innovative interpretations. Led by the visionary trumpeter and vocalist, Joel Joyner, the ensemble's synergy emanates from the seamless interplay between its members. Higher Ground's performances resonate with a profound connection to the jazz legacy, embracing both its storied history and its limitless future, promising an auditory journey that leaves audiences both entranced and inspired.

Leadership Team

Joel Joyner


Harry Tribble

Trumpet/Booking Agent

Jenna Eppink

Keyboard/Communications Manager

Joe Hardy


Robin Denton

Trombone/Music Librarian