Rockin' for Jesus!


Higher Ground Band is:

Cathie Silano – lead vocals
Frank Silano – guitar, vocals
Victor Martin – drums, vocals
Blake Travis II – bass, vocals

First and foremost we are believers and followers of Jesus Christ. He is the King of kings ans Lord of lords and the entire reason for what we do.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” –John 15:5

We are not just a band, we are a family and we put the personal needs of our members before our musical pursuits. We are all involved with our local churches as well as other ministry endeavors and events.

Higher Ground Band crosses the lines of music genres and has found it’s place in the Christian Rock music scene along side it’s contemporaries such as Petra and others who have crossed the boundaries of classic/hard rock and Christian music. Growing up we are inspired by the rockers such as Led Zeppelin, Heart, Bad Co, Aerosmith, and The Who. Great southern rock and blues bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers, and Stevie Ray Vaughan as well as the greats of progressive/fusion rock like Jeff Beck, Yes, and Return To Forever. We are also inspired by our contemporaries such as DC Talk, Phil Keaggy, Lincoln Brewster, Chris Tomlin, and Hillsong United to name a few.

Our original music, inspired of God, is a collection of personal testimonies, encouragement, and reflection of where we believe we are at in time and space. We hope that our music appeals to everyone but it it is strongly focused on those who have been “around the block” and maybe have slipped back a little bit, struggling in their walk, or maybe don’t know Jesus at all and are searching for answers. You are US and this music is for you! 🙂

…Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” –Matthew 9:12-13

Here’s an excerpt from an interview we did a while back….

Why this name?
We’re always striving to reach the “higher ground”. Actually it’s from the Stevie Wonder song. We love Stevie!
Do you play live?
We play live any chance we get.
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
It adds a new avenue to reach the multitudes.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
If it was the right thing to do…yes.
The members of HGB all reside in the Tampa Bay, Florida area. We all attend and serve regularly in our local churches. As a group we are not allied with any particular denomination.

Our musical experience comes from the Christian music industry, the Secular music industry, as well as contemporary Christian praise and worship. We all have professional experience in performance and recording.

We are family oriented and all engagements are considered family events.

Your influences?
Higher Ground Band is a rockin’ mix of Classic, Southern and Blues rock styles and is reminiscent of everything from Bad Company to Led Zeppelin and Stevie Ray Vaughan to Pink Floyd.
Favorite spot?
In the presence of the Lord.
Anything else…?
Wherever you go and wherever you are remember, He loves you!


We have been performing as Higher Ground Band since 1995 and have played at many events including:

Salvation Saloon – The World Famous Salvation Saloon, Clearwater, FL.

Chasco Fiesta – Sims Park, New Port Richey, FL.

Daytona Bike Week – Main St. & S. Peninsula, Daytona Beach, FL. Sponsored by Christian Riders Ministry

Biketoberfest – Main St. & S. Peninsula, Daytona Beach, FL. Sponsored by Christian Riders Ministry

Clearwater Fun N’Sun Jamboree – Coachman Park, FL. Sponsored by the City of Clearwater, FL.

Peanut Butter Jam – sponsored by Willow Bend Community Church for Christian Social Services of Pasco County.

Christian Motorcyclists Revival – Bradenton, FL. Sponsored by The Christian Motorcyclists Association.

Spring Breakout – Clearwater Beach, FL. Sponsored by Flowing River Church.

Christian Rock On Ice – Tampa Bay Skating Authority, Oldsmar, FL. Sponsored by Somebody Cares Tampa Bay, Joy 91.5 FM.

SonFest – Coachman Park, Clearwater, FL. Sponsored by Faith Christian Church and Flowing River Church.

Meet Him On the Beach w/Petra and 4Him – Sapphire Valley, SC.

The Rock w/Lou Angelwolf – The Rock Coffee House, Dunedin, FL

Bourbon Street w/Randy Stonehill – Bourbon Street, New Port Richey, FL, Sponsored by The World Famous Salvation Saloon.

Members of Higher Ground Band have worked with Desert Rain Band, Elias Antonas (River of Anointing, Deep Water Revival) and Meltia Hamilton (Caribbean Reality), Boot Hill Band, Second Helping, Inside The Outside, The Rock and The Rabbi, The Witnesses, The Musical David, Darrell Evans, Rob Evan (Broadway), and more.

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When writing to us, please make sure your email address is correct. We’ve gotten a number of emails from people that we can’t reply to because the return email address is incorrect. If you haven’t received a reply from us, please email us again and make sure your email address is valid. Thanks…

We are blessed to have this opportunity to share the gifts and music God has given us with you. We will do it as long as the Holy Spirit inspires us to do so. We feel like we still have more to do and we cherish your prayers and thank you for listening and supporting us.

Keep those emails coming and keep on Rockin’ for Jesus!!!