The COVID-19 pandemic put Higher Ed on hiatus, but you can’t keep a good band down.

The band, featuring current and former members of the Missouri Southern family, will take the stage … make that front porch … during the North Heights Porchfest on Saturday, Oct. 1.

The event, which will be held from First to F streets between Main Street and Jackson Avenue, will offer a variety of bands playing on the porches of homes as well as art and food. This will mark the fourth time Higher Ed has been featured during the event.

The band features Dr. Casey Cole, professor of psychology on guitar; Dr. Scott Cragin, a retired professor of business; Dr. Dennis Harmon, adjunct math instructor, on guitar; and Scott Snell, director of Distance Learning, on drums.

They’re joined by Dr. Richard Joseph III on bass guitar and Ursula Rincker, the librarian at Thomas Jefferson Day School on vocals.

“We play classic rock and do a bunch of originals as well,” said Snell. “Casey writes a lot of our songs. We were playing here and there but COVID wrecked everything. We had hoped to play some summer gigs but our last performance was at ArtsFest in 2021.”

He said the band enjoys performing at the annual Porchfest event.

“They close off several blocks and have musicians playing on porches, artists all over the place and food trucks,” said Snell. “It’s a chill, community vibe,” he said.

The festival will take place from noon to 7 p.m., with Higher Ed set to play at 5 p.m. at 602 N. Wall Ave.

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