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About the Players
About the Alumni Players
"Jazz & Beyond: Carson City
Music Festival" (2016, 2017, & 2018)
The Millennium Bugs
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Carson City Arts &
The Mile High Jazz Band Association formed in 2001 as a nonprofit corporation
to support the MHJB and its subgroup, the Millennium Bugs (jazz combo), promote
live jazz performance in northern Nevada, educate the public about jazz, and
enrich the cultural life of the community.
Member benefits include mailings, discounts on admissions, and
invitations to special events, plus the satisfaction of helping big-band jazz to thrive!
To book the Mile High Jazz Band (big band)
or Millennium Bugs (jazz combo),
Mile High Jazz Band Association Updated Mission Statement - Adopted March 4, 2012, by the
Board of Trustees:
Our mission is to enrich the cultural life of our community by promoting live
jazz performance in and around Carson City; enhancing arts education in collaboration
with other organizations and school programs; and supporting our resident big band,
the Mile High Jazz Band, and its affiliated combos.
MHJB Assoc. Board and Officers
The MHJBA board, July 1, 2020:
- Trustees class of 2022: David Bugli, Rita Geil, Ted Xie
- Trustees class of 2023: Ellie Bugli, Steve Hayes, Randy Seeber
- Trustees class of 2024: Kelly Dodge, Jennifer Simkins, Doug Conner
Officers (elected at 2020 Board Meeting):
- President: David Bugli
- Vice President: Kelly Dodge
- Treasurer: Ellie Bugli
- Secretary: Jennifer Simkins
Mile High Jazz Band Prepares for Three
Dinner Shows at Living the Good Life
Announcement: April 20, 2021 (updated April 25)
The Mile High Jazz Band began rehearsals on April 20 after a gap of over a year due to the COVID-19
pandemic. We are preparing to perform three dinner shows at
the Good Life, 1480 N. Carson Street, Carson City, on
Tuesday, May 11; Tuesday, June 8; and Tuesday, July 8. These will be outdoor dinner shows
at 6:30 p.m. Dinner reservations are highly recommended. They may be made Tuesday through Saturday
by calling Living the Good Life
either before 5:00 p.m. at 775-720-5843 or after 5:00 p.m. at 775-841-4663. Social distancing will
also be observed, as required by then
Pianist and MHJB leader David Bugli says, "We are so happy to have the opportunity to perform
for the public again. We were very fortunate to have Kelly Dodge, our sound engineer and
owner of KD Sound Co, provide us with
a large rehearsal location where our 18-piece group
can observe social distancing while rehearsing. Kelly, in addition to being a talented audio technician, is
a great supporter of the arts - not only of Mile High Jazz Band and the Jazz & Beyond Music and Art
Festival, but of the Brewery Arts Center, where he provides sound and stage work for the
Levitt AMP concert series."
The Mile High Jazz Band hopes to resume a more regular series of performances, as it has since
2000, as soon as pandemic conditions permit.
Call for Artists - A New Option
Third Annual Carson City Open Studios Tour
A Jazz & Beyond Art Event, August 21-22
New post: 4/30/2021
The 2021 Jazz & Beyond Music and Art Festival this August will include the third annual Carson
City Open Studios Tour on Saturday, August 21, and Sunday, August 22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at
multiple studios throughout Carson City. A new one-day option has been added for artists to
participate on Sunday, August 22, at the Bliss Mansion.
This admission-free cultural event will showcase about 20 local artists. They will present
visual art and art demonstrations including painting, sculpture, pottery, 3D art, jewelry, glass,
batik, and photography, in about a dozen individual and shared studio spaces. Several locations
will include live music.
Many outdoor as well as indoor studio spaces and galleries in Carson City will be on the tour.
These include the Stillwell Art Studio at River Bottom Ranch, Carson City Pottery Studio,
Beltrame Studio, CRM Endeavors, Carol Brown Studio, NAA Gallery, the Wa-Pai-Shone Gallery
at the Stewart Indian School Cultural Center & Museum, the Bliss Mansion (Sunday only), and more.
A work by each artist selected for the Open Studios Tour will also be entered in the Nevada
Artists Association Summer Show, August 1 through September 10.
The Open Studios Tour artists application form is available on https://jazzcarsoncity.com/arttour2021 or by
clicking http://ccost_artist_application_form_2021v7.pdf. Forms are due May 15, 2021.
For more information,
call or text 775-313-8628, or email CCOpenStudio@gmail.com. A list of artists with a map of
studio locations will be available in July.
The Open Studios Tour is presented by the Mile High Jazz Band Association as part of the
2021 Jazz & Beyond Music and Art Festival and is also supported by the Nevada Artists Association,
the Carson City Culture & Tourism Authority, a Pandemic Emergency Technical Support (PETS) Grant,
a grant from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, and by private donations.
Attached photo: LaVonne Vasick demonstrates her process for visitors at the 2020 Open
Second Virtual Jazz & Poetry, "Play's the Thing"
Planned for Early 2021
Posted: Jan. 17, 2021 (revised 3/17/2021)
The Mile High Jazz Band is preparing to do a second Virtual Jazz & Poetry video based
on the theme "Play's the Thing." Band Director
David Bugli and MHJB Poet Wrangler Rita Geil are working with five poets to select poetry
to be read. Musicians from the MHJB will record, on their own, an appropriate tune to match the
mood or theme of the poem. The videos of the poets reading and of the musicians performing
will then be compiled and posted on YouTube on the Mile High Jazz Band's new YouTube channel
The first Virtual Jazz and Poetry video, based on the theme "Running Out," was released in
September 2020. It is available for viewing at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqkA5QyRCtI.
Plans to record a second virtual big band video, similar to last year's "Moten Swing" video
are also in the works.
Band members only! - Follow this link to the Second Virtual Jazz & Poetry "resource page" at
Normally, many MHJB and MHJB combo gigs
are on the second Tuesday of each month from 7:30 to 9:00 or 9:30 p.m.
Most of these are at
the Good Life, 1480 N. Carson Street, Carson City, or at Comma
Coffee. These events are on hold until further notice.
The Mile High Jazz Band, an 18-member "big band" composed of 17 instrumentalists
and a vocalist, began performing in 1997. The group features music in the Count
Basie-Duke Ellington-Woody Herman tradition, as well as more contemporary styles,
selected from a repertoire of over 200 tunes. They play ballads, high-powered
jazz tunes, and dance music arranged by Nestico, Niehaus, Taylor, and other great arrangers.
Mile High Jazz Band performs for community events, fundraisers, dances, receptions,
private parties, and in concert. They have played benefits for New York Firefighters,
Red Cross Disaster Relief, Carson-Tahoe Hospital Foundation, Douglas County Library
Foundation, and the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. They have been featured
in concerts at the Brewery Arts Center and on the Carson City Symphony's "Holiday Treat"
and "Pops Party" concerts. They play monthly at Comma Coffee and collaborate with local
poets in quarterly "Jazz and Poetry" events, alternating poetry readings with related
musical selections. Mile High Jazz Band has performed in Carson City, Reno, Minden,
Fallon, Yerington, Stateline, Incline Village, Virginia City, and Crystal Bay.
In 2002, Mile High Jazz Band won "Best Band" award in Carson City's "Taste of
Downtown." In 2003, American Composers Forum selected Mile High Jazz Band and
Bella Voce women's choir for a national Continental Harmony project. In 2007,
leader David Bugli received the Nevada Governor's Arts Award for Distinguished
Service to the Arts, and the band played for the awards ceremony. Mile High Jazz
Band plays annual benefits with the Carson High Jazz Band to help the high school
band attend the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. Also, the Mile High Jazz Band Association
founded and produces or co-produces the annual, multi-day Jazz & Beyond Music Festival in Carson City each August since 2004.
The band performs around the Carson City area. You can
catch us on most second Tuesdays of each month at
the Good Life, 1480 N. Carson Street, Carson City, or at
The Millennium Bugs, a jazz combo associated with the Mile High Jazz Band,
play a great variety of jazz styles. They performed for the Carson City
Preservation Coalition/Historical Society, Olympic Torch Relay Ceremony in
Carson City, Carson City Music Club, Westview block party, Camel Race Day in
Virginia City, Carson Nugget showroom, Carson-Tahoe Hospital Foundation, Carson
High Prom, BAC Beer Tasting, weddings, receptions, and parties.
Mile High Jazz Band Association board meetings are held quarterly.
Call 775-883-4154 for details.
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