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"Jazz & Beyond: Carson City
Music Festival" (2016 to 2021)
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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 Performs Third Dinner Show
"Red, White, and Blues"
at Living the Good Life
Tuesday, July 6, 2021
The Mile High Jazz Band performs its third dinner show, "Red, White, and Blues," at
the Good Life, 1480 N. Carson Street, Carson City, on
Tuesday, July 6, 2021, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
This will be an outdoor dinner show, like the ones we did on May 11 and June 8,
at 6:30 p.m. Dinner reservations are highly recommended. They may be made Tuesday through Saturday
by either texting Living the Good Life
before 5:00 p.m. at 775-720-5843 or by calling after 5:00 p.m. at 775-841-4663. Social distancing will
also be observed, as required by then
current regulations. The band will be joined on vocals by Jakki Ford.
Mile High Jazz Band is supported in part by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council and the
National Endowment for the Arts. The Governor's Office of Economic Development provided
additional support through its Nevada Pandemic Emergency Technical Support Grant for 2021.
For information about the band and activities, see milehighjazz.com.
Mile High Jazz Band Annual Meeting
Rescheduled to Sunday, July 25, 2021
Release date 6/22/2021: The Mile High Jazz Band Assoc. Annual Meeting, which was originally schedule for
Sunday, June 27, has been moved to Sunday, July 25, 2021. We will be sending out a more formal
invitation in a few days, but for now we want to let you know that the meeting will be at
the beautiful home of Rita Geil and Henry Weiss in Old Washoe Estates, near the
north end of Washoe Lake.
We plan to have a quick Board meeting at 5:00, the Annual Meeting at 5:30, and dinner and
garden party with musical entertainment at 6:00. Details are still being worked out and are
subject to change, but we think you will enjoy the event.
Jazz & Beyond - Carson City Music & Art Festival
August 13-29, 2021
Carson City’s 18th annual Jazz & Beyond Music & Art Festival, presented by the Mile High
Jazz Band Association, offers 17 days of mostly free entertainment and more than 30 performances.
The beat returns this august in multiple venues around the city, beginning with a Roaring
Twenties party at the Governor’s Mansion, on the corner of W. Robinson and Mountain Streets,
on Friday, August 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. It features the music of Scot Marshall’s Brass
Knuckles Band. Nineteen-twenties-style dress is optional; food and beverages will be
available for purchase.
This year, A Day at the Ranch at the historic Silver Saddle Ranch, 2648 Carson River Road,
along the Carson River, will be on Sunday, August 15, from 2:30 to 7:00 p.m. Visitors can wear
their boots and hats and enjoy the music of the Sagebrush Rebels, and the Lacy J. Dalton trio.
The day includes a talk on the history of the ranch, and cowboy poetry. Mule-drawn wagon rides
by Hee Haw Haven Mules provide a tour through ranch land. The event is sponsored in part by
Carson City Parks, Recreation & Open Space Dept. and Friends of Silver Saddle Ranch.
The festival’s third annual Open Studios Tour will feature 27 artists at 11 locations on
Saturday, August 21, and Sunday, August 22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors can see the art works,
watch art demonstrations, and listen to musicians performing at many of the locations. The tour
includes private studios, the Carriage House at the Foreman-Roberts House Museum, the Nevada
Artists Association, and the Bliss Mansion.
In partnership with the Nevada State Museum, Jazz & Beyond will present Music of the Twenties,
a Frances Humphrey Series lecture on the music of the 1920s with live music by Squeek Steele,
on Thursday evening, August 26, at the Brewery Arts Center Ballroom, 449 W. Carson Street.
Other performances include the Urban Renewal Project (original soul and hip-hop big band from
Los Angeles), Musicole (rhythm and blues, classic rock, gospel, and jazz band from Las Vegas), and
a double big-band concert by the Mile High Jazz Band with singer Jakki Ford and the Carson High
School Jazz Band directed by Nick Jacques, a Milken Educator Award winner.
Jazz & Beyond Music Festival’s final performances will be on Sunday, August 29, at the Legislative
Plaza and Capital Amphitheater. The audience is invited to sit under a canopy of trees and bring a
picnic or enjoy on-site food-truck selections. The festival ends in a big way with the traditional
Jazz & Beyond closing concert by the 18-piece Reno Jazz Orchestra and guest vocalist.
For a complete schedule of events, visit jazzcarsoncity.com. For additional information, call
775-883-4154 or email email@example.com. Mile High Jazz Band Association’s Jazz & Beyond
Festival is funded in part by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment
for the Arts. The Governor’s Office of Economic Development provided additional support through
its Nevada Pandemic Emergency Technical Support (PETS) Grant for 2021.
Photo: Lacy J. Dalton will perform at the Silver Saddle Ranch on August 15.
Photo: Reno Jazz Orchestra will perform at Capital Amphitheater on August 29
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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