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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), call 775-883-4154.

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 Annual Meeting
Rescheduled to Sunday, July 25, 2021

Location at Adams Hub

Update: 7/16/2021: The Mile High Jazz Band Assoc. Annual Meeting, which was originally schedule for Sunday, June 27, has been moved to Sunday, July 25, 2021, at the Adams Hub, 111 W. Proctor St., Carson City.

We plan to have a quick Board meeting at 5:00, and at 5:30 the dinner and the Annual Meeting will begin. MHJB Association members, musicians, families, and friends are invited. We will briefly review the past year, preview Jazz & Beyond and the coming season, elect members to the nine-member Board of Trustees and have fun! Food and drink wil be provided by Mile High Jazz Band Association.

Please RSVP to info@jazzcarsoncity.com or call 775-883-4154.

Mile High Jazz Band Performs Fourth Dinner Show
at Living the Good Life at a New Cool Time
Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Photograph of Jakki with bells

Mile High Jazz Band will present a live, in-person performance on Tuesday, August 3, 2021, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. (an hour later than we were doing the last three months' performances). It's an outdoor dinner show at Living the Good Life Bistro, 1480 N. Carson Street in Carson City. For reservations, text 775-720-5834 before 5:00 p.m. or call 775-841-4663 after 5:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

The program will include favorite big-band jazz tunes and will feature the vocal stylings of Jakki Ford.

The August 3 event is the fourth of a series of outdoor dinner shows Mile High Jazz Band has scheduled at Living the Good Life. Following this show, we intend to go back to performances on the second Tuesday of each month, starting in September.

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.

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.

Photograph of Lacy J.Dalton

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.

Photograph of Lacy J.Dalton

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 info@jazzcarsoncity.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)

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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 at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxNbOrzkkqfwwjhvoyPgWTQ.

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 http://milehighjazz.com/virtualjnp2.htm.

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 Living the Good Life, 1480 N. Carson Street, Carson City, or at Comma Coffee. These events are on hold until further notice.


General Information

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 Living the Good Life, 1480 N. Carson Street, Carson City, or at Comma Coffee.

Millennium Bugs

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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Last updated 7/16/2021