Past Performance Schedule
About the Players
About the Alumni Players
"Jazz & Beyond: Carson City
Music Festival" (2016, 2017, & 2018)
The Millennium Bugs
How to contact us
Mile High Jazz Band
Carson City Symphony
David Bugli website
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, effective 6/25/2017:
- Trustees class of 2018: Kelly Dodge, Jennifer Simkins, Doug Conner
- Trustees class of 2019: David Bugli, Rita Geil, Gail Kane
- Trustees class of 2020: Ellie Bugli, Joi Cerveri, Randy Seeber
Officers (elected at 9/10/2017 Board Meeting):
- President: David Bugli
- Vice President: Kelly Dodge
- Treasurer: Ellie Bugli
- Secretary: Jennifer Simkins
Cool Jazz in January at Comma Coffee
Jazz Quintet from Mile High Jazz Band
Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018
Swing into the New Year with a Jazz Quintet from the Mile High Jazz Band at
Comma Coffee on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Comma Coffee,
312 S. Carson Street, is across the street from the state legislature building
in Carson City. General admission is $5 at the door; free for age 18 and under.
The program, Cool Jazz in January, presents favorite jazz tunes featuring Derek
Fong on saxophone; Wayne Theriault on trumpet; David Bugli, keyboard; Frank Iannetta,
bass; and Brandon Dodge, drums.
Mile High Jazz Band events are supported in part by a grant from the Nevada Arts
Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. For information about Cool Jazz in
January and the Mile High Jazz Band, call 775-883-4154, or see the website
MileHighJazz.com. For information on other events at Comma Coffee, call June Joplin
at 775-883-2662 or see the website CommaCoffee.com.
Photo: Saxophonist Derek Fong will perform with the MHJB Jazz Quintet at
Comma Coffee on January 9.
Mile High Jazz Extravaganza XV
at the Carson City Community Center
Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018
The Mile High Jazz Band and Carson Middle School Jazz Band present the 15th annual
combined Jazz Extravaganza concert on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, at 7:00 p.m., in
the Bob Boldrick Theater at the Carson City Community Center, 851 E. William Street,
Carson City. The Extravaganza is sponsored by the Mile High Jazz Band Association as
a benefit for Carson City school instrumental music programs.
Tickets prices are $10 general admission and free for youth age 18 and under.
Tickets can be purchased in advance from Carson Middle School music students, at
the Nevada Day Office in the Carson City Visitors Bureau (716 N. Carson Street),
online at MileHighJazz.com, or at the door. For information, call the Mile High
Jazz Band at 775-883-4154.
The Extravaganza will feature two big bands, combo performances, some surprises,
and the traditional grand finale combining the forces of all the musicians.
Refreshments and raffle prizes will be on sale in the lobby. "We're so happy to
perform with the school jazz band again," said David Bugli, Mile High Jazz Band
leader and pianist. "The student music ensembles are great, and they deserve
The Carson Middle School Jazz Band directed by Nick Jacques, attends and
competes at jazz festivals each year and performs at community events. The band
is a zero-hour class designed to teach students about jazz - the music that began
in America and spread throughout the world.
The Mile High Jazz Band, a professional big-band, plays regularly in northern
Nevada, including monthly performances and quarterly Jazz and Poetry events at
Comma Coffee and other venues. They present the annual Jazz & Beyond: Carson
City Music Festival in August.
This program is funded in part by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council. For
more information, call Mile High Jazz Band at 775-883-4154 or see MileHighjazz.com.
Photo: Combined big bands performing in the 2017 Jazz Extravaganza
Mile High Jazz Band performs "Sampler for Sweethearts"
Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018
The Mile High Jazz Band will perform "Sampler for Sweethearts" at Living the Good Life,
1480 North Carson St., Carson City, on
Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Mile High Jazz Band Performs at Comma Coffee
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
The Mile High Jazz Band performs a "Jazz & Poetry" event
at CommaCoffee.com on
Tuesday, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $5 general and free for age 18 and under.
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.
Several of these are at Comma Coffee.
The next Jazz & Beyond Festival is scheduled for Aug. 3-19, 2018. Mark your calendars
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 Comma Coffee,
the State Legislature Building.
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.
Help support the Mile High Jazz Band by placing your music orders through Sheet Music
Plus. Just click on the link below to get connected.
One Hundred Percent Giving Board Award for 2016
from Community Foundation of Western Nevada
The Mile High Jazz Band Assoc. is a member of the
Carson City Downtown Business Assoc.