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Past Performance Schedule


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About the Players


About the Alumni Players


"Jazz & Beyond: Carson City
Music Festival" (2016, 2017, & 2018)


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The Millennium Bugs


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Mile High Jazz Band

External Links


Carson City Symphony

David Bugli website

Carson City Arts & Culture Coalition

Sacramento Traditional Jazz
Society (STJS)



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, effective 7/15/2018:

  • Trustees class of 2019: David Bugli, Rita Geil, Gail Kane
  • Trustees class of 2020: Ellie Bugli, Joi Cerveri, Randy Seeber
  • Trustees class of 2021: Kelly Dodge, Jennifer Simkins, Doug Conner

Officers (elected at 9/16/2018 Board Meeting):
  • President: David Bugli
  • Vice President: Kelly Dodge
  • Treasurer: Ellie Bugli
  • Secretary: Jennifer Simkins

Media Release: Jazz & Beyond Music & Art Festival Update
April 14, 2020

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Mile High Band Association announces that, as of now, the Jazz and Beyond - Carson City Music and Art Festival is still planned for August 7 to 23, 2020. The Planning Committee is meeting by video conference and has confirmed several bands and reserved venues. Due to uncertainty about grants, sponsors, and ad sales, as well as COVID-19 restrictions, however, further bookings are on hold. For updates, see MileHighJazz.com

The Jazz & Beyond art contest for the festival's advertising poster, program cover, and T-shirt design is in progress. The entry deadline has been extended to May 1, 2020. Participation is free. Entry forms are available on the websites JazzCarsonCity.com and MileHighJazz.com.

If the festival is cancelled this year, the winning art contest designs will be used for 2021, and if a winner has not been selected, entries will be included in the 2021 competition. For more information about the contest, entry forms, and where to deliver entries, contact Art Contest Coordinator, Alexander Cassimus, at 408-264-4423.

The 2020 Jazz & Beyond festival includes the second annual Open Studios Tour, with a month long exhibit in August at Western Nevada College Bristlecone Gallery, and a reception in the gallery on Thursday, August 20. Open studios art shows and demonstrations will be Saturday, August 22, and Sunday, August 23, at studios throughout Carson City. To participate, and for more information, call or text 775-313-8628, email ccopenstudio@gmail.com, or see http://JazzCarsonCity.com/event/arttour2020.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Notification
Updated: April 15, 2020, at 8:30 p.m.

Most events listed below are on hold. If there will be any changes, we will post them on this website, notify CarsonNow.org, and make efforts to contact all participants. The health of our musicians, audience, and volunteers is our concern. We will be following advice from city/county and medical professionals as we make our decisions.

Mile High Jazz Band rehearsals are on hold until further notice. The April 14th performance at Living the Good Life was cancelled and the May 12th performance has been cancelled. We will be evaluating if there needs to be changes to other programs, due to the Coronavirus situation.

Mile High Jazz Band will NOT perform at Living the Good Life
Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Photograph of MHJB at Living the Good Life

The Mile High Jazz Band had intended to perform at Living the Good Life, 1480 N. Carson Street, Carson City, on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. However, this performance has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus epidemic.

It is important that locations that support big band jazz in Carson City, such as Living the Good Life and Comma Coffee, continue to provide space for liver performances. I encourage you to show your support of these establishments by buying gift cards for future meals. - David Bugli, Leader of Mile High Jazz Band

Art Contest for Jazz & Beyond Music Festival
** Form available here **

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Mile High Band Association's 2020 Jazz & Beyond Festival Committee is sponsoring an art contest for Carson-Tahoe area artists. Selected entries in the competition may be used to promote the festival, and the winning entry will be featured on the festival's advertising poster and program cover. A T-shirt may also feature one of the designs submitted. The entry deadline is April 1, 2020. Participation is free.

The artwork will be judged by the Jazz & Beyond committee. The winner of the competition will receive a certificate of appreciation from the Jazz & Beyond-Carson City Music Festival and a cash award of $100. Alexander Cassimus, art project chair, said, “The artist’s work will be front and center, viewed by thousands of festival patrons.”

Photo of Reta Hanks with winning 2019 artwork

Entries must be 11”x14” and may be in any two dimensional medium (photography, digital collage and photography, watercolor, acrylic, oil, etc.). All entries must be matted, backed, and submitted in a protective sleeve.

Each submission must include the entry form and a digital image of the artwork as an email attachment to info@jazzcarsoncity.com, or on a CD or thumb drive. It may also be submitted by Drop Box to info@jazzcarsoncity.com. Entry forms are available for download from the festival website, jazzcarsoncity.com.

Artists are to deliver their entries to the Nevada Artists Association Gallery, 449 West King Street, Carson City, NV, by April 1. Gallery hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday.

For more information about the contest and entry forms, contact Alexander Cassimus at 408-264-4423. You may also click HERE for the 2020 Jazz & Beyond Art Contest Entry Form.

Photo: Artist Reta Hanks shows her winning painting, used for the cover of the Jazz & Beyond program and the festival T-shirt last year.

Call to Artists for Open Studios Tour
Posted: 2/24/2020

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The Second Annual Carson City Open Studios Tour will be August 22-23, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on both days. We are seeking applicants (artists) for this event.

The application form is available by clicking HERE. The deadline for applications is April 15, 2020.

The Open Studios Tour art event is presented by Mile High Jazz Band Association as part of the 2020 Jazz and Beyond Music and Art Festival, and is supported by grants from the Carson City Cultural Commission, the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, Carson City Culture and Tourism Authority, and private donations. For more information, call or text 775-313-8628, email ccopenstudio@gmail.com, or visit http://JazzCarsonCity.com/event/arttour2020.

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.

The 2020 Jazz & Beyond Festival is scheduled for Aug. 7-23, 2020. Mark your calendars now.


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 4/15/2020