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"Jazz & Beyond: Carson City
Music Festival" (2016 to 2021)


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Mile High Jazz Band

External Links


Carson City Symphony

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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, July 2021:

  • 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
    (Class of 2024 elected at 7/25/2021 Annual Meeting)

Officers (elected at 8/30/2020 Board Meeting):
  • President: David Bugli
  • Vice President: Kelly Dodge
  • Treasurer: Ellie Bugli
  • Secretary: Jennifer Simkins

Jazz & Poetry "One and Only" Performance
Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Photo of Jakki and band at 6/23/19 showcase event

The Mile High Jazz Band will be joined by singer Jakki Ford and six award-winning poets and readers for "One and Only,” an evening of big-band jazz and poetry, on Tuesday, July 12, 2022, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., outdoors at A to Zen Studio in the north parking lot (former location of Grocery Outlet), 1803 N. Carson Street in Carson City.

Admission is by donation, suggested $10 per person. Wine, beer, soft drinks, water, and pizza are available for purchase. Audience is asked to bring lawn chairs.

Poets and readers are Rita Geil, Terri Breeden, Wayne Carlson, Krista Lukas, Susan Sara Priest, and Timothy Rhodes. Each poem in the theme of the evening, "One and Only," will be followed by a related tune performed by the band. Several feature vocalist Jakki Ford.

Pianist and bandleader David Bugli said, "We'd like to tell you the tunes we will be playing, but that would spoil the fun of the audience making the connections between the poems and the tunes that follow them. You need to be there to experience it."

Mile High Jazz Band is supported in part by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts and by private donations. For information about the band, its activities, and event tickets, see milehighjazz.com.

Photo of Jakki Ford and MHJB at June 23, 2019, showcase event at Brewery Arts Center.

Jazz & Beyond Music and Art Festival is Coming
Aug. 5-21, 2022
(Updated: 6/28/2022)

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The 19th Annual Jazz & Beyond Music & Art Festival will be August 5 to August 21, 2022. Events will take place around downtown Carson City, including McFadden Plaza and Comma Courtyard. Various performing artists are being lined up, including the Reno Jazz Orchestra, Mile High Jazz Band, The Red Tango, Niall McGuinness and the New World Jazz Project, Take This, and trumpeter Josh Reed, who will be doing a lecture-presentation at the Nevada State Museum on August 18. For general information about Jazz & Beyond, go to http://jazzcarsoncity.com.

As part of Jazz & Beyond, the Carson City Open Studios Tour will include visual art from painting, sculpture, and 3D art to jewelry and photography. These art forms will be exhibited and demonstrated in about a dozen individual and shared studio spaces. Each of the selected artists will also have one piece exhibited in the month-long NAA Summer Show. This year the Open Studios Tour will include one-day and two-day options. The one-day tour will be Friday, August 19, 12 to 5 p.m., at the Bliss Mansion and the NAA (Nevada Artists Association) Gallery. The two-day tour will be Saturday and Sunday, August 20 and 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at multiple studios throughout Carson City. Artists may participate in either the one-day tour, the two-day tour, or both. Some locations will include live music. For more information, contact ccopenstudio@gmail.com.

Mile High Jazz Band featured in
Basie Birthday Concert at End of Jazz & Beyond
Sunday, August 21, 2022

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The Mile High Jazz Band will be performing a Basie Birthday Concert on Sunday, August 21, 2022, at the Governor's Mansion as the final event of the Jazz & Beyond Carson City Music & Art Festival. Count Basie was born August 21, 1904, and was the inspiration for the first Carson City festival that gradually came to be known as Jazz & Beyond. The time of the event will be determined, but is likely to start at 6:00 p.m. For further information on the Jazz & Beyond Festival, go to http://jazzcarsoncity.com.

Date set for 2023 Jazz Extravaganza
Tuesday, February 21, 2023

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The date has been set for the 2023 Jazz Extravaganza. It will be Tuesday, February 21, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. at the Carson City Community Center. The Mile High Jazz Band, Carson High School Jazz Band, Carson Middle School Jazz Band, and perhaps another youth group will be performing on this concert. This event is a fundraiser for youth music programs.

For further information, call 775-883-4154.

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 were at Living the Good Life, 1480 N. Carson Street, Carson City. Unfortunately, Living the Good Life is closing for good on Jan. 29, 2022. These events are subject to change, subject to pandemic conditions.


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 7/7/2022