Welcome to the Mile High Jazz Band Website







Past Performance Schedule


Rehearsal Schedule


About the Players


About the Alumni Players


"Jazz & Beyond: Carson City
Music Festival" (2015 & 2016)


Audio Samples


The Millennium Bugs


Jazz Extravaganzas


Press Releases


Membership form


Funding Priorities


How to contact us


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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 6/25/2015:

  • Trustees class of 2016: David Bugli, Rita Geil , Bob Sullivan
  • Trustees class of 2017: Ellie Bugli, Susan Crowell, Nick Jacques
  • Trustees class of 2018: Kelly Dodge, Jennifer Simkins, Betty Young

Officers (elected at 6/25/2015 Board Meeting):
  • President: David Bugli
  • Vice President: Susan Crowell
  • Treasurer: Ellie Bugli
  • Secretary: Bob Sullivan

"Jazz & Beyond" Carson City Music Festival
for 2016 Music Festival

Photograph of J&B logo

The 2016 "Jazz and Beyond: Carson City Music Festival" runs from Aug. 5 to 21 at multiple locations in Carson City.

Jazz & Beyond is a homegrown event that celebrates the talent of our region and relies on many local citizens who donate their time and effort. Volunteers, sponsors, and advertisers help us make the event one of the best in the area, and keep most performances admission free.

The festival, which began in 2004, is presented by Mile High Jazz Band Association, Carson City, local businesses, and music lovers. Most festival events will be downtown. This year the Jazz & Beyond Festival features over 60 performances and over 100 performers. Beyond jazz, it included bluegrass, blues, rock, and more. Free events, including Sunday afternoon concerts on the grounds of the Legislature, attract large crowds.

For information about festival details, volunteer positions, sponsorships, ad rates, and other details, see JazzCarsonCity.com or call the Mile High Jazz Band Association at 775-883-4154.

For a printable schedule in PDF format, click here.

Opening of Jazz & Beyond
Coming Soon!!

Jazz & Beyond logo with notes

The 2016 Jazz & Beyond festival is almost here! Once again we will have favorite bands from previous years, some great new ones, and various special events - including a day at the Silver Saddle Ranch on Aug. 7 to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Quality of Life Initiative.

The opening event at the Bliss Mansion garden on Friday, August 5, includes a Capital City Arts Initiative and Nevada Artists Association art show and sale on the porch of the mansion, tours of the mansion, music by the Triple Treble flute trio, followed by "Cherie and John Shipley with Take This." The Ms. Dixie Vintage art bus from Fallon and a food truck will also be on hand.

We'll have two Saturday afternoon performances sponsored by Carson Mall, four Sunday performances at the Legislative Plaza/Capitol Amphitheater, a lecture with live band and art show at the Brewery Arts Center, a fabulous Speakeasy Swing Dance Party, and lots more.

For detailed information, see http://jazzcarsoncity.com. For a printable schedule in PDF format, click here.

Mile High Jazz Band Performs at Comma Coffee
Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Photograph of June Joplin singing with MHJB

The Mile High Jazz Band performs July Jazz at CommaCoffee.com on Tuesday, July 12, 2016, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. If the weather is good, we will play outdoors in Comma Courtyard. This is during the Jazz & Beyond Carson City Music Festival. Cindee LeVal, Jakki Ford, and June Joplin will be featured on vocal solos with the band.

Admission is $5 general and free for age 18 and under.

Pictured: June Joplin singing with MHJB.

Millennium Bugs play for Ice Cream Social
Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016

Composite photograph of 4 Millennium Bugs

As part of the "Jazz & Beyond Music Festival," the Millennium Bugs will play from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Foreman-Roberts House Museum on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016, for the Carson City Historical Society Ice Cream Social. The event is free. Ice cream may be purchased at the event.

Most Comma Coffee gigs are on the second Tuesday of each month from 7:30 to 9:00 or 9:30 p.m.


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 Comma Coffee, across from the State Legislature Building.

Millennium Bugs

Photograph of the Millennium Bugs in front of the Foreman-Roberts
 House Museum

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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The Mile High Jazz Band Assoc. is a member of the Carson City Downtown Business Assoc.

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Last updated 7/29/2016