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" (2016, 2017, & 2018)


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 6/25/2017:

  • 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

Photograph of Derek Fong

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

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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 community support."

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

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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

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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 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 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 1/5/2018