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 late 2019:
- Trustees class of 2020: Ellie Bugli, Joi Cerveri, Randy Seeber
- Trustees class of 2021: Kelly Dodge, Jennifer Simkins, Doug Conner
- Trustees class of 2022: David Bugli, Rita Geil, Clay Cooper
Officers (elected at 2019 Board Meeting):
- President: David Bugli
- Vice President: Kelly Dodge
- Treasurer: Ellie Bugli
- Secretary: Jennifer Simkins
Mile High Jazz Band Annual Meeting on Zoom
Also Board Meeting
Sunday, July 12, 2020
You are invited to join us at a safe social distance on Zoom! Help celebrate our accomplishment!
The Mile High Jazz Band Association Association will hold its Annual Membership Meeting
on Sunday, July 12, 2020, at 4:30 p.m. on Zoom. The Zoom meeting ID is 83888691967. Please call
775-883-4154 to obtain the password or a link.
Members, future members, friends, and guests are welcome. Admission is free.
Members will elect Board members to fill open terms. We will review accomplishments, discuss the
challenges brought about by the Coronavirus epidemic, discuss plans for Jazz & Beyond this summer,
and hear about plans for 2020 and 2021. We will also share some recorded entertainment by members of
the band and some of our poet/readers.
To register, and for more information, call 775-883-4154. For general information about
the Association, see MileHighJazz.com.
Media Release: Jazz & Beyond Music & Art Festival
Updated July 8, 2020
Mile High Band Association announces that, as of now (7/8/2020), the Jazz and Beyond - Carson City
Music and Art Festival is still planned for August 9 to 23, 2020 (starting two days later than
originally planned). The Planning Committee is
meeting by video conferences and is confirming several bands and hoping to reserve appropriate venues. Due to
uncertainty about COVID-19 restrictions, however,
some bookings are on hold.
The 2020 Jazz & Beyond festival includes the second annual Open Studios Tour (OST). The month
long exhibit in August planned for Western Nevada College Bristlecone Gallery for OST artists
has been cancelled. However, Open Studios art shows and demonstrations will be
Saturday, August 22, and Sunday, August 23, at studios throughout Carson City. For
more information, call or text 775-313-8628, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or see
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
The Mile High Jazz Band had intended to perform at
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
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
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
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
the Good Life, 1480 N. Carson Street, Carson City, or at
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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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.