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)


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 6/26/2016:

  • Trustees class of 2017: Ellie Bugli, Susan Crowell, Nick Jacques
  • Trustees class of 2018: Kelly Dodge, Jennifer Simkins, Betty Young
  • Trustees class of 2019: David Bugli, Rita Geil, Gail Kane

Officers (elected at 9/29/2016 Board Meeting):
  • President: David Bugli
  • Vice President: Kelly Dodge
  • Treasurer: Ellie Bugli
  • Secretary: Jennifer Simkins

Mile High Jazz Band Association Presents
Jazz Workshop for Students
Saturday, January 21, 2017

Photograph of 2016 Jazz Workshop

The Mile High Jazz Band Association will hold a jazz workshop for middle school and high school instrumental musicians from Carson City on Saturday, January 21, 2017, at Carson Middle School, 1140 W. King Street, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuition is free.

The workshop will feature sessions on Jazz Rhythms, Scales and Chords, Improvisation, and Ensemble Performance. Tyler Cravines, Nat Kline, and Jef Derderian will lead the sessions, assisted by members of the Mile High Jazz Band and other professional musicians.

The workshop is intended to spark students' interest in continuing their music education, inspire them to participate in jazz band, and demonstrate that music participation is a lifelong activity. The workshop is open to all instrumental music students who want to learn about jazz. Those who are members of the Carson Middle School and Carson High School jazz bands also will have the opportunity to perform with the Mile High Jazz Band in concert on January 31.

This event is funded in part by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council.

For information and registration, contact David Bugli at 775-883-4154, email dcbugli@aol.com, or download the registration form here on the website MileHighJazz.com.

Photo: Students and leaders at Jazz Workshop last year.

Big-Band Jazz Times Three!
Mile High-Carson High Jazz Extravaganza XIV
at the Carson City Community Center
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Photograph of last year's combined band at end of concert

It's "big-band jazz times three" when the Mile High Jazz Band, Carson High Jazz Band, and Carson Middle School Jazz Band present the 14th annual combined concert, the Mile High-Carson High Jazz Extravaganza, on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, 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 and the Carson City 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 High and Carson Middle School music students, at the Carson City Visitors Bureau (716 N. Carson Street), online at MileHighJazz.com (see BUY NOW button, below), or at the door. For information, call the Mile High Jazz Band at 775-883-4154.

The Extravaganza will feature three big bands, vocalist Cindee LeVal, combo performances, 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 high school and middle school jazz bands again," said David Bugli, Mile High Jazz Band leader and pianist. "The student music ensembles are great, and they deserve community support."

The Carson High Jazz Band, directed by Bill Zabelsky, and the Carson Middle School Jazz Band directed by Nick Jacques, attend and compete at jazz festivals each year and perform at community events throughout Carson City. The bands are zero-hour classes 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. 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. "BUY NOW" button for Jazz Extravaganza XIV tickets

Photo: Combined big bands perform in the 2016 Jazz Extravaganza.

Mile High Jazz Band Performs
"Jazz Sampler for Sweethearts" at Comma Coffee
Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017

Photograph of icicles at Mesa Verde National Park

Treat your Valentine to a Jazz Sampler for Sweethearts, an evening of sweet and hot big-band music at Comma Coffee on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 7:30 to 9:00 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.

Jazz Sampler for Sweethearts features the 18-member Mile High Jazz Band presenting jazzy versions of favorite love songs for Valentine's Day, and other swinging, big-band selections. Singer Cindee LeVal will be featured on several of the tunes.

For information about the Mile High Jazz Band, call 775-883-4154 or see milehighjazz.com.

Photo: Tenor sax player, Derek Fong, with Mile High Jazz Band at Comma Coffee.

Mile High Jazz Band Presents
"Jazz & Poetry: Easy as Pi(e)" at Comma Coffee
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Symbol representing Pi

What does the number 3.14 mean to you? To some people, it reminds them of Pi, that elusive and infinite number (3.1415....), which is very useful in mathematics. March 14 of each year is sometimes called "Pi Day" because that can be represented by 3.14 (close enough for jazz). To celebrate Pi Day, the Mile High Jazz Band performs at CommaCoffee.com on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The theme for the night is "Easy as Pi(e)."

Join the festivities as various poet/readers riff on the concepts of mathematics, baked goods (pies), and other associated ideas. Vocalist Cindee LeVal will be featured.

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

For information about the Mile High Jazz Band, call 775-883-4154 or see milehighjazz.com.

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

The next Jazz & Beyond Festival is scheduled for Aug. 4-20, 2017. 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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Last updated 1/13/2017