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Past Performance Schedule


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About the Players


About the Alumni Players


"Jazz & Beyond: Carson City
Music Festival" (2013)


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The Millennium Bugs


Jazz Extravaganzas


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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.

Mile High Jazz Band Presents
April Jazz Anniversary Concert
Tuesday, April 8, 2014

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For 13 years, Mile High Jazz Band has been playing at Comma Coffee, 312 S. Carson Street, on the second Tuesday of every month, thanks to the cooperation of Comma Coffee owner, June Joplin (pictured). Come celebrate this milestone with us on April 8, 2014! Hear sensational big-band music with vocalist Sheryl Adams and guest vocalists Cindee LeVal and June Joplin, and enjoy anniversary cake at intermission. General admission is $5 at the door, and it's free for age 18 and under.

The Mile High Jazz Band includes trumpets, trombones, saxophones, keyboard, guitar, bass, drums, and singers. They will play about twenty tunes from their ever-expanding repertoire of selections in the style of Basie, Ellington, and more contemporary composers and arrangers.

The performance is supported, in part, with public funding through the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

For information about the Mile High Jazz Band, call 775-883-4154, or visit their web site: MileHighJazz.com. For information about other live music at Comma Coffee, call June Joplin at 775-883-2662.

"Jazz & Beyond" Seeks Volunteers
for 2014 Music Festival

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The "Jazz and Beyond: Carson City Music Festival" held a kick-off meeting for organizers and potential volunteers on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Carson City Chamber of Commerce Conference Room, 1200 S. Carson St., Carson City. This year's festival is scheduled to run from Aug. 1 to 17 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," said committee co-chair David Bugli, president of the Mile High Jazz Band Association. "Your participation on the organizing committee can help make this, our eleventh year, a great success. 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. Many festival events will be downtown, and one or more may be held in conjunction with the Nevada Sesquicentennial Fair from July 30 through Aug. 3 in Fuji Park. (See http://www.nv150fair.com.) Last year, the Jazz & Beyond Festival featured 60 performances and over 100 performers. Beyond jazz, it included bluegrass, blues, mariachi, and more. Free events, including Sunday afternoon concerts on the grounds of the Legislature, attracted large crowds. Information about last year's festival can be found at http://milehighjazz.com/jazzcarsoncity.htm.

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

Middle School Jazz Workshop
Saturday, May 3, 2014

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  Jazz Extravaganza on Jan. 28, 2014

On Saturday, May, 3, 2014, the Mile High Jazz Band will present a jazz workshop for middle school students from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The workshop will be at Carson Middle School. This event is not open to the public, but middle school age musicians from Carson City may participate. For information, contact David Bugli at 775-883-4154. This event is funded in part by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council.

Mile High Jazz Band performs at Comma Coffee
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

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The Mile High Jazz Band performs "Merry May Jazz" at Comma Coffee on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $5 general and free for age 18 and under.

Mile High Jazz Band performs at Comma Coffee
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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The Mile High Jazz Band performs at Comma Coffee on the second Tuesday of almost every month from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. This will likely be a "Jazz & Poetry" event.

Mile High Jazz Band performs at Comma Coffee
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

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The Mile High Jazz Band performs at Comma Coffee on the second Tuesday of almost every month from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

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


Jazz & Beyond 2013 & 2014

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The 2013 "Jazz & Beyond: Carson City Music Festival" took place from Aug. 2 to Aug. 18, 2013. Over 60 events were presented, including Sunday outdoor concerts on the Legislative Plaza, "Wine and Jazz" events each Saturday in Carson Mall, a lecture on the History of Rock and Roll, a Garden Party event with Cami Thompson, a Speakeasy Dance, and special events.

Next year's "Jazz & Beyond will be held Aug. 1 to 17, 2014, so mark your calendars now.

Go to http://JazzCarsonCity.com for the festival home page.

You may also go directly to our "details" page at milehighjazz.com/jazzcarsoncity.htm.

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 100 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 an annual, multi-day Jazz Festival in Carson City in August.

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

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 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 4/4/2014