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Mile High Jazz Band


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Carson City Symphony

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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

Mile High Summer Jazz Camp
June 13-19, 2018, in Carson City
Includes Navy Band Workshop

Photograph of Jazz Camp in June 2017

Mile High Jazz Band Association, in cooperation with Carson Middle School, presents a five-day Jazz Camp with sessions for middle- and high-school musicians, weekdays June 13-19, in the band room at Carson Middle School, 1140 W. King St., in Carson City. The final day features a workshop/clinic with the US Navy 32nd Street Brass Band. Beginning and advanced sessions are open to students from Carson City and surrounding areas in northern Nevada and California.

The introductory Jazz Explorers Camp, from 9:00 to 10:15 a.m. each day, is for students who are new to jazz or want to try a secondary jazz instrument. It includes learning the blues scale, improvisation skills, and swing and rock styles. The registration fee includes music, instruction, and snacks, and workshop with the US Navy 32nd Street Brass Band.

The Jazz Ensemble Camp, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. each day, is for students who have at least one year of jazz experience or are high-school musicians, including graduated seniors. Students will prepare songs in various jazz styles, learn solos, and perform in a public concert. Registration fee includes music, instruction, snacks, workshop with the US Navy 32nd Street Brass Band and a free public performance with the Navy Band and the Mile High Jazz Band on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. at the McFadden Plaza stage in Carson City.

Organizer-director is Nick Jacques, band director at Carson Middle School, with guest instructors from the Mile High Jazz Band. Advance registration is required.

Students may register for one or both sessions. The fee for Jazz Explorers is $25 for the week; for Jazz Ensemble is $40; and for both is $55. Payment by cash or check payable to "MHJB" is due the first day of camp. Some scholarships will be available. To register or for more information, see www.cmsbands.org.

Mile High Summer Jazz Camp is supported in part by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Photo: Middle- and high-school musicians at Mile High Jazz Camp last summer.



Free Concert - Three Bands
US Navy 32nd Street Brass Band,
Mile High Jazz Camp Band, and Mile High Jazz Band
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Banner for special event on McFadden Plaza

Navy Band Southwest provides a taste of New Orleans with its newest group, the 32nd Street Brass Band, on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 7:00-9:30 p.m. at Bob McFadden Plaza, 223 W. Third Street, Carson City. The band, in Carson City during Navy Week, incorporates jazz, funk, Dixieland, and R&B, to keep everyone moving and entertained. Admission is free.

The Mile High Jazz Camp Band, led by Nick Jacques, will open the concert. After a week of study with Jacques and a workshop with the 32nd Street Brass Band, these middle- and high-school musicians are eager to show their style. The Mile High Jazz Band with vocalist Jakki Ford will also perform, followed by all three bands combined for a rousing finale.

People of all ages will enjoy the ambiance of the outdoor venue with several informal dining options. Please bring chairs.

The jazz camp and this concert are supported in part by the Mile High Jazz Band with public funding through a grant from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, call the Mile High Jazz Band at 775-883-4154, or visit the web site: MileHighJazz.com.



Mile High Jazz Band Performs at Living the Good Life
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Photograph of MHJB at Living the Good Life

The Mile High Jazz Band performs at Living the Good Life, 1480 N. Carson Street, Carson City, on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is free, and donations are greatly appreciated.



Jazz & Beyond – Carson City Music and Art Festival
August 3-19, 2018

Photograph of Take This in August 2017.  Photo courtesy of Patrick Kennedy.

Mile High Jazz Band Association and Carson City present the 15th Annual Jazz & Beyond Music & Art Festival. It features 17 days of Music, Art, and Film at multiple venues in Carson City, from August 3 through 19, 2018.

"Jazz & Beyond is a homegrown event celebrating the talent of our region and relying on many local music fans who donate their time and effort," said planning committee co-chair David Bugli, President of the Mile High Jazz Band Assoc. "Sponsors and volunteers help us make the event one of the best in the area, and keep performances admission free."

The festival opens on Friday, August 3, at the historic Bliss Mansion, northeast corner Mountain and Robinson Streets. An art show and sale on the porch at 4:00 p.m. features artists from the Nevada Artists Association. Music begins at 4:30 p.m. with the Rocky Tatarelli Band, followed at 6:30 p.m. by Cherie and John Shipley with the Take This band.

Two special events will be a talk and performance on World Percussion with Chance Utter assisted by Andy Heglund, The Batamba Collective, and members of the UNR World Percussion Ensemble on Thursday, August 9, at the Brewery Arts Center Performance Hall, and a talk and performance on Virginia City's Jazz Era by John Shipley and friends on Thursday, August 16, at the Nevada State Museum.

Photograph of Batamba Collective in 2017.

The third annual “A Day at the Silver Saddle Ranch,” 2648 Carson River Road on the east side of Prison Hill, will be on Sunday, August 12, beginning at 2:00 p.m. Bluegrass and Western music, live animals, and food trucks will be featured. Musicians are Chris Bayer, Dale Poune, the Sierra Sweethearts, and more.

Free concerts also will be held at the Capital Amphitheater, Nevada State Railroad Museum, Carson Mall, Comma Coffee Courtyard, Bob McFadden Plaza, Brewery Arts Center, and other Carson City venues. Favorite and new performing groups include The Red Tango, Batamba Collective, Reno Jazz Orchestra, Mile High Jazz Band, and many more.

A full schedule of events will be available on the website JazzCarsonCity.com. For sponsor and volunteer opportunities, call 775-883-4154,

Photo on left: Cherie and John Shipley with the Take This band will open the Jazz & Beyond - Carson City Music & Art Festival at the Bliss mansion on August 3.

Photo on right: Batamba Collective (World Percussion Ensemble) will perform at the Brewery Arts Center Performance Hall on August 9.



Jazz & Beyond – Carson City
Music and Art Festival
August 3-19, 2018

Photograph of vocalist Cherie Shipley, who will be performing with Take This on the
  opening night of the festival.

Media release – March 30, 2018: Mile High Jazz Band Association and Carson City present the 15th Annual Jazz & Beyond Festival. It features 17 days of Music, Art, and Film at multiple venues in Carson City, August 3-19.

"Jazz & Beyond is a homegrown event celebrating the talent of our region and relying on many local music fans who donate their time and effort," said committee co-chair David Bugli, President of the Mile High Jazz Band Assoc. "Sponsors and volunteers help us make the event one of the best in the area, and keep most performances admission free."

The festival opens on Friday, August 3, at the historic Bliss mansion, corner Mountain and Robinson Streets. An art show and sale on the porch at 4:00 p.m. features artists from the Capital City Arts Initiative and the Nevada Artists Association. Music on the lawn begins at 4:30 p.m. followed by by Cherie and John Shipley with Take This band at 6:30 p.m.

The third annual "A Day at the Silver Saddle Ranch," 2648 Carson River Road on the east side of Prison Hill, will be on Sunday, August 12, beginning at 2:00 p.m. Great music, live animals, and food trucks will be featured.

Free concerts also will be held at the Capital Amphitheater, Nevada State Railroad Museum, Comma Coffee Courtyard, Bob McFadden Plaza, Brewery Arts Center, and other Carson City venues. A full schedule of events will be available on the website JazzCarsonCity.com. For sponsor and volunteer opportunities, call 775-883-4154.

The festival is being listed at the "Blues Festival Guide 2018."

Pictured: Photograph of vocalist Cherie Shipley, who will be performing with Take This on the opening night of the festival.



Millennium Bugs play for Ice Cream Social
Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018

Picture of ice cream.

As part of the "Jazz & Beyond Music Festival," the Millennium Bugs will play from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Foreman-Roberts House Museum on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, for the Carson City Historical Society Ice Cream Social. The event is free. Ice cream may be purchased at the event.

The website for the Carson City Historical Society is http://cchistorical.org.



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 Living the Good Life, 1480 N. Carson Street, Carson City, or 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 Living the Good Life, 1480 N. Carson Street, Carson City, or at Comma Coffee.

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 6/15/2018