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"Jazz & Beyond: Carson City
Music Festival" (2016, 2017, & 2018)
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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 7/15/2018:
- Trustees class of 2019: David Bugli, Rita Geil, Gail Kane
- Trustees class of 2020: Ellie Bugli, Joi Cerveri, Randy Seeber
- Trustees class of 2021: Kelly Dodge, Jennifer Simkins, Doug Conner
Officers (elected at 9/16/2018 Board Meeting):
- President: David Bugli
- Vice President: Kelly Dodge
- Treasurer: Ellie Bugli
- Secretary: Jennifer Simkins
Media Release: Jazz & Beyond Music & Art Festival Update
April 14, 2020
Mile High Band Association announces that, as of now, the Jazz and Beyond - Carson City
Music and Art Festival is still planned for August 7 to 23, 2020. The Planning Committee is
meeting by video conference and has confirmed several bands and reserved venues. Due to
uncertainty about grants, sponsors, and ad sales, as well as COVID-19 restrictions, however,
further bookings are on hold. For updates, see MileHighJazz.com
The Jazz & Beyond art contest for the festival's advertising poster, program cover, and
T-shirt design is in progress. The entry deadline has been extended to May 1, 2020.
Participation is free. Entry forms are available on the websites JazzCarsonCity.com and MileHighJazz.com.
If the festival is cancelled this year, the winning art contest designs will be used for
2021, and if a winner has not been selected, entries will be included in the 2021 competition.
For more information about the contest, entry forms, and where to deliver entries, contact
Art Contest Coordinator, Alexander Cassimus, at 408-264-4423.
The 2020 Jazz & Beyond festival includes the second annual Open Studios Tour, with a month
long exhibit in August at Western Nevada College Bristlecone Gallery, and a reception in
the gallery on Thursday, August 20. Open studios art shows and demonstrations will be
Saturday, August 22, and Sunday, August 23, at studios throughout Carson City. To participate,
and 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
Art Contest for Jazz & Beyond Music Festival
** Form available here **
Mile High Band Association's 2020 Jazz & Beyond Festival Committee is sponsoring
an art contest for Carson-Tahoe area artists. Selected entries in the competition may be used
to promote the festival, and the winning entry will be featured on the festival's advertising
poster and program cover. A T-shirt may also feature one of the designs submitted. The entry
deadline is April 1, 2020. Participation is free.
The artwork will be judged by the Jazz & Beyond committee. The winner of the competition will
receive a certificate of appreciation from the Jazz & Beyond-Carson City Music Festival and a cash
award of $100. Alexander Cassimus, art project chair, said, “The artist’s work will be front and
center, viewed by thousands of festival patrons.”
Entries must be 11”x14” and may be in any two dimensional medium (photography, digital collage
and photography, watercolor, acrylic, oil, etc.). All entries must be matted, backed, and
submitted in a protective sleeve.
Each submission must include the entry form and a digital image of the artwork as an email
attachment to email@example.com, or on a CD or thumb drive. It may also be submitted
by Drop Box to firstname.lastname@example.org. Entry forms are available for download from the
festival website, jazzcarsoncity.com.
Artists are to deliver their entries to the Nevada Artists Association Gallery,
449 West King Street, Carson City, NV, by April 1. Gallery hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.,
Tuesday through Sunday.
For more information about the contest and entry forms, contact Alexander Cassimus at 408-264-4423.
You may also click HERE for
the 2020 Jazz & Beyond Art Contest Entry Form.
Photo: Artist Reta Hanks shows her winning painting, used for the cover of the Jazz & Beyond
program and the festival T-shirt last year.
Call to Artists for Open Studios Tour
The Second Annual Carson City Open Studios Tour will be August 22-23, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
on both days. We are seeking applicants (artists) for this event.
The application form is available by clicking HERE. The deadline for applications is April 15, 2020.
The Open Studios Tour art event is presented by Mile High Jazz Band Association as part of the
2020 Jazz and Beyond Music and Art Festival, and is supported by grants from the Carson City Cultural Commission,
the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, Carson City Culture and
Tourism Authority, and private donations. For more information, call or text 775-313-8628, email
email@example.com, or visit http://JazzCarsonCity.com/event/arttour2020.
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.
Help support the Mile High Jazz Band by placing your music orders through Sheet Music
Plus. Just click on the link below to get connected.
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.