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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), 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.

Millennium Bugs Play for Newcomers Club Luncheon
Thursday, January 22, 2015

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The Millennium Bugs will play for the Reno-Sparks Newcomers Club Luncheon on Thursday, January 22, 2015, at the Atlantis Casino in Reno. For information on the event go to the Club's website at www.newcomersclubofreno-sparks.org.



Jazz Workshop for students
Saturday, January 24, 2015

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  Jazz Extravaganza on Jan. 28, 2014

On Saturday, January 24, 2015, the Mile High Jazz Band will present a jazz workshop for middle school and high school students. The workshop will be at Carson Middle School from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This event is not open to the public, but middle school and high school age musicians from Carson City may participate. There is no cost to participate.

Clinicians for the various sessions are Lee Warner (rhythm), Jef Derderian (improvisation), and Nat Kline (scales and chords). Warner is a veteran drummer and has performed with numerous bands, including the Mile High Jazz Band. Derderian and Kline are graduate students at UNR. Assisting them in instruction will be members of the Mile High Jazz Band.

For information, contact David Bugli at 775-883-4154. This event is funded in part by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council.

The workshop is being done in conjunction with the Jazz Extravaganza on the following Tuesday, January 27, 2015.



Mile High-Carson High Jazz Extravaganza
at the Carson City Community Center
Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015

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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 12th annual combined concert, the Mile High-Carson High Jazz Extravaganza, on Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 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 High instrumental music programs.

Tickets prices are $12 general admission, $10 students and seniors (62+), and $5 for youth age 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased in advance from Carson High Band members, 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 pleased 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."

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The Carson High Jazz Band (pictured at right) attends and competes at jazz festivals each year and has performed at community events throughout Carson City. Directed by Bill Zabelsky, the band is a zero-hour class at Carson High School designed to teach students about jazz - the music that began in America and has spread throughout the world. The Carson Middle School Jazz Band is directed by Nick Jacques, who also plays tenor sax in Mile High Jazz Band.

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 sponsor the annual Jazz & Beyond: Carson City Music Festival in August. Mile High Jazz Band appearances are funded, in part, by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

For more information, call Mile High Jazz Band at 775-883-4154 or see MileHighjazz.com.



Mile High Jazz Band Earns The Community Foundation
of Western Nevada Certificate

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For the fourth year in a row, the Mile High Jazz Band Assoc. has earned a certificate for Generous Leadership and Exemplary Commitment from The Community Foundation of Western Nevada. The certificate is given for 100 percent monetary support and generous leadership in 2014 by the Board of the Association. We thank the Board for their commitment to the organization and its aims.



Mile High Jazz Band performs "Jazz Sampler for Sweethearts" at Comma Coffee
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

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Treat your Valentine to a Jazz Sampler for Sweethearts, an evening of sweet and hot big-band music with singer Cindee LaVal, pictured at left, at Comma Coffee on Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 7:30 to 9:30 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 19-member Mile High Jazz Band presenting jazzy versions of favorite love songs for Valentine's Day, and other swinging, big-band selections. The performance is funded, in part, by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

For information about live music at Comma Coffee, call June Joplin at 775-883-2662 or see CommaCoffee.com. For information about the Mile High Jazz Band, call 775-883-4154 or see milehighjazz.com.



"Jazz & Beyond" Volunteers Planning
for 2015 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 October 7, 2014, 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. 7 to 23 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. Most festival events will be downtown. Last year, the Jazz & Beyond Festival featured 60 performances and over 100 performers. Beyond jazz, it included bluegrass, blues, rock, 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 volunteer positions, sponsorships, ad rates, and festival details, see JazzCarsonCity.com or call the Mile High Jazz Band Association at 775-883-4154.



Mile High Jazz Band Performs at Comma Coffee
March 10, 2015

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The Mile High Jazz Band performs "Jazz & Poetry" at CommaCoffee.com on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 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
April 14, 2015

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The Mile High Jazz Band performs Anniversary Program at CommaCoffee.com on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 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
May 12, 2015

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The Mile High Jazz Band performs at CommaCoffee.com on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 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
June 9, 2015

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The Mile High Jazz Band performs "Jazz & Poetry" at CommaCoffee.com on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 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
July 14, 2015

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The Mile High Jazz Band performs at CommaCoffee.com on Tuesday, July 14, 2015, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $5 general and free for age 18 and under.



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

 


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

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 1/17/2015