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, & 2018)


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 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

David & Friends perform for Wine Walk
Saturday, October 6, 2018

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David & Friends, a jazz combo led by David Bugli, will perform for the Wine Walk on Saturday, October 6, 2018, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Nevada Artists Association Gallery (inside the main Brewery Arts Center building, 449 W. King St., Carson City).

Join Carson City Downtown Business Association businesses for one of the most fun social events held in Downtown Carson City. On the first Saturday of every month, participants can stroll to over 35 locations pouring wine, providing entertainment, and offering special deals for wine walkers. At the end of every wine walk, at 5:00 p.m. sharp, there is a raffle in Alatte Wine and Coffee Bar at the Carson Nugget with many prizes donated by the downtown businesses. Raffle tickets are provided with your paid entry into the wine walk. Did you have a great experience at one of the locations? Don't forget to cast your ballot, also provided, for your favorite wine walk stop.

Purchase your tickets at The Carson Nugget, Carson Jewelry & Loan, Touched By Angels, Purple Avocado, Cactus Jacks Casino, The Brewery Arts Center, or Comma Coffee for $15 without an official wine walk glass or $10 with the official wine walk glass.

Mile High Jazz Band Performs Autumn Big-band Jazz
With Jakki Ford at Living the Good Life
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Photograph of MHJB with Jakki Ford at Living the Good Life

Enjoy an evening of big-band music with vocalist Jakki Ford on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Living the Good Life Bisto, 1480 N. Carson Street in Carson City. Admission is free and donations are greatly appreciated.

The program, Autumn Big-band Jazz, presents the 17-member Mile High Jazz Band playing favorite and new big-band songs. The concert celebrates Harmony for Humanity as part of World Music Days, an annual global event affirming the ideals of tolerance, friendship, and shared humanity, inspired by the life and work of journalist and musician Daniel Pearl. The performance also commemorates National Arts and Humanities month, a coast-to-coast recognition of the importance of culture in America.

Mile High Jazz Band events are supported in part by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. For information about Autumn Big-band Jazz and the Mile High Jazz Band, call 775-883-4154, or see the website MileHighJazz.com. For information on other events at Living the Good Life, see facebook.com/livingthegoodlifecc.

Photo: Jakki Ford will perform with Mile High Jazz Band at Living the Good Life on October 9.

Mile High Jazz Band Performs at Living the Good Life
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

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The Mile High Jazz Band performs at Living the Good Life, 1480 N. Carson Street, Carson City, on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is free, and donations are greatly appreciated.

Mile High Jazz Band Performs "Comfort & Joy"
Jazz & Poetry at Comma Coffee
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

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The Mile High Jazz Band performs "Comfort & Joy" (Jazz and Poetry) at CommaCoffee.com on Tuesday, December 11, 2018, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $5 general and free for age 18 and under.

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. 9-25, 2019. 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

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 9/28/2018