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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 performs at Comma Coffee
Tuesday, January 13, 2015

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The Mile High Jazz Band, with vocalist Cindee LeVal, performs an evening of big-band jazz, "Cool Jazz in January," on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., at Comma Coffee. General admission is $5 at the door, and free for age 18 and under.

Comma Coffee, 312 S. Carson Street, is across the street from the state legislature building in Carson City.

The Mile High Jazz Band plays at Comma Coffee on the second Tuesday of each month, and poets join them every third month. For more information, call 775-883-4154, or visit MileHighJazz.com.



Millennium Bugs perform for Nevada Legislature's
2015 New Legislator Reception
at the Plaza Conference Center
Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Photograph of Nevada Legislature

The Millennium Bugs will perform for the 2015 New Legislator Reception at the Plaza Conference Center, Ninth St., Carson City, on Wednesday, January 14, 2015, from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m.



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

Photograph of Carson Middle School Jazz Band playing at
  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 (or Carson High School). This event is not open to the public, but middle school and high 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.

The workshop is being done in conjunction with the Jazz Extravaganza on the following Tuesday, January 27. Details are pending, as of this writing (12/4/14).



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 Carson High Jazz Band, the Carson Middle School Jazz Band, and the Mile High Jazz Band present their twelfth 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 School and Carson Middle School music programs.

Details are pending, as of this writing (12/4/14).

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.



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

Image of Cindee LeVal

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.



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 12/15/2014